Help! - Evil Shimmy at Speed
Has anyone experienced shimmy problems at speed?
I have a 156 with tendencies to go wandering while out playing on the motorway...
Symptoms are :-
At low speeds, round town etc, front and rear suspension is very "clonky" (is that a word?), when going over pot-holes or bumpy road surface, almost as if all 4 shocks are completely shot away.
At higher speeds ( 80mph / 130Kph) getting a definate shimmy, I think I may even have vibration white finger now.... and on infrequent occasions there is a tendency to swerve (very minor, not a massive lane changing catastrophe)
So I'm thinking maybe shocks are done, execpt there is no body roll, or wallowing about, still corners like a demon at slow speeds, and better still if you really nail it round...
No idea if the wheels are balanced or if geom. is in / out / shaking it about.
I've read lots of posts about drop links, wishbones etc, but was wondering if anyone has had a similar problems?
The whole thing is sort of compounded by the fact that there are no Alfa specialists where I live, and the main dealer is an hour+ up the road, this afternoon going to a garage that deals primarily with BMW and Audi, and have "some" Alfa experience.....
I can already hear the statutory sucking of teeth...
Well ... GOD conned me out of 6500 bucks for car repairs.