SEVERE front end shake. HELP QUICK!!
Been a while Guys..but have a severe problem with my E550 Beastie. It has to be something in the front suspension assembly and need advice quick before shop opens in about 2 hours! Started last night ...hit a hard bump and the steering wheel shook VIOLENTLY...nearly uncontrollably until Imanaged to pull over and come to a complete stop. Pulled back onto the roadway..fine for a while ...hit another bump...not as hard as the first and the shaking hit again...only it seemed worse...more violent. I limped into the Flying J, about 2 miles down the road and stopped for the night. Am now sitting in front of a shop who supposedly does front end work. I HAVE to get this fixed before finishing my run and going home but, as usual, am short of money...can't afford to replace things that aren't broken. I did notice that the steering "tie rod" that connects both wheels is loose at the ball joints...I can move it by hand where it was tight before..not side to side, but more of a front to back twist movement. Everything seems intact...doesn't look like anything is missing. Need recommendations...ball joints? Tie rod end(s) Thanks, Howard