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I have a Jimny and notice that when accelerating between 40 -50 mph and decelerating 50-40mph I get a steering wheel shake/shudder. Once out of this speed range the car is OK again. Has anyone experienced similar problems?

I spoke with Suzuki in the UK and they did not seem aware of any known problems.

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Check your king pin bearings. Jack up the front and place the front on jackstands. Now using a crowbar push one of the the front wheels upwards. Do the same procedure on the other wheel. If you feel a small gap when pushing the king pin bearing is worn out. Replace it.

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Had same exact problem with a 2004 jimny, with 25,000 miles on it. Spent 800 euros on new tires (2 sets of 4), as well as more money on wheel balancing and 2 alignments. No help. Suzuki Dealer scratched head in wonder as to what it might be........

Traded it in last week on a 2006 Jimny. Hoping problem doesn't return, but if it does will look into kingpin being bent.
 

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I have this same problem.

As boris has said sounds like the bearing.

I have had a bearing nipped up, and the shudder - again 45-50mph has been drastically reduced!

Boris, can you clarify what exactly i'm feeling for???
I understand the jack it up, push wheels up etc, but then....confused....

Thanks, Jonny
 

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Hi, i have a Jimny Mode 2003. For the passed few months i have experienced this dreadful shuddering when you hit 40 mph. It has about 15,000 on the clock. it has been back to the dealers twice and as yet they have not discovered the cause.
So far the balancing has been done 3 times the tracking twice, wheels have all been replaced to no avail.
Today it has been in for it's service and once again they are baffled by the cause!it is going in again in two weeks time for two days and they are going to try and sort it out. The Suzuki dealership where i bought my car has not heard from anyone else that they have had this problem. Iwill print off the replies on this forum for them to read!
 

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HINT...to them they might want to check the king pins.

As i said above, i had my driver side bearing tightened and the shudder is there, but no where near as bad!!!!

Good luck...Jonny
 

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Thanks i will do that, it is going in again next week for two days so they can have a "good look at it".
will let you all know how or if the problem is rectified!
 

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I have now taken the car in to a garage and had the front two wheels balanced, and this appears to have solved the problem. It is like driving a different car!
 

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uncontrollable steering wheel

Hi everyone,

I have the same problem with the steering wheel turning 45 degrees to the left and to the right when I hit the speed of 60-80 kph. This happened first when I was going on a 250 km trip last year October, I had the wheels aligned since the steering wheel was a bit to the left (since I acquired it second hand). When I first hit 60 kph, started shaking madly. A mechanic on one of the gas stations helped by placing some washers in the two front wheels, cant remember which part since this was last last year. Shaking was lessened significantly. Just a week ago, I had it repaired in a Suzuki service center and they blamed the tierods for it (3rd opinion I got), which I had replaced, afterwhich, they naturally had it wheel aligned. Now it starts shaking madly again at 60-80 kph. Everytime it gets wheel balanced, the shake gets really scary! Now they say I need to replace my tires, but based on your exchanges here, I think I'll be wasting money replacing some still good tires.

Thanks everyone. I'll let you know how it goes cause I'm on my way to a mechanic now.
 

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changed tires

changed front tires but shudder is still present, now at 80kph. the mechanic i saw last weekend also does not know what to do with it. its like a guessing game, the ony thing sure is, as they keep guessing, you keep paying. so, until i get a really sensible answer, no one gets to touch and try to fix the car...more research...
 

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Yes exactly as your problem. I have a new Jimny, only 10000 km and notice that when accelerating between 40 -50 mph and decelerating 60-30mph I get a steering wheel shake, a shimmy, but not ever, in times all is well. It is not a mechanical worn out it is a defect.
In all terrain, dirty ground, 4x4, it didn't appears. You can put a bearing suspender.
But be aware and happy with it and take care.
saltamontes
 

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any new ideas?

Hi guys,

Still the same steering wheel problems here. The service centers can only do so much as this may be a manufacturing problem already. I would assume that not all jimny's are like this. If you have anything, please let me know. If something comes up, i'll post a note here as well.

Thanks and drive safely.

Armand
 

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wiggling problem

Hi,

I've had the same problems on my 2006 jimny at.
Check your tires for runout (axle&radial) and rims.If tire runout exceeds tolerances there's no way of stopping wiggling.
If all tires & rims are ok then try sliding the tire over rim to adjust exact uniformity.There's one point for optimal match(A good technician will know how to do this).After rebalancing i hope you'll have smooth ride.
 

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Steering Stabilizer

Had the same shudder problems with my Jimny JLX 2004 (30.000 km) after standard wheels/tyres were replaced with a new set of (standard) rims with winter tyres 205/70/15.

The dealer solved the problem (all factory warranty)
in sequential order:
Wheels balanced (problem still there)
Kingpin-bearings replaced (problem almost gone)
Installed Steering Stabilizer (problem gone)
No need for wheel alignment.
Steering is a little heavier, but overall the handling is improved, no sudden shocks on rocky roads, less reaction on sidewinds.
Should be factory-mounted.

Jeroen
 

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Shudder...

I am another Jimny owner with the same problem... It happens when one of the front wheels hits a hole... It appeared @ 15000km, more or less, was 'solved' after front wheels were balanced & aligned, but has come back... I have changed the dampers (for worse...). What's that 'Steering Stabilizer' that you mention, Chocotoff...?? My Jimny (a 65-hp Diesel) has, of course, the standard front stabilizer bar...

Rgds

XXavier
 

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Thanks for the tip and the montage instructions, Chocotoff... I have already ordered one of those dampers, specially dimensioned for the Jimny. The Australian one seemed a bit far away... Thus, I opted for a local supplier (I live in Spain) and -after locating it through the internet. I contacted it and ordered the damper this very afternoon...

Thanks, once more.

XXavier
 
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