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    Unhappy 89 GMC Suburban shaking at 45 mph and 65 mph

    Hey guys, new here. Just picked up an 89 Suburban and noticed a significant shake at 45 mph that goes away at around 50 mph and comes back at 65 mph and goes away again at 70 mph. Haven't had it any faster than that. Any ideas? It seems the whole truck shakes when it does it.
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    could just be tires,or stableizer shock

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    I'm leaning towards the shocks because I can see some cupping on the front tires, but I have never experienced that kind of shake because of shocks before. I have also never owned an SUV. I am also not sure how old the tires are, but may replace them when I'm able to. We'll see. In the meantime, keep the suggestions coming.
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    balance and rotate the tires, check air pressure to 75% of max. assuming its 4x4 the cupping shows up if the caster/camber is off

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    Quote Originally Posted by leolkfrm View Post
    balance and rotate the tires, check air pressure to 75% of max. assuming its 4x4 the cupping shows up if the caster/camber is off

    Not 4x4. It is 2WD.
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    recurrant shake at various speeds is the first sign of unbalanced tires. if balancing did not fix it, check hub bearings, most likely going bad. shocks won't do this.

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    I'm thinking tires now. I noticed the driver rear has some movement to it. I followed behing the truck in my wifes car and it's hard to describe but the tire isn't true. Passenger rear seems to be ok, but I think I will replace both. Hopefully it will fix the problem.
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    look for a busted belt.Same thing was going on with my wifes Rodeo.It would shimmy at about 25 then at about 60.The rear driverside had a busted belt under the tread.Is there any pull to the right or left.Maybe alignment or ballance.I don't think its the shocks.You should hear it if its the wheel berrings.

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    It doesn't seem to pull either way, so hopefully the tires will fix it.
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    if you over inflate the tires about 15lbs over max and it goes away its usually a belt shift. Do it to test only don't leave them over inflated

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