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    Default 2005 z71 occasional front end vibration

    Hi there! My truck has been getting a vibration in the front end when it is at speeds from 50-70, sometimes fairly violently, and while slowing down it gets worse. After coming to a stop and checking to see if I have a bad tire, I turned around in parking lot to get back on the highway, and it was compleatly gone. I got the tires rotated and a wheel alighnment. Then 4 days go by, and it is still does the same thing. I can pull off the highway into a parking lot, stop, back up, and turn around get back on hwy, and then it is gone. Just looking for some info to see what direction to take. Also while getting the rotation and alingment, I checked the bearings/hubs. I told the tech what my truck was doing, and he said ball joints and tie rods were fine. So I was thinking CV joints/shafs or stering linkage....Thoughts?

    Thank you in advance.
    2005 silverado z71
    170,000 miles

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    Welcome to gmtc. I don't think that it would be the linkage. I had a similar issue with my 95. It turned out that the idler arm bracket bolts had loosened. How are the tires on the truck? I see that you had them rotated so that might eliminate a tire issue. If you put it in 4x4 on a dirt road do you get any really odd noises? If you take it up to 50mph in 4x4 is the vibration better/worse? Could be a cv shaft. But I would think that you would feel the vibration on the bad side, not the entire front end. Could also be font u joints. I would check them for play. It could also be a front diff issue. Driving it in 4x4 on dirt may help to pin point your issue.

    1995 Silverado 4x4
    6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
    4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge

    2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors,
    2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
    2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)

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    everett, massachusetts


    did a tire shop do the alignment ? some of these tire centers do not have skilled tech to properly check the front end for wear.

    I would go to a shop that does this type work as the primary use.

    this sounds like the death wobble as some call it. this is most always steering components worn/damaged/loose....

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