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I have a 2003 Limited Tundra with 255,000 miles, which I bought new off the lot with only 4 miles on it. It is the most reliable car I've ever owned. I've never had a problem with it. All I've ever done is just standard maintenance and after 16 years, it still runs and looks like it's brand new.

Now to the issue... The steering was starting to feel a little sloppy, and I wanted to freshen it up. So, I bought new poly steering rack bushings, new inner and outer tie rod ends, and it was time for shocks and tires. I put on the steering rack bushings, and took it in to a reputable local shop (my friends Dad owns it), and had them put on the tie rod ends, shocks and do an alignment. I got it back and there was a horrible vibration in the front end. The steering wheel shook like crazy at higher speeds (anything above 50mph). I thought, maybe with the new stuff, the old tires (70k miles on BFG KO1 AT's - 265/70R17) were causing this, so, as planned, I took it down to the tire shop and bought new tires (BFG KO2's - same size).
The shake was still there. I took it back in to the shop, who checked over all of their work, and said when they checked the alignment, it was good, but they did "straight the steering wheel" and rotated the tires. I thought that was odd, because the steering wheel seemed straight to me. They said on their test drive, the shake went away in the front, and you could slightly feel it in the back, so they thought it is either an out of balance tire, or bent rim. When I test drove it, I could still feel a slight shake in the front, the steering wheel still rattled a little, not nearly as much, but now the whole truck shook slightly, so maybe it did move to the back, or maybe it was just my imagination because the steering wheel still shook very slightly. I took the tires back to the tire shop and they rebalanced them, and said the tires seemed to be fine, and the didn't notice any issues with the rim. Nothing really changed on my test drive. I could still feel the slight shake coming from the front, not the back. It's not as noticeable, but it's still there. The truck was smooth as could be prior to the work. Do you guys think it's the alignment? The shop also said, because I put new stuff on (steering rack bushings, tie rod ends and shocks), that maybe the "shake" was hidden, and is now showing because other bushings and components are worn out. I have a hard time believing that a shake this bad would be hidden. I really think the alignment has something to do with it. The steering wheel feels light and wonders a little as well. What are your guys thoughts? Should I just bite the bullet and pay a different shop for another alignment?
 

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I have a 2003 Limited Tundra with 255,000 miles, which I bought new off the lot with only 4 miles on it. It is the most reliable car I've ever owned. I've never had a problem with it. All I've ever done is just standard maintenance and after 16 years, it still runs and looks like it's brand new.

Now to the issue... The steering was starting to feel a little sloppy, and I wanted to freshen it up. So, I bought new poly steering rack bushings, new inner and outer tie rod ends, and it was time for shocks and tires. I put on the steering rack bushings, and took it in to a reputable local shop (my friends Dad owns it), and had them put on the tie rod ends, shocks and do an alignment. I got it back and there was a horrible vibration in the front end. The steering wheel shook like crazy at higher speeds (anything above 50mph). I thought, maybe with the new stuff, the old tires (70k miles on BFG KO1 AT's - 265/70R17) were causing this, so, as planned, I took it down to the tire shop and bought new tires (BFG KO2's - same size).
The shake was still there. I took it back in to the shop, who checked over all of their work, and said when they checked the alignment, it was good, but they did "straight the steering wheel" and rotated the tires. I thought that was odd, because the steering wheel seemed straight to me. They said on their test drive, the shake went away in the front, and you could slightly feel it in the back, so they thought it is either an out of balance tire, or bent rim. When I test drove it, I could still feel a slight shake in the front, the steering wheel still rattled a little, not nearly as much, but now the whole truck shook slightly, so maybe it did move to the back, or maybe it was just my imagination because the steering wheel still shook very slightly. I took the tires back to the tire shop and they rebalanced them, and said the tires seemed to be fine, and the didn't notice any issues with the rim. Nothing really changed on my test drive. I could still feel the slight shake coming from the front, not the back. It's not as noticeable, but it's still there. The truck was smooth as could be prior to the work. Do you guys think it's the alignment? The shop also said, because I put new stuff on (steering rack bushings, tie rod ends and shocks), that maybe the "shake" was hidden, and is now showing because other bushings and components are worn out. I have a hard time believing that a shake this bad would be hidden. I really think the alignment has something to do with it. The steering wheel feels light and wonders a little as well. What are your guys thoughts? Should I just bite the bullet and pay a different shop for another alignment?
Just went through the exact same thing. The problem is torn/worn out lower control arm bushings. The alignment cam bolts seize to the bushing over time. When they performed the alignment, and adjusted the camber/caster bolts it tears the rubber bushing. There is nothing they could’ve done to prevent this. The lower control arm bolts need to be cut out and either replace the bushings or just get new lower control arms that already have new bushings installed. There’s a few videos on YouTube.
 

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I just went through this on my 2006 at 250k. I needed new lower control arm bushings and had the whole lower control arm replaced. All said and done, it had new lower arms, bushings, ball joints and cams. Steering was much tighter afterwards.

I've also had a shake from the rear brake drum weight falling off from removing wheel and tire. Most likely, your issue lies with the lower control arm bushings if you've never had them replaced.
 

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Same thing happened to me. When they tried to align it the cams appeared turn but it was just twisting the entire bushing. Live with the shake for a week or so and soak in PB blaster. With luck they may come out. Otherwise you have to cut the out. I had to cut out one side of mine PIA! I went with moog alignment cams. They didn't seem as good as OEM but so far they are holding up and the alignment is holding. They do have grease zerks on them which is a good thing.
 
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