99 Ranger - Front End Shimmy/Skip with Bumps
I've searched this forum, but I don't think I've come across this exact type of issue.
When I hit any type of a bump I can feel instability in my front end. It's like it will shimmy and skip a bit. It only lasts for a split second after the bump. The higher the speed, the worse it is. It's particularly noticeable when I am cornering. If I hit a bump while cornering to the right, the vehicle feels like it shimmys and skips to the left - as I said it only lasts for a split second. It's kind of scary. It's been doing this for a while. I knew I had a bad lower ball joint on the passenger side as it was rattling and squeaking. I went ahead and replaced both upper and lower ball joints as well as the front shocks. The squeaking/rattling is now gone. I had hoped this would also fix my shimmy/skipping problem; however, it didn't help it at all. I also notice no improvement in the ride from the new shocks. The shocks are Monroe Gas-Matic LT. These may not be the best money can buy, but I should notice a slight improvement.
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