shuttering in steering column at 55 mph?

my friend has a 99 jeep cherokee. I drove it today and noticed that the alignment seemed okay in general.. He told me to take it on the highway and take it up to like 55 mph. The steering column supposedly shutters.
I didn’t notice any real shuttering at 40 or below mph..I took it up to 70 and didn’t notice any real shuttering. But when one backs it down to like 55-47 mph , one can feel a pulsing in the column.
Odd huh..even worse is that I didn’t experience the hardcore shuttering he described to me. So I got off the highway and started to tool around on the back roads, I got the same results at like 50 some and then it shuttered harder this time.
I took it down to 40 and the shuttering stopped. Took it back up and the hard shuttering stopped and the milder pulsing continued.
My friend said he had a nail in the tire previous which sam’s club claimed to repair//perhaps the tire’s core is ruined?
I crawled under the jeep and checked the steering linkage.. it all appeared loose bolts/everything tight. The spongy rubber cushion of the tire rod end (passenger’s side) allowed the end to move like a 1/4 of an inch inward.
No clicks or hesitation in turns, wheel turns smoothly/no sounds/no grinding

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7 Responses to shuttering in steering column at 55 mph?

  1. Mr. KnowItAll September 1, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    Sounds like something simple like tires/wheels are out of balance.
    Or, there’s a bubble/torn side wall belt in the tire.

    If possible, rotate the tires front to rear. (same side)

  2. travus72 September 1, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    two things/one have the tires balanced and if is still is doing it there i a broke belt in one of the front tires.

  3. Nobody_Here September 1, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    Maybe the wheel needs to be re-balanced. I’ve had issues at shops where the balance computers were not dialed in and at high speeds you get the shimmy.

    Try a dealership.

    Good luck.

  4. hummertech h3 September 1, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    You’ve found the problem, there should be no movement in the tie rod end, if there is the harmonics of the wheel rolling will cause an oscillation in the steering and what is called death wobble, replace the tie rod end and have the wheels aligned, also jack up the front wheels and make sure the belts are not shifted, that could be whey the tie rod end is now worn out.

  5. r u lookin at my rear? September 1, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    there should be no play in any part of the tie rod needs replacement. also check the cv joints for play. tire balance could cause the vibration. to see if its causing it rotate the tires front to rear and see if there is a difference. also check the universals in the front drive shaft.

  6. kelly_f_1999 September 1, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    most likely the tires are in need of balancing that more or you got bad front end parts sometimes it happen when tire are not rotated or balance right and an dif you got a 1/4 slack in tie rod you got the problem how to check front end parts jack it up shake side to slide wil get tie rod and other parts across one side to other shake it from top to bottom gets ball joint and control arm bushing first thing id do is rotate and balance the maybe check you can find most car repairs online by typing how to replace or how to check so try that also

    how to check front end
    how to check front end video
    how to replace tie rod
    how to replace tie rod video

    wil get it an dalso you can do that with autozone website get a how to replace

  7. I'd rather be outside September 1, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    Sounds like a wheel that’s out-of balance. I don’t like the play in the tie rod end though!