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Old 05-26-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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looking for info for front end for 280exclla, happened to me last night on my way to galveston stopping at red light an around 30 mph front end startet to shimmy bad until i came to a complete stop ive put another 100miles on it this morning and it has not happend again ball joints or tie rod ends? thanx joboy1

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Old 05-26-2006, 11:45 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Can you give us a little more information? Seems like if it shimmies only under braking I would look at out-of-round front rotors. Easy enough to check, just pull the front tires and spin the rotors. If they are binding or tight in certain places then it's your rotors. While you're in there check for play in the ball joints and tie rods.

It could be steering/suspension (ball joints, tie rod ends, etc) but it's hard to tell you from your description.

Time to pull a tire and look, or take it to your favortie mechanic.

Also, tire balance can be an issue at those speeds.

You may already know this but your motorhome is on a Chevy P30 Chassis. Pretty easy to get parts and advice for these common platforms.

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Old 05-26-2006, 09:48 PM   #3
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im pulling off tires in the morning thanx for the info,its very helpful getting input from this big pond of knowledge thanx joboy
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Old 05-27-2006, 05:47 AM   #4
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Check for disc pad retainer clips too... I'm not certain the P30's have 'em but if disc brakes loose the pad retainer clips the pad can cause enough vibration and generally will also make some noise.
Rotors don't have to cost a fortune....check out on the stepvan side.
Please let us know what you find down there!
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