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Steering Wheel Vibration: My Car Shakes While I’m Driving

Updated on January 8, 2017

Your car shakes while driving down the highway, the steering wheel vibration is driving you crazy, and without you even realizing it, it's causing you to feel tired. It can be quite exhausting holding onto a steering wheel that’s shaking.

Do You Need an Alignment? Probably Not!

I hear this from customers all the time; they pull into the garage and say, "I need to have an alignment on my car because my steering wheel shakes when I drive on the highway."

The truth is an alignment has nothing to do with your car shaking or your steering wheel vibrating. If you tell your mechanic you need an alignment, and they don't ask why, find a new mechanic. A good mechanic will always ask why you need work done on your car, so they can get enough information to decide how to fix the problem on the first visit.

Alignment, Balance: Two Different Things

Mechanics use these words to refer to different operations, though sometimes you get them both done at once.

Alignments only realign the tires so they are all pointing in the proper direction while driving down the road. If a car’s tires need alignment, it may pull one way or the other instead of straight when you let go of the steering wheel, or the tires may wear unevenly (deeper on the inside than the outside or vice versa).

If a car's tires need balancing, on the other hand, it may shake at freeway speed, or the tires may wear in a cupped or scallopped pattern. Balancing a tire means making sure the weight of the tire-and-wheel unit is balanced all around the axle, with every section having equal weight. The first step in balancing a tire is to match the heaviest part of the rim (usually the valve stem) to the lightest part of the rim (a yellow dot painted by the manufacturer on the tire's sidewall). Then the mechanic places the tire and rim on a balance machine, which positions plastic or metal weights as needed on the outer part of the rim to fine-tune the balance.

Balancing is something you might do routinely whenever you rotate the tires, every six months or 6000 to 7500 miles. Sometimes tire stores will offer you lifetime tire balancing and rotation. I highly recommend this service. Checking the tires routinely to see if they are wearing oddly will make them last longer and cost you less in the long run.

Alignment is something you might do routinely every year or so. It won't stop a steering wheel vibration, but it's good preventative maintenance, especially if you drive often on potholed, cracked, or dirt roads.

A pothole may affect your tire's balance or its alignment
A pothole may affect your tire's balance or its alignment

Tires Out of Balance

The most common reason your tires shake or your steering wheel vibrates is simple: your tires are out of balance. Tires take a beating when they hit potholes, bridge expansion joints, and curbs. Hitting any one of these objects could knock off a wheel weight, dent a rim, or cause a bubble in the sidewall of the tire, causing it to be out of balance. If you lose a wheel weight, it's an easy fix; you just need to have your tire balanced at the local garage.

Balancing should cost around $15-20 a tire. Of course denting a rim or damaging a tire could end up costing you more, because you might have to replace the tire instead of just balancing it.

Pothole Damage: Can These Tires Be Saved?

Bubble in sidewall of tire after hitting a large pothole.
Bubble in sidewall of tire after hitting a large pothole. | Source
If you hit a pothole at high speed you could dent the rim and damage the tire.
If you hit a pothole at high speed you could dent the rim and damage the tire. | Source

Foreign Objects, Snow, and Ice Can Make a Steering Wheel Shake

Another common cause of steering wheel vibration or car shake is having something lodged in a tire, like a large bolt, or any metal object you may have picked up from the road's surface (I have seen even wrenches and screwdrivers impaling a tire). If you live in an area that has snow, plowing through a snowbank could cause snow and ice to become trapped in the rim or wheel and cause a serious steering wheel vibration. Easy to fix: just rinse out the snow and ice with a garden hose or pressure washer.

Packed Snow and Ice Can Cause Vibration

If you drive through a snow bank and have a horrible vibration soon after, check your wheels for packed snow and ice.
If you drive through a snow bank and have a horrible vibration soon after, check your wheels for packed snow and ice.

Low Tire Pressure Can Cause Your Car to Shake

Low tire pressure is another common cause of steering wheel vibration or car shake. Low tire pressure can cause problems:

  • poor fuel mileage
  • abnormal tire wear
  • vibrations
  • blowouts
  • tire edge wear
  • chopping or scallopping

and the list goes on. A quick check of your tire pressures can save you money in the long run, in many ways.

In cold weather, tire pressures drop. When the temperatures outside drop below 30o F, I recommend raising the tire pressure about 3 psi above where you would normally keep it.

TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge, 100 PSI
TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge, 100 PSI

It's smart to keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment.

 

Bald Tires Cause Very Bad Vibrations

If your tires are so worn that the ridges on the tread are smoothed out, or steel fibers are showing through the rubber anywhere, change your tires immediately. Bald tires will definitely cause your steering wheel to vibrate and your car to shake. Furthermore, if you continue driving on bald tires, they are likely to blow out, and having a tire blow out at highway speeds is extremely dangerous, especially if it's a front tire.

Don't be afraid to look at your tires to see if bald tires are causing your problems. You need to physically look at each tire. Turning the steering wheel to one side will give you a better view of the tread surface on your front tires. You will need to get on your hands and knees to check your rear tires closely.

A front tire with bald spots
A front tire with bald spots | Source
A bald tire that blew out
A bald tire that blew out | Source

Other Vibrations That Could Be Confused With Tire Vibration

Vibrations in your car don't always come from tire problems. In the first video, there is not only bad shaking from an unbalanced tire, but also a wheel-bearing noise that is louder when the steering wheel is turned to one side. In the second, the car shakes hard when the brakes are applied; the problem is with the brake rotors.

A Car With Both Tire Vibration and Wheel Bearing Noise

Don't Mistake a Brake Pulsation for a Tire Vibration

Don't Be Afraid to Ask

Don't be afraid to ask questions or leave comments. There is no such thing as as a stupid question, so just ask, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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      Eddie Carrara 82 minutes ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Altaf,

      How did it drive after the balance?

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      altaf sarang 4 days ago

      today i went to balance the wheel

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      Eddie Carrara 4 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      I think you should have your mechanic rotate the new tires to the front and see if it makes a difference. At least you'll know if the vibration has changed and then you can look a bit further into the situation.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 days ago from New Hampshire

      Inner CV joints only vibrate on acceleration, usually.

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      Eric 5 days ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your reply.

      All of my tires are new, and the car is only driven around 10x a month to run errands only. Anyhow, I'll have it checked again, because we're up for a long drive this weekend.

      Thanks again!

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      Kelly 7 days ago

      My steering wheel vibrates at 60/65+ MPH and when I turn left at slower speeds it makes a wub, wub, wub noise (only way to describe it). A year ago my mom hit a curb on my front passenger side and the tire was replaced under warranty (only that tire). I recently noticed the front driver side tire was getting lots of wear on the inside so I had 2 new tires put on thinking that was the cause of the vibration and noise. They ended up moving the back tires to the front and putting the new tires on the back. They said they balanced and aligned all 4 tires. I still have the shaking and noise. My regular mechanic thinks that they either didn't do the alignment and balance or didn't do it correctly... What are your thoughts?

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      Just replaced all 4 new tires on my Nissan Max 2008 - Vehicle shakes and the gas peddle vibrates at 60mph 9 days ago

      Tire has been balanced twice.

      Currently looking at the shaft and the right axle boot

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      Eddie Carrara 11 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Eric,

      The sway bar won't cause a vibration, it really only stops body roll around corners. I suspect a tire issue.

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      Eric 11 days ago

      Hi there!

      I feel wheel vibration thru the steering wheel at 90-100kph. I did a wheel alignment and balancing, but I still feel it. When I had my suspension checked, everything is fine except for the worn out stabilizer link assemblies on the front side. Does it have something to do with vibration?

      Thanks in advance for your time and response.

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      Eddie Carrara 12 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pratik,

      I recommend a second opinion, the price seems a little high for just pads and rotors.

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      Pratik Rao 13 days ago

      RE: Hi Pratic,

      Thanks for the update :) What was the quote for? Rotor and pads, 4 wheel alignment, and tires?

      Hi Eddie,

      Bingo!! He said don't worry about the tires because its not a very serious issue. But the rotors have to be changed ASAP.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pratic,

      Thanks for the update :) What was the quote for? Rotor and pads, 4 wheel alignment, and tires?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Orlando,

      In this situation, I recommend putting the original wheels back on or swap wheels with another vehicle that does not shake and see if the vibration goes away. Or try rotating the tires on the vehicle to see if the vibration changes. Do your aftermarket wheels have centering rings?

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      Pratik Rao 2 weeks ago

      RE:Hi Pratik,

      The pull could be cause by a defective tire. The steering wheel being off center is caused by your alignment being out of spec (doing an alignment will center the steering wheel, so I'm not sure what kind of alignment check you got). The binding on turns could be a bent steering rack or steering component, you'll need to have that checked on a lift by a mechanic. Hope this helps, and let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hey Eddie,

      Had been to Firestone. He said there's a wear in tire hence the pull and steering wheel angle issue. And the rotors are totally damaged hence the shake and vibration. He gave a quote of $700.

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      Orlando P 2 weeks ago

      I have a Toyota Tundra and I have had Toyota check my truck and nothing. I have my car shake and wobble at all speeds. I've done allignments, balancing, break and suspension inspections. Toyota says is because I have after market rims. I have a couple friends with after market rims and does not rise like my truck any help?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Terance,

      Was the vibration there before the work was done? Did you check for a sticking caliper at that wheel? Has the vibration changed at all since the work was done?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Frann,

      It all depends on how out of balance the wheels are. I have balanced wheel that needed no weights, but typically each wheel will have only two weights, one on the inside of the rim and one on the outside of the rim. Let me know if this helps.

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      Tarance 3 weeks ago

      I have a Volvo v40 2001 when i drive my right passenger tire feel like its shaking bad when i get to 60 an even crazy at 70 to 80 i got a inner tire rod a cv axle an alignment and a tire balance an still havr problems help please

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      FrannC 3 weeks ago

      How many weights should each tire have?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      The brakes could cause a vibration if you had a sticking caliper or if the vibration was when braking, but your vibration is while driving at a steady speed so I recommend starting out with a tire balance and see if the vibration improves or changes. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      I recommend checking your rear driveshaft u-joints, and if there is a center carrier bearing, check that as well. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Matthew Roscoe 3 weeks ago

      My car has no vibration driving untill I reach 70 mph, then it feels like my front tires are shaking really bad. I think I'm due for new rotors and brakes. Could that be the problem? Thanks

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      Mike 4 weeks ago

      2004 AWD dodge dakota. Vibration through whole vehicle starting at ~30mph and gets faster as the truck drives faster. Not causing the steering wheel to turn side to side. Just started all of a sudden one day. Switched from winter rims and tires to different set of summer rims and tires (all stock rims and tire size), and the truck is still doing the exact same vibration. Ball joints were all replaced several months before vibration began too.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pratik,

      The pull could be cause by a defective tire. The steering wheel being off center is caused by your alignment being out of spec (doing an alignment will center the steering wheel, so I'm not sure what kind of alignment check you got). The binding on turns could be a bent steering rack or steering component, you'll need to have that checked on a lift by a mechanic. Hope this helps, and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jay,

      Can you describe the noise on speed bumps? Is it a metal clunk, a thump, a creak??? The squeak at start up is most likely a loose engine belt.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dale,

      Any time you need to use spacers it can cause vibration issues, but your vibration is in the steering, which leads me to believe that it's the front wheels. Your other wheel didn't vibrate but the new ones do so I'm going to have to say it's the new front rims causing the vibration. Do you have a shop in town that has a Hunter RoadForce machine? If the tires are not seated completely on the bead it will cause a vibration too, hopefully the tech use an ample amount of lube and set the bead properly. I doubt driving it for a few days will make the vibration go away.

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      Pratik 4 weeks ago

      Hi I recently bought a used car from friend. I found a few minor issues.

      The steering shakes while driving. When I leave the steering while driving, it comes to rest at an angle and not as expected. Also, the car pulls to right side while driving. I need to hold it at around 3-4 degrees left to keep going straight. I also noticed that after turning left, the steering wheel rotation isn't normal as compared to right turns. I have to force it manually.

      I got the alignment checked so I'm sure alignment isn't the issue.

      Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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      Jay juar3z 4 weeks ago

      I have a question my car makes a weird noise when i drive on a speed bump it doesnt sqeak its hard to explain and also my steering shakes when i turn my car on why is that?

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      Dale 4 weeks ago

      Hi I read all of this it was helpful, but my diluis I have a 2013 2SS Camaro I bought new and I've only put 7800 miles on it to this day it's mint. I finally found a real nice set of rims from zeba through gwg wheels , the fronts were 20x8.5 I was able to stay with that exact size on front , the rears staggered were 20x9 I put on 20x10 , and I used all my original tires cause they were in great shape , crazy though the back rims hit caliper had to put quarter inch spacers no choice . But now I have a small but irritating shaking through steering wheel and shifter. One of the tire guys said yeah 2 of the rims were egg shaped out of round , they are brand new I have bought many rims and I don't buy that at all I mean I could see 1 but not 2 , so I'm thinking they need balanced truly by laser , or maybe the 2 1/4 inch spacers but there in back I doo think so , or maybe being that the back tires were on a 9 inch rim this whole time and now have been put on a 10" rim that's tread on now that's never seen the road . He said drive it a couple of days and see if it stops , said everything new except tires that everything needs to seat . And the retighten everything . Any thought would be greatly appreciated thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bella,

      I recommend starting out with a tire balance, hopefully this wil take care of most of you vibration problem, if not, you'll need to dig a bit deeper. Let me know if a tire balance helps, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alan,

      I can't tell you what is causing this vibration, but I doubt it is an axle. Axles usually cause vibrations on acceleration only, not at ready cruising speeds. I also doubt it is a wheel bearing is there is no wheel bearing noises or play in any of the bearings, It's possible you have a bad tire, new or not. Have you had the tires RoadForced yet? Is there a shop in town that has a RoadForce machine?

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      Bella 5 weeks ago

      Hello

      I have a Peugeot 207 58 plate with 74k mileage. I don't really use it for long distances like on the motorway. But recently used it on the motorway and whenever I get to 70mph my steering vibrates. So I don't end up going over 60mph. Haven't been mechanics yet, could this be tires not balanced or alignment? Plus where we live there's a few potholes and draines covers on the road when I go over it feels like my car losses it's balance.And it's automatic. Please advise?

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      Alan Smith 5 weeks ago

      I have a 2011 Toyota Avensis and I'm suffering from a pulsating/cyclical judder/vibration from 65mph upwards. It isn't noticeable at low speeds, there is no wheel bearing noise, but it does get worse when turning the wheel slightly right and then eases completely when turning the wheel slightly left.

      I've had the wheels re-balanced, the alignment corrected, 4 new tyres, new brake discs, new brake pads and new brake slider pins (one of the old pins wasn't released causing uneven brake pad wear) but the issue remains. I've checked and re-checked that the tyre pressures are okay.

      The mechanic says that the bushings, CV joints, suspension parts etc are all perfectly fine and that the only other culprit may be the right side drive shaft needed replacement.

      The wheel bearing hub is a sealed unit and has been discounted as there is no noise at all and no excess play, only this vibration/judder when the steering wheel is edged rightwards. But reading up on the internet, it sounds like a faulty left side wheel bearing would cause vibration when turning slightly right but disappearing when turning slightly left, which is exactly what I've got.

      Should I try a new wheel bearing first or go straight for a new drive shaft?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Debra,

      If the vibration was not there before the repair, the mechanic may have not done the job correctly or possibly created this issue when doing the repair. I recommend being adamant with the dealership that the vibration was not there before the repair and that the mechanic must have cause it. I also recommend calling Ford Customer Care division and start a case about the poor service you have been receiving at this dealership. If this is a safety recall, it should had been done before you left the dealership the first time because you could have got into an accident with serious injuries or worse. That is how I recommend you handle this problem. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Catrassa,

      Is the check engine light on? Does the engine run smooth? Have the catalytic converter checked for a blockage if everything else is OK.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rhodri,

      It sounds like an inner CV joint to me but I can't say which side. What you can do is look at each CV joint and look for an damage or grease leaking. If you find an inner CV joint leaking grease, most likely it's your problem. The only other thing to check is transmission mounts and motor mounts, but you would usually feel the vibration at idle and when first placing the vehicle in gear. Let me know if this helps, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Debra 5 weeks ago

      I own a 2011 Ford Fusion, with about 86,000 miles on it. My power steering went out, or rather I lost power steering and it went into manual mode. I found out about the recall only because I did some research on the computer, the Dealer did not tell me the 1st time that I took my car there. They look at it and told me that a sensor needed to be fixed and that my car should be alright. No less than a week I lost power in my power steering again, took it back to the Dealer, only this time I told them that I new about the recall. They kept my car for 3 days because they said that they had to order a part. When I picked up my car I noticed that the wheel was a little tight still and that it was vibrating when I would stop at a light or stop for longer periods with the engine running and in drive. Before this, my car did not do this and it was in good shape, no vibrating at all. Even when I put it in park, there is still vibration in the wheel (not as much) and when in Drive, the wheel vibrates and my rear view mirror also vibrates. You can feel it in my seat and the floor of my car. I took my car back to them, and now they are telling me that my engine brackets are worn out and I need to replace them. Why then did this not happen until you fixed the power steering. My question is, could something still be wrong with my power steering that causes the vibration in my steering wheel? Or could something be wrong with my steering wheel column? Thanks.

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      Catrassa Fuller 6 weeks ago

      My steering wheel vibrates & when I go up hill my car slows down. What can be causing this???

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      Rhodri 6 weeks ago

      I have a 2004 Toyota Corolla with nearly 200k miles on the clock. It began to vibrate a couple of thousand miles ago. At first it was only noticeable when my foot was on the gas, and was significantly worse at 50-60mph. If I take my foot off the gas it stops vibrating, regardless of speed. It feels like it's more on the driver's side (I'm in the UK so it's a right hand drive). My partner took it to our usual garage and they said it was a drive shaft and that it would cost £700 to repair. When I phoned them to ask which drive shaft needed to be replaced they said near side, but they couldn't really be sure until they replaced the part. They really didn't want to commit to it being a drive shaft. The car probably isn't worth £700, so we walked away. A friend who is a mechanic looked at it and said it wasn't the drive shaft but didn't know what it was. Since then the vibration has got worse - vibrating more violently, noticeable at lower speeds, vibrating the steering wheel. Do you have any ideas? Is there anything else I can do to diagnose the problem? I'm tempted to swap the front and rear wheels but I don't see why it would only happen when there is load on the engine if it was caused tyres or wheels. After that, all I can think of doing is taking it to a Toyota specialist, which is difficult as it's quite a distance away. I love this car - we've had it for 10 years and it's the best thing we've ever bought. This is its first real problem. I would hate to scrap it if it can be resolved. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Haz,

      I assume you replaced the wheels/rims? Did the vehicle vibrate before the change over or only after? Do the new rims have centering rings? Another possibility is the mechanic didn't balance the wheels properly or you could also have a defective tire. The possibilities are endless. I recommend bringing it back to the shop that sold you the wheels and have them take a ride with you so you can point out the vibration, then have them fix it at no charge.

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      Steering Viberation 6 weeks ago

      Just had brand new tyres and rims put on my 2014 santa fe, went from a 235 55 r19 to 275 45 r20. Now the problem is the steering in viberating after you reach 90kmph. Why does this happen. Alignment and balancing has been done. Please point me in the right direction

      Thanks

      Haz

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      That is BS!!! your problem probably wasn't the rims but a defective tire. The sales person sold you a set of rims to line their pockets, you wanted the vibration fixed, not new rims, they said the rims would fix your vibration, and it didn't. That sounds like a good argument to me. I recommend bringing it back and having them fix the vibration at no charge. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      David Balazs 7 weeks ago

      I had a shake in my steering so i took the car to a Bob Jane store over here for a balance, i was told there was something wrong with my rims so i bought a brand new set from there shop and got my tires which are about 2 months old put on the new rims, the vibration is still there (there 18") I put a friends 15" rims and tyres on and had absolutely no vibration what so ever, when i asked Bob Jane why it was shaking still they said the tyres have taken the shape of the old mags...can this be true, do i need to buy another set of tyres again

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amanda,

      I recommend bringing it back to the shop that balanced the tires and tell them your car still has a vibration. I recommend going for a ride with the tech or shop Foremen to point out the vibration. Let me know what happens, Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tonya,

      Is it making noise? If so, what does it sound like?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      The First thing I recommend you check is your tire tread. The exhaust leak will not damage an axle.

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      Amanda 7 weeks ago

      Hello,

      I had to get my front and back breaks changed. My my wheel started shaking over 60 mph. Then it turns out my tires needed to be balanced, had that done. Now when I reach 70mph my wheel starts to shake. Made the mistake of waisting money on an alignment that I didn't need. Now I'm not where what's going on .

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      Tonya 7 weeks ago

      Hi I hit a curb and bent rim and got it straight back out been riding on it and now after a week or two it's riding rough like tire coming off

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      Wheel shaking/steering wheel shaking-is my axle bad or tire? 7 weeks ago

      I have a 94 Toyota Tercel that around 20-45mph the steering wheel shakes and feels like my back right tire is shaking. Is it possible my axle is bad? I've had an exhaust leak under my car for several months and am afraid it's damaged my axle and my tire is going to fly off while I'm driving.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

      Some cars have a balance or vibration problem that is very difficult to repair. We are working on one right now that we replaced tires, steering rack, rotors, power steering pump, axles, remove rear driveshaft, RoadForce and phase matched rims to tires, shifted engine cradle, checked motor mounts, etc...The only parts we didn't replace yet are the struts and that will probably be tomorrow. If you don't have centering rings on your rims, that could be a big problem, but why didn't the shop who RoadForce the wheels catch that problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alberto,

      I'm not sure if you feel the wheel shake while driving or when checking it by hand, but there are a lot of things that can make a wheel shake like worn ball joints, leaking shocks or struts, worn steering rack, bent rims, and or defective tires. Hope this helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      I recommend having the wheel bearings checked, especially if you hear the noise and vibrations above 25 mph. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      ViCtOrIa 7 weeks ago

      Topic- 2014 AWD FORD FUSION W/ STEERING WHEEL/CAR VIBRATIONS @ 70mph

      Took to our Ford dealer...replaced driveshaft but their solution was bent rim Vibration continues though

      Took to local tire shop. $1500 later had new tires and wheels put on (18" verde's rims and Eagle tires instead of 19"oem)

      Left tire shop vibration continues

      Took to Ford dealer again...replaced half shaft, rebalanced tires. Blames local shop for shoddy job. Tells us 2 of my new rims are "oblong"?

      Vibration continues

      Local tire shop says impossible our balancing machine in perfect. Vibration still continues

      Ford dealer then swaps wheels with lot car says vibration gone but doesnt give us a chance to test.

      Left Ford this morning (after 2 weeks in shop)

      Drove to Tire Factory for Force Road Balancing machine.

      Tire factory says rims are perfect tires were 40+ road force (bad) on 2 wheels other 2 perfect.

      They adjusted all 4 and he said no way should feel vibration.

      Drove away Vibration continues but now at 50-55 and DECREASES Vibration at higher speeds...? But vibrates when accelerating now.

      WTH is going on. Everyone is just passing the buck blaming everyone else while I havent even had this car a year ! Issue started at 36k miles its now 39k miles....HELP! ANY SUGGESTIONS?

      Just did a "bounce" test and looked undereath for leak or dents...not shocks or struts I think...

      *Im looking into the importance of Hub centric rings now but...still...

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      alberto 8 weeks ago

      i changed both my tie rod but my driver side wheel keeps shaking wht can it be

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      s moyo 8 weeks ago

      l followed all your diagnostics and realize that l have checked and corrected all those soft sports. However the vibrations are still there and severely start after hiting a small pump or depression. New front tyres alignedand balanced, suspension bushes checked. as well. " No changes l m still puzzled l need help.(suzuki Jimmy 4x4. 2003 model

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      mary 8 weeks ago

      running for about 40 mins the car sounds like it has a flat tyre and vibrates through the car. when rounding around town no problem short stop start journeys

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      Eddie Carrara 8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joy,

      That would have to be a pretty hard hit against your tire. Have you compared the noise to some of my videos in my article on wheel bearings? Let me know if the noise sounds the same, thanks.

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      Joy 8 weeks ago

      My question is... how likely if a Deer hit your driver side bumping and tire and now makes a noise and steering shakes a little. If you never heard the noise before, is the wheel bearing noise cause by the Dear?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Lorraine, keep me posted on the stain, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brett,

      Not likely a wheel bearing. I recommend having the rear tires balanced and have the mechanic check for any loose or worn suspension parts back there. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      Tires on bent rims could wear uneven if the bend is bad enough.

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      Lorraine 2 months ago

      Thanks, Eddie. I was the snow and I have talked to my mechanic about the yellow stain.

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      Brett 2 months ago

      Hey, I have a 2000 grand prix and the back end feels very loose, and the car vibrates when I'm around 60 mph. I was wondering if it's a wheel bearing, but I dont notice a sound coming from it?

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      Melissa 2 months ago

      Watt happens to tires on bent rims

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      Bring it back to the transmission guy and ask him to go for a ride with you so you can show him the problem. You just paid probably thousands to have the transmission rebuilt, he at least owes you a road test and an explanation of what the problem may be. It's possible your rotors are rusted from sitting too long, but you think that the tech would have given your car a good road test before handing it back to you. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sorry for the late reply Lorraine,

      Snow stuck in your wheels is probably the cause of the vibration, but the yellow stain should be looked at.

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      steve collette 2 months ago

      just had a rebuilt transmission installed in my 2005 GMC sierra, seemed fine until I drove 50 mph the truck starts vibrating,or rumbling sound. called the transmission guy back says its nothing he did...(it never did this before) what could it be {help}

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      Lorraine 2 months ago

      I have a 2009 Toyota camry. I moved it in the snow yesterday and saw a yellow spot in the snow where the middle of the rear axle would be. Then today I was driving on the highway around 60-65 and the car started to shake including the steering wheel. I don't know if the two things are related. However, I am wondering if it is safe to drive it home which is about 30 miles away.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joanne,

      It's nice that your Dad taught you so much about vehicles, it's knowledge that will last a lifetime. If the dealer can feel the vibration, ask to go for a ride with the mechanic so you can point it out for them. The mechanic should be able to explain what it is and if it can be fixed, or if it will give you trouble in the future. It's the best way to approach all your concerns, and your mechanic has no option but to help fix the issue. Also ask to roadtest it with the mechanic after the repair to verify the problem is solved. Hope this helps.

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      Joanne 2 months ago

      I've just purchased a 2006 manual Toyota Yaris YRX with 121,000klms and a full service history through Toyota. My test drive went very well, I took the vehicle through back streets, over speed humps, up hills, checked braking, turning circle, steering, it's got new tyres etc etc (our family owned Taxi's when my father was alive, so I checked as much as I could remember him doing). I thought it was all good to go, the dealer gave the car a final service and off I went happily ... until I got the car onto the freeway at 5th gear and a dull vibration became apparent. It's an odd vibration, it feels as if it's building up and then almost a releasing of tension happens. It's ever so subtle, but it can be felt through the steering wheel, the accelerator, seat, floor and even a passenger could hear a quiet almost whirring noise. I've taken the car back to the dealer, but my concern is that they either won't feel it or they will just do another wheel balance/alignment and hand it back. I suspect it might be more. I know this probably sounds vague, but would you have any suggestions as to what it might be please, I'd be ever so grateful.

      Thank you kindly.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Irma,

      There are several possibilities for this problem, bent rim, loose or worn suspension parts like ball joints or tie rods, poor balance of the new tires, frozen caliper piston or pins, etc. When does the steering shake? What speeds? When braking?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Will,

      Do you have a question I can help you with?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Skyler,

      Most after market rims have centering rings, do you know if it may be missing on that wheel? I recommend checking that first.

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      Irma 2 months ago

      Hello!

      I have a 2008 Toyota Tundra and I've taking it to two different shops and both of them have not figured out the problem. They have done an aligment, rotated the tires and balanced then. We even got two new front tire. But the steering wheel in the truck still shakes. Any ideas to what the problem might be.

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      Will 2 months ago

      Hey Eddie

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      Skyler Eldridge 2 months ago

      I have 18" rims on a 2000 civic si when I hit about 50MPH the back end of the passengers side. I can feel the car shake. It will shake tell I hit 65 70 MPH. Then it smooths out. Any advice?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ric,

      I'm not sure what is causing the vibration, but just keep in mind that when you lower a vehicle, the angles of your drive shafts change, so that may be something to look into. I understand everything changed when you replaced the tires, and then again when the alignment was done, but axle/driveshaft angle can cause vibration issues. Hope this helps.

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      Ric Harris 2 months ago

      Okay, puzzle me this. After lowering my car I had an alignment done with caster camber bolts. The car developed a speed and temperature sensitive shaking of the wheel when I hit a bump while cornering. No vibration on bumps going straight. If I slow down to about 5 mph under the speed limit it eliminates the vibration, or makes it momentary. When driving at 5 mph over the speed limit it is always present on bumps while cornering. It doesn't matter whether it is a 40 mph road, or a 65 mph freeway. If the temperatures are cold, the symptom is minimized. If the temperature gets hot the problem is much worse. When it happens I must turn the wheel towards to outside of the curve and back a few times while slowing down. I had the tires repeatedly balanced and the alignment done 4 times and still had the problem. So I had the suspension inspected, and no problem was found. Now get this, I put new tires on the car and the problem completely disappeared. Since the previous set had worn the very inside tread only on both front tires, I didn't want to ruin another set. So I had an alignment done. Now the problem is back and just as bad as always. These new tires were on the car for 4 and 5 days respectively. The car is lowered .8 inches in front, and 1.2 inches in back. It has very aggressive sway bars, but when the new tires were on an no problems, I moved the sway bars to the maximum setting. Still no problem. How can an alignment be causing my steering wheel to shake violently when I hit a bump while cornering? Everything else is the same. Extremely frustrated.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Luke,

      You need to bring your vehicle back ASAP, or even have it towed back because it sounds like they may have forgot to tighten something. I would call them and ask them what you should do, tow it or drive it, I recommend tow it. Let me know what they find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Josh.

      I recommend bringing it back to the shop that did all the work and take the mechanic or shop foreman for a ride to point out your vibration. This will help the mechanic figure out your vibration quicker and also ask to go for a road test after the repair just to verify the repair. Sounds like you spent a ton of money on the repairs, it needs to be right! Keep me posted on how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi SooFoo,

      Tires are the more likely cause of this type of vibration. I recommend starting by having the tires balanced first before changing any axles, it's a quick check and a lot less expensive. CV joints can cause vibrations, but usually it under acceleration at low speeds and it usually cause by worn inner CV joints. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Luke Singleton 2 months ago

      I just got my tie Rod replaced in my front drivers side and now when I brasked going over 50 the wheel sounds like it is going to fall off (a thud kids like a flat tire).

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      josh 2 months ago

      I have a 98 chevy silverado 4x4 just had total fromt end alignment parts replaced ball joints tie rods control arms pitman arms an new tires but around 55 to 65 i get a vibration in peadals and stearing wheel

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      SooFoo 2 months ago

      My 08 equinox is shaking around 25 mph and then again around 65 mph. No vibration in the steering wheel but you can feel the car shaking. One mechanic looked at it and said it was the drive shaft. Called another place and over the phone they thought tires. I did replace one tire this past summer. What do you think?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nirup,

      It sounds like something is bent and now is rubbing under extreme stress. I recommend having it check by removing the wheel and looking for any signs of something rubbing on the body, rim, caliper, or suspension. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Nirup 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie, There was hard hit to my front alloy from side direction

      It is causing the steering vibration higher speed and When i turn my steering towards extreme right and accelerate slowly i hear an hard clunk sound repeatedly. could you please suggest

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Charlie,

      It's more than likely the tire balance. I recommend bringing it back to where you had them replaced and have them balance the tires again. Also it would be a good idea to have a mechanic go for a ride before the work is done so you can point out the vibration. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Famperez08,

      I recommend having the tires balanced and rotated to see if the pull goes away and the car stops vibrating. You may have an issue with one of the front tires but you won't be able to tell until you move both to the rear of the vehicle and balaced all 4. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alberto,

      I recommend having your front calipers checked for sticking. It's possible you have a caliper that is hanging up and causing the vibration and pull. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Albert,

      I recommend having the complete front suspension checked for worn or loose parts, you may have a possible tie rod or ball joint that is worn. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Charlie vega 3 months ago

      I have a 2008 malibu and it starts shaking on the highway at 60 n on...it feels like it shaked more when accelerating...I changed both tires on the front side..new and balnced..n changed out a loose tie Rod end..it sidewall shakes at same speed? I also checked and balanced back tires..??

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      Famperez08 3 months ago

      Hello

      thanks for the article, my issue is I have a 2012 Chevy Malibu my steering wheel starts to slightly vibrate it's kind of annoying cuz it's not a lot but yet you know it's not supposed to be doing it. And then sometimes it doesn't do it sometimes it does going 40 miles per hour plus and then the other weird issue is that once in a while cool either to the left or to the right when you let the steering wheel go I don't know wheel bearings ball joint CV axle wheel hub assembly or Just Tires out of balance. Can you guide me through this?? I will really appreciate it. Thanks in advance!!!

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      Alberto Perez 3 months ago

      Hello.

      I have a 2012 chevy malibu.

      My steering wheel starts to lightly vibrate at 40+ not all the time it, comes and goes and sometimes pulls to the left.

      Thanks you!!!

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      Albert 3 months ago

      I just got a 2012 Dodge Charger with 40 thousand miles and it has 22 inch rims. But the steering wheel shakes about 30 mph . And about 65mph and it stops and goes and when I put the breaks any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Conan,

      There many possibilities for this issue, tire balance, worn CV joints, warped rotors, etc... I believe you have more then one problem here. Have it checked.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Katie,

      If it were you rotors, you would have a sticking caliper too, so I would rule rotors out. At this point I recommend bringing it back to the shop that installed the tires and show them the RoadForce print out, then ask if they could go for a ride so you can point out the issue. I't very possible the tire that is in the yellow is causing the issue. Did you have this wobble before the tires were replaced?

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      Conan 3 months ago

      2008 chevy uplander. Shakes at 40mph-60mph. And especially at acceleration and braking at highway speeds.

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      Katie 3 months ago

      I took it in this past weekend and was told the CV joint was in good shape and they commented it sounded more like a tire issue from what they felt during test drive. They visually inspected all 4 tires and seem okay but could I have gotten a bad set of tires (Michelin - weren't cheap)? When I had it road force balanced at one shop, they gave a printout that had 3 tires showing in green that all ranged from '9-12 lbs' and 1 in yellow that said '17 lbs'. They didn't seem concerned but could that 1 tire be causing an issue? The only other area that has not been inspected at this point is my rotors.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Katie,

      The wobble you're describing sounds like an outer CV joint/ axle problem. CV joints are secured onto the axle by a c-clip or spring clip. If this clip is worn and the CV joint is not secure to the axle, the axle can move inside the CV joint and touch the outer case of the joint and cause a wobble in the vehicle, almost like the feeling of a bent rim. I recommend having both outer CV joints check for any excessive axle movement in or out of the outer CV joint. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Katie 3 months ago

      I am experiencing a 'wobble' in the driver seat of my Ford Edge from 30 mph-75 mph that is intermittent, but more often occurring than not. There is no vibration or anything in the steering wheel, only in the seat so I am assuming it is coming from the rear? I have had new tires put on, new shocks/struts, road force balanced twice (by 2 different shops), and taken to a 3rd shop who said all suspension parts were tight and not cracked, as well as the transmission mount. What else could be causing this? Not only is driving me crazy since I drive a lot, but makes me nervous to take the vehicle on long trips.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Heather,

      I think you're on the right track, possibly a wheel bearing, but you also have a vibration and squeak, so that might be just a tire balance problem. I recommend having a mechanic road test the vehicle with you in the vehicle so you can point out the problems you're having. Let me know if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Thama,

      I recommend having the wheel bearings checked and make sure you don't have a mud or dire built up inside the rims, this can cause a vibration at highway speeds. I think you have two different problems, so I recommend having a mechanic road test the vehicle with you so you can point out the problems you're having. Let me know if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

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      Thama 3 months ago

      Car type: 2002 Toyota Carolla (XE?)

      Issue: Car trembles once I hit over 50 MPH and when I turn my car to the left, my driver side wheel makes a noise.

      Question:

      Hi Eddie, my car has been having issues for the past about 2 months ever since I got a little colder and Florida. I don't deal with snow, but I do drive on the dangerous Highway in America call I-4. So we recently have been doing some major construction on the highway the past couple months, and my new job is located in another city area that's about 15 minutes away from me taking the highway. With the new construction, comes a lot of issues with the change of the roads and the road pattern. I recently have been noticing that my car trembles once I go over 50 miles per hour. I had an oil change because I've experienced something similar to it but I just need an oil change and went back to normal. Now, this time around it's still the same issue and it hasn't changed after my oil change. I've been trying to figure out if it's just my rotors or if it could be the CV joint. The noise has been continuous and I cannot figure out what to do next. Could you guide me on what is your best recommendation that I should do with my car. Should I go to a mechanic immediately or should I just go and get my tire rotated and also have it fixed or changed? Your advice is well needed and thank you so much for helping me!

      Sincerely,

      Thama

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      Heather 3 months ago

      Ok so I have a 1997 Toyota corolla and I've been experiencing vibration in my steering wheel that gets more intense the faster I go. Simotamiously a squeaking, wining sound will happen right along with the vibration of the steering wheel. I thought that I might have a bad bearing and after researching I think I might be right. What else could possibly be wrong with it. Why is it squeaking? Please help me figure this out so I can fix it before it goes out or messes up something else.

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      Johnny 3 months ago

      My car was shaking something fierce and it started after I drove on a near flat tire. There was always a small vibration but nothing bad. I pulled in my garage, steering wheel straight and noticed the driver side tire was pointing out. Easily seen with the naked eye. I did a quick and dirty alignment just to get me till payday (4 days away) and sure enough the shaking completely stopped.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jane,

      Sometimes a sticking caliper can cause that feeling, and if your having issues with the rotors warping often, this could be the problem. Mechanics don't always clean and lube brakes like they should and a caliper can drag the brake pads on the rotor for long periods of time causing them to overheat and warp. The quickest way to find out if the calipers are sticking is to have all 4 wheel off the ground and go around the car and spin each one by hand, they should all move freely, if not, you found the problem. One other thing to check is for a bent rim, this could also cause a wobble, but not rotor warping. Let me know if this helps.

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      Jane 3 months ago

      Hello Eddie

      My car seems to ride with a wobble. Wondering if something is lose and shifting or a brake problem? Maybe a caliper shifting? Sometimes the problem is worse or less after Braking hard. It's usually more noticeable in slower speeds but not always. New tires, no pulling, no noises, no vibration. The car has a tendency to warp rotors quickly which causes your typical pulsing on braking, that's no mystery. But wondering if there is a connection that whatever is causing the wobble is adding to rotors warping?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Austin,

      I'm not sure if you describing the plastic centering ring for some aftermarket rims, but if you are, that is most likely the problem. I am assuming the spare tire you installed was causing some of your vibration as well, but I'm not sure if you had the old tire repaired? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Maylin,

      That sure is a lot of problems lol. The vibration on acceleration is usually cause by a worn CV joint or U-joint, I don't know the year make or model of your vehicle and this could make the difference between joints.

      When you went on vacation, the rotors most likely got very rusted and that is the loud grinding/dragging noise you heard, this is also the thumping noise you hear on the highway.

      The wind tunnel noise is possible a wheel bearing noise, (see my article on wheel bearing noises in the section above the comment box section) Listen to the videos I have made and see if your noise is similar.

      The power steering lagging is a bit weird and I don't have a good answer for that one. Let me know if this information helps, and keep me posted on what you find, thanks Maylin.

      Hi Jason,

      It's possible your rotors are not seated flat against the hubs because of rust or corrosion. It's also possible you have corrosion on the mating surface of the wheel to rotors. All these areas need to be sanded and cleaned of debris before reassembling the vehicle, if not, wheels and rotors can wobble causing vibrations. I'm not sure this is your problem, but I don't think you had a vibration before you needed brakes, and now you have vibrations, sounds to me like a man made problem. Let me know your thoughts, thanks.

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      Austin 4 months ago

      So, my car fell of the jack while trying to do a quick tire change. I got the car back up and put the tire on and now when I drive a "vibration" starts to happen. However, it does NOT happen when I break or accelerate, only when I'm "cruising" and just let go of the accelerator. It's super weird. But I replaced my breaks and looked at my rotor and it looks fine. When I replaced my breaks I notice that a piece of plastic (the cover that's around the wheels) was kind of bubbled in towards the tire itself and I thought maybe that's the reason, so I popped it back into place and it worked fine... for about 10 minutes then the problem came back. So I'm not sure if the breaks fixed it for 10 minutes, or if the plastic "bubble" being put back fixed it, but either way I have no idea what's happening now. Anyone got an idea?

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      Maylin H5 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I've been having some issues with my car I'd like your thoughts on. My car shakes regularly on the highway and less on regular roads but the shaking always stops if I let go of the gas. It's worse at around 60-70mph but starts once I hit 40. I had a slight bend in my rear passenger rim and I've had the wheels balanced and realigned last month. I hit a nasty pothole a few days later and the shaking was more noticeable but I haven't had any air/pressure leak in that tire since and the shaking still stops when I left off the gas. Additionally (I'm assuming it might be another issue) I went on vacation for two weeks and left the car at a friend's house where it sat outside during lots of rain and snow and was just started but not moved. When i got in it yesterday and backed up my car made a jolt that it usually does after sitting for a bit but then had a loud grinding noise as i went back as if I was dragging something underneath. I checked that out and saw nothing hanging. I put the car forward again with no problem but when I went back in reverse I heard an extremely loud crunching sound coming from what I think is my rear driver wheel. I got out and didn't see anything hanging or sticking out and after moving the car up and down the driveway forwards and backwards it went away. When I got back on the main road I could hear a noise coming from the rear wheels that sounded like the noise of wind in a wind tunnel. I don't know how accurate a noise that is but that was my first thought when I heard it. It did it at all speeds at first then went away and just does it at highway speed now. I'm not sure if it's connected but I've occasionally since then felt the steering seem to go weaker when I'm driving and if I kind of turn it quickly left and right in a lane going around 55-60 on the highway it felt as if the car was lagging behind the wheel a bit. Not sure if that's related. I also hear a slight thumping noise when I brake at highway speeds but not at all at regular street speeds. I know this is a lot but I thought I'd try to tell you everything I've noticed about the car in the event that you have any advice or thoughts on it.

      Thank you so much,

      Maylin

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      Jason Grant 4 months ago

      So my front brake pads were going bad. I took them to a auto shop and they told me my pads, rotors and brake fluid needed to be replaced. After replacing them, my car starts to shake/vibrate when i brake. I go back and they say the rear drums and brakes need to be changed. I change them and I drive the next day, the car (2005 Pontiac Grand AM SE v6/3.4L, 156k mi) starts to vibrate when I reach speeds up to 50-55mph. Did a balancing job today, car still shakes, just not consistently. Any thoughts anyone?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Will,

      You may have broken a belt inside the tire or it's possible you either bent the wheel or knocked off weights. I recommend having it checked just to be sure.

      Hi Stephen,

      Alignment will not cause this problem, I recommend having the tires balanced first and see how it feels. Keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Mike,

      The vehicle has impact sensors, usually in the front and sides. The description of your vehicles damage sounds like it impacted in the rear first, so I really don't have a good answer for you. Your insurance company will most likely do some sort of investigation if they have questions.

      Hi Fred,

      Sometimes there is an adjustment to raise and lower the idle. I recommend having mechanic try raising the idle about 500 RPM and see if the vibration goes away. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Fred D 4 months ago

      Hi! So I have a 2006 Kia spectra ex. So the car shakes while I am in drive not constantly but it does a lot now. Also today while I was driving home from work the steering seems to be hard and so did the brake pedal. May I please know what is the problem? Thanks and any suggestions. I bought this car like 2 months ago and have invested lots of money on it. Bad deal. Changed power steering fluid, transmission and engine fluid, changed 4 spark plugs, changed 4 transmission mounts, new battery, transmission filter etc. and the car is still shaking while in drive. Help please!!!!!

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      Mike Bowen 4 months ago

      After watching your video the sever vibrating was like the first vehicle, must have been balance or alignment.. It was scary. Yup I guess while trying to figure out what was going on i lost control and struck the vehicle. The lighting was really dark there and want using high beams due to semi in front of me. Any clue as to why my airbags never deployed?

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      stephen 4 months ago

      Hi, I bought a 2000 Honda cry with 77k miles. the first thing I did is, changed the oils, check the bearings and rods, wheel alignment, balancing and tire rotation. after that when I tried to go 80mph to 85mph my steering wheel and car shakes, and then I noticed my brakes were bad. so after that I changed new rotors and pads, I now have good brakes but still has shaking on 85mph. do you think I need alignment after changing the rotors? thank you in advance

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      William Rentz85 4 months ago

      I was pulling into a gas station yesterday to put air in my tire when a semi cut me off as he was pulling out. He made an unnecessary wide turn when he had plenty of room causing me to Veer off to the right. I was already hugging the edge so when i cut the wheel my right front tire hit a busted up curb causing my car to stop in its tracks. I was traveling approx 5-10mph. After inspecting the tire no visible dents or cracks can be found on the wheel and the tire appears fine but whenever i reach exactly 60 my car goes into a violent seizure. I just had both front tires replaced less than 2 weeks ago. I have a 2002 eclipse with 18" wheels. Could it be thatvi hit hard enough to knock some weights off. It drives perfectly normal until i hit that magic number '60'. I have a 3yr old daughter and I need to figure this out before I'm able to put her back in the car. Thank u for your help

      Will

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      My first thought was you may have hit something in the road without seeing it. Without seeing the car and doing a thorough inspection it hard to say. Glad you're OK.

      Hi Grace,

      I would have to say either you damaged either the u-joints on the driveshaft or the CV /axle shafts. I'm not sure how you got stuck, but if your car drove off the road at a good rate of speed, you may want to start by looking for debris stuck between the tires and rims and also check for bent rims.

      Note: One thing you should never do with an automatic transmission is rock it back and forth from drive to reverse, you could cause internal damage, but I don't think that is your problem here. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Grace 4 months ago

      I live in North Dakota and own a 2009 Toyota Rav4. I got stuck recently and threw my car back and forth from drive to reverse and put it in 4 wheel drive until I finally managed to get it unstuck. I then noticed at 65+ mph my vehicle violently shaking. I removed all of the snow and ice from the tires and underneath and it still violently shakes at higher speeds both when I am accelerating and take my foot off the gas. A friend suggested I may have damaged the u joints... what do you think?

      Thanks! (:

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      Mike Bowen 4 months ago

      What would cause my rig to vibrate violently when hitting 60 to 70 mph freeway cruising speed then lose control and severely crashing knocking me unconscious? The vehicle lost both bumpers, airbags did not deploy, most damage was the rear of vehicle, with significant damage to the right and left sides, knocking out the right front headlight and not damaging the hood? Vehicle almost looks as if I was rear ended from the damage. Also, the front drivers wheel well is lower than the rest of the wheel wells. The only reason I walked away visually unharmed was because of my seat belt. Vehicle is absolutely totaled and I was told I hit something unattended. But I remember nothing so do not know.

      I drove a 2005 4WD Via Sorento

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stevenson,

      You're very welcome. If you can afford the Michelin Defender LTX, it's a great tire for traction, longevity, and handling in all conditions. Let me know if this helps.

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes, any type of debris caught inside the rim can cause a wheel to become off balance and cause a shake/vibration.

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      Nancy shokoff 4 months ago

      Since it was new, my rogue vibrates if ice or dirt gets in rims. I am always looking for a car wash, since I live in the country !!

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      Stevenson 4 months ago

      Thank you Mr. Eddie for this wonderful tips. I'd finally understood whats happening to our car. Now I'm planning to change all the assorted wheels installed. Got a Kelly brand on front wheels and Yokohama with different model at the back. Just wanna ask what is the best tire for Toyota Innova, the one that is safe and satisfy the needs of traveler.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi greggle1,

      The first thing to look at is the tires. It sounds to me like your tire is either bald or worn severely on the inside edge, so start there and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      greggle1 4 months ago

      I have also noticed that when I drive on snow covered roads, the vibration stops. Weird.

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      greggle1 4 months ago

      Hello Eddie, I own a 2005 town & country. A couple of days ago I have noticed a wobble that will move the vehicle and steering wheel seemingly from the front passenger tire. It is noticeable at all speeds but seems to not be as bad when I get up to 50 mph. When I make turns at any speed it seems that the wobble stops. Given the holidays I have yet to get the chance to investigate the cause and I don't really have the money to take it in at the moment. Any ideas on where I can start or what the possible cause could be? Thank you in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Leviah-Papayah,

      I'm still a kid at heart at 50 and still play in the snow lol. You most likely filled your rims with snow and they are off balance temporarily until you rinse them out or it melts. Let me know if this helps.

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      Leviah-Papayah 5 months ago

      I was being silly on my way home from work; I found a nice frozen corner on a back road with open visibility so I decided to try going around the corner fast-ish to get a fishtail. I would be cool like in the movies. Slid backwords into a snowy ditch at probably about 30-35 mph. There isn't any obvious visual damage but the car starts wobbling a bit when I go over 50 mph. Maybe the rear passenger wheel has a slight negative camber? It's hard to tell just by looking at it.

      Any thoughts on what might have been damaged?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      Sounds like you have a defective tire. I recommend bringing it back to where you bought the tires and take them for a ride to point out the issue. Does the car vibrate or shake while driving?

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      Paul Becerra 5 months ago

      Thank you for the great information, I know I'll be using it soon.

      I do have a car issue I need some advice with currently.

      When I'm driving between 20-40 MPH it feels like I have a flat tire, but I recently replaced all 4 tires and they are not flat.

      Any adice/suggestions you can offer me?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bessike,

      If you can find a tire store that has a roadforce balance machine, you may be able to rule out wheels and tires if checked on this machine. Call around town to see if anyone can roadforce balance your wheels and tires. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Bessike 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2013 Toyota Prado TLS. When driving above 80km/hr I get vibration on the steering wheel and see the gear shift trembling as well. This increases as I keep accelerating and the whole car vibrrates. Above 120km/hr it all dissapears and the ride is super smooth. I bought new tyres. Tried balancing the wheels, and recently changed all the steering arms and bushings. Its still there so I complained to the dealership that sold me the car and did the recent maintenance work I just mentionned. The Manager has the same problem on his FJ Cruiser and is now pretty much at a loss what to do next. I would appreciate any ideas from other Toyota 4x4 owners who have faced and solved this problem, or even any one else who has experience or expertise on such problems.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pam,

      Sorry didn't see your post. Was the bounce there before you replaced the two front tires?

      Hi Belluchi,

      If the vibration never existed before replacing the brake pads, most likely the mechanic caused the problem. I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic who did the brakes originally. I would drop off the car and tell them you don't want it back till the vibration is gone, and you're not spending another dime!!! Reiterate that the vibration was not there before the pads were replaced and you would like it fixed, if you need to talk to the boss, go for it. Keep me posted.

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      Belluchi 5 months ago

      my car steering never vibrated until i changed my break pads. i complained to my mechanic and he advised that we change the break disc, i changed the disc and the problem persisted. he again told me to do the balancing.. ive spent alot of money on balancing, i even did another one yesterday after i changed all my tires.on my way to work this morning same problem persisted.. pls what do i do.i use a 3 series BMW

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      Pam K 5 months ago

      I have a 2007 chevy uplander. Purchased used 2 days ago. I've done two new front tires on the front as the back were still at 7-8/10. As well as all major fluid services and a new battery. Yet while going slower (30-40km) it feels like the van is bouncing a bit. No noises that I've noticed. Other than that drives well. I'll be taking it back into the tire place Monday for a re tork and inspection. But wondering what ideas you might have as to the cause of the bouncing. Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alex,

      I never buy anything but Michelin tires for my vehicles. I've mounted and balanced all brands, and Michelin by far has the least amount of issues. Thanks for your input Alex :)

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      ALEX WHITESIDE 6 months ago

      I solved my vibration problem with MICHELIN tires-They invented the radial tire in 1948 and

      actually make a round tire that does not wobble or bounce -I was a chemist in the industry and I was told by another chemist/engineer- AT A LARGE TIRE COMPANY -not to buy his company's tire but to get MICHELINS-He was right and I do thank him-Long term vibration can have serious effects on your health -I know ? The unique construction and design of the MICHELIN RADIAL is protected by numerous patents .

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Let me know how you make out Fatai,

      Hi Vibration,

      You can use your real first name :) Usually a bent rim or worn tire can causes slow speed vibrations, also, you may want to have all your ball joints and tie rod ends checked for wear.

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      Vibration 7 months ago

      I've got a 1994 Geo Prizm and the steering wheel has started to vibrate at speeds less then ~45mph. After 45mph the vibration goes away. Usually I know to get a balance done when the steering vibrates at higher highway speeds. Can balancing issues cause vibration at lower speeds instead of higher speeds?

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      Fatai Rasaki 7 months ago

      Since I changed the exhust pipe in my Toyota sienna, each time I hit 100km/h the steering do shakes. Especially if I stop acceleration on 100 above. It wasn't like this before. But let me check the balancing and alignment with the tire pressure, as what I've been reading in previous comments.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jack,

      Then you know that it's the wheels or tires causing the vibration. I recommend bringing them back to the store you bought them from and exchanging them. Unfortunately you most likely replaced ball joints and tie rod ends for nothing, who knows if they were even needed to be replaced? Sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but it's the only way you'll get rid of the vibration. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Jack Hooks 8 months ago

      It did not whatsoever Eddie.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jack,

      I have one question for you. Did the vehicle shake like this before you installed the new wheels and tires? Let me know, thanks.

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      Jack Hooks 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2006 Mustang that I recently bought new aftermarket rims and tires for and have been having a terrible wheel shake at ~60MPH, I had them professionally mounted and balanced, Aligned, and replaced ball joints and tie rods, do you have any suggestions?

      Thanks!

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      Jack 8 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I am at a lost here, I have a 2006 Mustang and I recently bought new after-market rims and tires and have been having a terrible wheel shake at ~60MPH. I have had them professionally mounted and balanced twice, aligned, replaced ball joints and tie rods, and it still shakes like crazy when on the highway, any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jose,

      Sometimes when you remove the old rotors they can leave rust patches on the hub and when you install the new rotors they cannot sit flush against the hub surface because of these rust patches, which in turn causes a vibration, usually more noticeable when braking but can also be felt just while driving. If the rotors doesn't sit flush against the hub and is wobbling, the rime will wobble as well. I recommend checking this problem first, if all is OK, you'll need to dig a little deeper. Keep me posted on what you find Jose, thanks.

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      JoseBarocio 8 months ago

      Hey Eddie

      I have a 2004 Nissan Maxima 3.5sl. I just changed my rotors about a week ago, and my cars steering wheel began to shake. Shaking starts at about 50-55mph and as a accelerate it turns into a vibration. I got my two front wheels balanced today, and ny car is still doing the same. Do you have any idea what it could be?

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Yes, Any play in any suspension part (worn parts) can cause a vibration. I assumed all suspension components had been inspected and passed any safety concerns, my bad, lol. Thanks for the update Ross.

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      Ross 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie, every one was say to me only wheels can make it vibration, like I was saying done balance up to 10 times check alloys for damage and nothing change, only happens at high speed start at 75-80mph and go up to max speed, I'm think problem was in top mounts because was very bad play in top mount bearing shocks was not to bad but I'm change all in once,very easy identify the problem go to dual carriageway drive that speed which start wheel vibration and steering left or right if you don't feel vibration when you steering it's top mount

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for the input Bill, it's always nice to information on topics not covered :).

      Ross,

      So you changed the shocks and top mounts and the vibration is gone at 80 mph? That's really good information. Who figured out the problem and how?

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      Ross 8 months ago

      Vibration sorted it's was shock absorbers and top mounts thanks

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      Bill 8 months ago

      Gentlemen: I have been reading all the comments, but not one person has mentioned the vibration in the front end that feels like you thrown a wheel weight or damaged a tire. The faster you go the worse the noise and vibration. You hear it, you feel it and nothing more than the dust baffle has fallen down or been pulled loose buy going over those terrible parking concrete stoppers you find in most parking lots. I put new screws in and put the baffle back up and no more noise or vibrations. Just a THOUGHT. HAPPY CAMPER Bill

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ross,

      The vibration you have will take some time and effort to rid. The best way to attack this problem is to bring to a shop that has a RoadForce tire balancer, then you'll need to find a mechanic who is willing to spend a few hours rotating the tires on each rim to phase match them. If any of your tires have more then 10 lbs of road force you'll have a vibration. I know you don't want to here this but the vibration you are describing is extremely hard to remedy.

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      Ross 8 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I'm check wheel torque today nothing change still shaking steering wheel soon as you get 80 mph same on gear and neutral, Went to wheel repair company Check my wheels on any damage all good tyres new michelin, wheels Original VW, wheel bearings all good, suspension good was in 3 garages nothing? Any ideas? Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ross,

      It's possible your wheels are over torqued causing the rime to warp, so you may want to have that checked first.

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      Ross 8 months ago

      Hi, I have wheel vibration at (Vw Passat b7)only when I get 80-90 mph before every thing ok I change 3 pairs tyres balance 8 times in different garages and swap with 3 different cars wheels every time same soon as you get 80 start shake steering wheel, was at VW check suspension everything ok and green done wheel alignment? No idea what to do next?

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kim,

      Not usually, but I guess it all depends on what kind of damage it is. Vibrations when braking are usually caused by warped rotors, vibrations at highway speeds typically are cause by out of balanced tires. There are other things that can cause vibrations at highway speeds, but tire balance is most common. Let me know if this helps or if you have more questions, Thanks.

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      kim 11 months ago

      Will a damage rack pinion have vibration in the steering wheel at a certain speed or when braking ?

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Terrion,

      I don't have a good answer for you on the vibration over 80 mph, most balance machines will never reach those speeds, therefore it's almost impossible to balance for that speed. The only way that could you could possibly balance wheels at that speed is to find a shop with an on car balance machine (very rare). Let me know if you have any luck , thanks.

      Hi Brittany,

      The most likely cause is the mechanic over torqued the wheel and caused the rotors to warp, especially if the vehicle didn't have the problem before the struts were replaced. Another reason would be that something may not be tightened to spec like a hub assembly or strut bolts. I recommend bringing it back to the shop that did the work and take them for a test drive so you can point out the vibration. Let me know how you make out Brittany, and sorry for the late reply, life sometimes gets in the way.

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      Brittany 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I recently had my front struts replaced and ever since my car/steering wheel shakes when I apply the brakes, especially at highway speeds. It's pretty scary. It's never had this issue before. Any idea on what it may be?

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      Terrion1 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Update:

      As planned, I took the car back and got the rear tyres balanced dynamically and retorqued using torque wrench. After that I took and the car was okay but I could not drove past 130 km/h. The vibrations were gone till that speed. Later on, I got the chance to go at higher speeds and I noticed that car at around 160 km/hr vibrating a little bit and there are noise from front driver wheel side. Also car was not feeling smooth. This time I went to BMW dealer and told them the issue, one of guy tested it up to 130 km/ hr and he felt car is not behaving abnormally. He said since these are new tyre give them some time. The garage which did balancing used slow speed rev machines for balancing.

      Not sure whether high speed or road force ( I need to find here in Milan) will be able to help in this case. As typically unbalance tyre show up at 60 mph in my case it is not smooth up to 80 mph, only at higher speed 85 + mph, I am feeling a bit of vibration, stiffness and noise which to me originating from driver side. What do you suggest Eddie?

      Look forward for your opinion before doing anything else.

      Cheers Terrion

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mehmet,

      Have you had the rotors checked? If they are warped and your calipers are dragging, it could cause a shake/vibration. Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Terrion,

      I recommend taking it back and have them re-torque like you said, but road test with the mechanic after the job is done, just to verify the vibration is gone. Keep me posted on how you make out, thanks.

      Hi Wmelfe

      I recommend checking the tire closely, it sounds like you tire either has a broken belt or is almost bald, the only other thing I can think of is a bent rim. Let me know, thanks.

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      Wmelfe 12 months ago

      Hello, I have a 2001 dodge neon. Recently, I have changed the struts. However I have noticed that my front passenger side wheel has a strange wobble while I drive it at all speeds. It is much more noticeable at lower speeds, however still noticeable on the highway. Any help diagnosing this? It does this at all speeds. I am not sure if my new struts are stiff and im just feeling all of the imperfections in the road or what, but it seems to only be my front passenger side tire bumping. It also feels like it is bumping in one particular spot during its rotation. Help please.

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      Terrion1 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have BMW 320 d (f30) less than two year old. I recently changed my all 4 tyres m+s types ( bmw approved Dunlop winter sports 4 d, run flat) with summer types ( bmw approved Dunlop sports max tt, run flat) after 20,000 km. The job was done by a local tyre shop, they run the balance test but how robustly, I cannot say as it went quick with low speed rotation.

      Immediately after taking out of shop , at speed of 110 km ( 60 mph), I started experiencing vibration in my seat (driving side) as the speed increased passenger speed started vibrating, increasing speed further at around 160 km/h ( 100 mph) the car back seat started vibrating too, vas was literally vibrating. Braking, cornering, etc was okay. I felt that vibration is originating from left hand front tyre side ( driver side) towards the start, however,,as the speed increased I could not figure out.

      Since there was no noticeable vibration even up to 210 km/h before and car is 1-1/2 year old with 21, 000 km only, I suspect it is tyre job which caused the issue. The guys used air wrens and didn't bother to do star pattern tightening, so issue might be over torquing of wheel causing vibrations? Or balance was done properly?

      Anyway, I am thinking take it back to garage, ask them to do balancing once again and carefully torque this time.

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      mehmet 12 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have 2005 Honda crv, My wheel was vibrating after 80 km, got all four tires balanced many times. alignment done. tires and rims new no defect.mechanic can't find reason and told only balance issue. please advice me about where to look, I am about to get crayz, thanks in advance.

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      Samantha 13 months ago

      Hey Eddie, I am in a 2005 Nissan Alrima and every now and then when I turn the right my car starts vibrating really bad and sounds like it is going to die. Could it be the cat?

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tori,

      Anytime a vehicle vibrates as slow speeds, like 10 mph, it's usually a tire issue, like a bald tire or a broke belt inside the tire. I recommend rotating the front tire to the rear of the vehicle and the rears to the front and see if that make any improvement, you'll know right away if the tires are the issue. , keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Tori 13 months ago

      Hey Eddie, Im driving a 91 Grand Marquis and my car is shaking worst between 10 an 30mph but vibrates constantly and worse when i apply the breaks. Im hoping it may be a tire issue as they are wearing unevenly, but im just not sure. Ive replaced the brakes recently and i thought the rotors looked great. I scratched my rim a few months ago, but the shaking didnt start until recently so im just a little clueless.

      How can I be sure its not the control arm?

      Thanks :)

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Awesome Karen,

      Thank you so much for coming back to give me an update, it really helps other reader understand what having the tires balanced can do for vibrations, it also help me know if I'm really helping with my suggestions :) See you when you visit NH, lol.

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      Karen Ann 13 months ago

      Hi Eddie......you were right on the money. Since I had purchased the tires last May, I went back to shop where I bought them. They balanced the tires at no charge as they were under warranty. Have road tested them....no more vibration!! Thank you so much!!

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      Eddie Carrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      We miss you in NH ;) The first place to start is the tires. Most vibration come from tires out of balance or worn tires, I know you just had them check a few month ago, but a lot can happen in a few months. Mud and dirt can build up on the inside of the rims when driving on dirt roads or heavily sanded roads and will need to be rinsed out, even tires that don't have the right amount of tire pressure can cause a bad vibration and pull. If the tires look OK, have no uneven wear, and the pressures are set at about 33 psi, have them balanced. Keep in mind that alignment will not cause a vibration, just tire wear. Keep me posted on what you find Karen, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Karen Ann 14 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I left a post in what is now the wrong place, your "What is that Noise?" My problem is vibration, and I should have started here. I bought my Saturn Vue, 2004, in rebuilt condition in May 2013, at a dealership in NH. It didn't give me any major problems, changed the oil, brought it for check ups, passed all inspections, etc. Now that I have moved to Maryland, the steering wheel began to vibrate. Went to a garage. Bought front end brakes and four new tires. They determined the main problem required a new left front caliper and two new rotors. Car ran smoothly for a few months, but is now vibrating so badly again I'm afraid the wheel is going to fall off. The vibrating occurs when I drive over 35 mph. The car only has 114,000 miles on it. Any suggestions? (Other than I live in an area where there is plowing, pot holes and not NH.......I miss NH!)

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Son, Do you mean when you hit 60-70 mph? I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic who installed the tires and take them for a road test so you can point out the vibration, you may just need to balance the wheels again. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Son 17 months ago

      Hey eddie i have a 2001 honda odyessy. When i hit 6000-7000 rpm the car starts to shake. I got the alignment done to it and change 2 brand new front tires and it still doing it

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Briani,

      Usually after market axles are re-manufactured but I could be wrong ;) Keep me posted on what you do and your results, thanks.

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      Brianl 17 months ago

      Well they were labeled as 'all-new', but i have had problems like this before with 'new' parts, i put a new carrier bearing on my ranger's driveline, and it came from the factory with no grease in it!!! Had to change it again lol. Might just have to change them again...

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      Eddie Carrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Briani,

      It sounds like you ordered reman axles and you have a bad or worn inner CV joint on one of them. This is the most common reason for a vibration on acceleration with re-manufactured axles. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      brianl 17 months ago

      Hello Eddie, I have an 82 subaru BRAT, I just had the front CV axles replaced, and immediately after leaving the shop, I developed a mild shake in the steering wheel, but only from 0 mph to about 25 mph, and only when putting power to the road (i.e. I can get it shaking at about 20 mph, then push in the clutch and the shake is gone). It did not do this at all before I took it into the shop. At first i feared that i had supplied the wrong cv axles (I am a parts guy for a trucking company, so I ordered the parts myself and had a shop install them), but after checking my old cv axles against another set of the same new ones, they are definitely correct. Any ideas Eddie????

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Maybe the transmission shift cable is out of adjustment??

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      jajafk 18 months ago

      Update: I ended up taking my car to my mom's mechanic and it was the transmission and 2 cracked seals. I got the car back today, but I noticed that when I tried to turn it off, the ignition wouldn't turn passed the switch right before "off" and I of course couldn't get my key out. After restarting it twice, I was able to turn it off completely and remove my key. I went home after that and it turned off as usual. I'm taking it back tomorrow, but what do you think it could be? It was fine for the first few stops, and afterward, but the times in between concern me. I shook the steering wheel just in case it had locked, but that wasn't the case.

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Michelle, thank you for taking the time to come back hear with your update, I really appreciate it :)

      Hi Mataldad69,

      Vibrations are most commonly cause by tires or bent rims or improperly installed wheels like if you you had missing centering rings or improperly torqued wheels. I know you just had the wheel balanced, but I recommend bringing it back to the shop to have them recheck their work,. Take them for a test drive so you can point out the problem your're having, that way the mechanic know what they have to fix. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      metaldad69 18 months ago

      Hi,I have a 2000 Lincoln Town Car.All of a sudden it shakes badly at 55mph+.It seems to be coming from the front end,but it shakes so much it's hard to be certain but you can feel it in the steering also.I had one tire replaced that had an egg,and all tries have been balanced.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thank you

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      Michelle 19 months ago

      Yeah, I had been through every conceivable possibility why the damn light came on and that was my last hope, albeit a slim one :) It turns out someone tried to syphon gas and must have been scared off before they could complete the job. The light came on because the gas cap was not secured. It also explains why my gas tank was near to empty two weeks ago when I could have sworn it was 3/4 full! I had the garage clear the code for me. Thanks for taking the time to answer!

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      Eddie Carrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michelle,

      No, the check engine light has nothing to do with tires or vibrations. The check engine light is a warning that something in the emission system is malfunctioning, you'll need to have the code pulled, that will will point you in the right direction. Let me know if this helps :)

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      Michelle 19 months ago

      Hi there! Just a quick question - will shaking tires due to clay silt build up in the wheels lead to the check engine light coming on? My '08 jeep is running fine, no fluid leaks, no problems starting or stopping and is serviced almost religiously. I came back from a trip recently and four days later the light came on. Before I bring it in for testing I was wondering if it was a simple as the tires being the problem for the light. Any help would be lovely Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire

      It sounds like you have a bad tire with a broken belt in the front. I recommend having them checked first. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      ChryslerNeedsHelp! 19 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 2wd Chrysler T&C. It was recently given to me by my parents after a deer hit the side of the van. it ended up being a total loss (two doors, left hubcap, and metal panel above wheel needed to be replaced) and they got a "new" car and gave this one to me.

      It has had slight to "kinda disturbing" vibration in front wheels for a long time before the accident and for a while and for a little while after the accident, it stayed the same. A little while after it was given to me, the shaking in the front progressively got worse.

      At this point, the whole car will move left/right, left/right at lower speeds and vibrates badly at high. The steering wheel moves back and forth at all speeds. this is a description of how it moves: I drive at 1-10mph. and wheel will very slowly move left and then suddenly knock hard left and the front end of the car will knock left with it. It feels like it's the right wheel that does all of the knocking but the whole front end moves. I very recently replaced both front axles along with rotors and brake pads. Tires were all bought used but I know this car has had vibration issue in the past. I don't want to take it into the shop without having an idea of what the issue is first. I have already put money into it and it isn't worth spending much more on. Help is greatly, greatly appreciated! was very excited when I found this site after looking for almost 1/2hr.!

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      Eddie Carrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi jajafk,

      I recommend bringing it back to your first mechanic who said it was an axle, the grease could be from the CV boot leaking and it finally let go. Check with the first mechanic and let me know the outcome :)

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      jajafk 19 months ago

      Help! LOL! I have a 2001 Nissan Altima GXE automatic. It's been shaking and occasionally surging when driving. All in one week, I noticed that my brakes weren't as strong as they once were (I would slide before coming to a stop). One day I was about to turn a corner when I heard a loud pop (like someone had hit me from behind) and the car would no longer drive in any gear. It starts up great, but goes no where. I was told by one mechanic that it was the axle. Then, I was told by a tow truck driver that it could be transmission fluid; we checked and it was ridiculously low, so my husband added the rest of what we had in a previously used bottle (less than half). It still wouldn't drive. So, we had it towed to another mechanic who put it up on the lift and almost immediately said because their was grease on the bottom that the transmission was gone and would have to be replaced or rebuilt. Then, he offered to buy my car because he has the same one. He didn't check for anything else. I had it towed to another shop and the mechanic said it couldn't be the transmission because it started up too well, and then he too offered to buy my car. I don't know who to trust, or what to believe.

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jr,

      The problem is most likely in the tires, new or not. Is there any way you can swap two tires from another vehicle the same size just to test if the front wheel are the problem, because that is the only way to test my theory.

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      Jr 20 months ago

      Oh and of corse when they drive it it doesnt shake and ive explained to them it needs to be drove more than around the block .any suggestions where to start im up for a list of suggestions at this point.

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      Jr 20 months ago

      Hey just to get back to you took my 2003 toyota tundra 4wd and had tires balanced again at a different place today done same thing when i left it has new tires 5months old good even brake wear on both sides not broken bands or knots in tires. Have had it at toyota dealership and another mechanic to have it checked they have both told me all ball joints ect ect ect under truck was tight nothing loose or broken calipers look good.when it shakes it does it fast but vehicle tracks strait with no hands on the wheel just sterring wheel shakes like crazy it does it only sometimes then stops then mabey 20 min does it again its worse when braking while its shaking but when its not shaking braking is normal no pulling or pulsing in petal

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jr,

      Sometimes wheels do need weight to balance them out, or they could have used inner weight only which you probably wouldn't see. Did you have them balanced? Does it still vibrate?

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      Jr 20 months ago

      What would cause my sterring wheel to shake at highway speeds only sometimes. Had everything looked at they said it was tire out of balance but they didnt put any wheel weights back on the wheel

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elias,

      Do the rims have centering rings on the hub side? If so, make sure one didn't fall out while installing the rims. I know both sets of wheels vibrate, but is the vibration exactly the same?

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      Elias 20 months ago

      I. Have a 2010 dodge charger it had 17" I put 20" rims and new tires my steering wheel sheakes it did it with the 17" wheels to. Its bad at 70-85 mph i think its loose front end parts. What do you think!

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      El 21 months ago

      Thank you Eddie,

      Yes I actually set them according to the manual since they were too inflated. They were over the limit which makes me question what the tire shop was thinking. I will do that and let you know what happens.

      Thank you for your help Eddie.

      El

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi El,

      I think you need to bring it back to the shop who installed your tires and take them for a test drive to show them the vibration. The tires may not have been seated on the bead correctly or the tires were not balanced properly. I have also seen a lot of tires come from the manufacturer defective, but the shop will need to figure that out. Balance and alignment are two different problems. Balance is for shakes and vibrations, alignments are for pulls and tire wear, but letting too much air out of a tire can cause a pull. I recommend setting the tire pressures to the sticker in the drivers door jam, or just setting all tires at 34 psi. Let me know if this clears up any confusion El, thanks.

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      El 21 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I recently changed my breaks and front rotors. Car was shaking, I'm thinking due to bad tires and the front tire blew while I was on highway yesterday. Well today, I got 4 new tires, got them balanced, and did alignment, yet steering wheel is still shaking over 55 mph. I had to get 4 new tires and balance at a different place from alignment; while at the guy's shop doing alignment took my car for a drive, he said that he thinks there's not an alignment issue but he checked and said nothing else was wrong so he did alignment. I came home to check my tire pressure and the 4 new tires were over inflated, I deflated them and shaking wasn't as bad, but I still feel it. Now since I deflated my tires, I need a new alignment because now it's actually pulling to the side. I read somewhere vibration has nothing to do with alignment. I was told balance was done when I bought my tires. What else could it be? Thank you Eddie.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      Most likely you'll need your mechanic for this one, and it will cost a few hundred bucks, maybe more depending on parts pricing and the location of the failed part (s). Keep me posted Lisa, thanks.

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      Lisa 22 months ago

      Thanks Eddie,

      I will look into this. Is it something I will be able to locate and fix myself or will it involve a visit to a mechanic? Will it be expensive to repair?

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      The vibration is not coming from the work you just mentioned, you would only feel that when the vehicle is moving, and because you feel this vibration when stopped, it's more likely a failed motor or transmission mount. Let me know if you have any other questions Lisa, thanks :)

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      Lisa 22 months ago

      Hi Eddie, just got a rotation, wheel alignment and balance done and since picking up the car I am experiencing vibration throughout the entire car even when car is in park with the handbrake applied. It can be felt in the steering wheel, seat, floor, pedal and frame of car. When driving at any speed the vibration is present, particularly more noticeable at higher speeds. What do you think could be causing this. I am in Australia and the car is a 2010 Hyundai i20.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gary, and sorry for the late response.

      It's possible it could be from the axles, but the vibration got worse after the tire change so I'm betting the mechanic who balanced the tires was not paying attention when balancing the tires. I recommend bringing it back and take the tech for a ride to point out the vibration. Keep me posted on what happens when you have time, thanks.

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      Gary 22 months ago

      Just had a new transmission and drive axles put in my 2003 Honda Pilot. Driving home from repair shop the steering wheel vibrated at 55mph. Bought new Michelin tires and now steering wheel vibrates at 45 mph. Steering wheel never vibrated before repairs. Does this sound like a problem with the new drive axles? Before taking it back to the repair shop (a Honda dealership) would like your opinion.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      I have never heard of that before. It sounds like you have extremely high pressure in the system. Are all the lines routed and connected to the right ports? It sounds like you have a line connected to the wrong port, so checking the routing would be my first step. Hope this helps John, Keep me posted, thanks.

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      John 22 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I just replaced the power steering rack on my 1996 Ford Explorer. However, the steering wheel is now jerking back and forth by itself. So, I checked for leaks. The new power steering rack was shooting fluid out of the top of the pinion shaft. So went and exchanged new rack for another one. I put the second rack on and had the same result - the steering wheel is jerking back and forth on its own. Now this rack is shooting fluid out of boot.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      Once you alter the suspension of a vehicle it's very difficult to get it to ride normal again. One thing you can check, if you have after market rims, they may have centering rings, check to see if the right side is missing. Let me know what you find Chris, thanks.

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      Chris 22 months ago

      I have a 1998 Honda accord and I just lowered it with ebay coilovers springs and some sen sen shocks, everytime I get on the highway to speed up about 40mph only my right wheel starts to shake feels like wheel is loose but is not, once I start to speed up to about 60 starts to calm down a little bit. can someone help me?

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      Eddie Carrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

      Shocks don't usually cause vibrations, but a worn or blown shock could amplify a vibration form a out of balance tire or bent rim. I recommend having the rear tires balanced first and have the mechanic check the shocks while the wheels are off . Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Victoria Pittman 24 months ago

      Hey Eddie I have a 2011 Nissan Rogue with 68,000 miles. Mild shimmy at 40 mph and awful shimmy between 60-80 mph. Rims look good, New tires on front. Normal wear pattern on rear tires. Seems to emanate from the rear right. I'm thinking shock???

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi SVT,

      What condition are the tires in?

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      SVT 2 years ago

      Hi,

      My car is Hyundai i10 and could someone kindly advice why my car vibrates at lower speeds especially @ 40 - 45 KMPH. The car becomes as smooth as it is a new car after 45 KMPH and @ higher speeds. The car cam with KUMHO tires and has made 30K KMs, Could you the tires be the main reason?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dani,

      Yes, if the tire pressure is getting low but not flat it could cause a vibration.

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      dani 2 years ago

      I have a nail in my front tire but tire is not flat will this cause steering wheel vibration?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kavin,

      The only problem is there is no way to tell if it will make a difference unless you try it. You have a 50/50 shot because it could go either way. Let me know what you decide to do Kavin, thanks, and good luck.

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      Kavin 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I have had the wheels unbent and re-balanced, but it seems one tire has a "wobble" likely due to the tire. The tire shop told me it should not be enough to be a noticeable vibration. Nevertheless, the problem is still there. Unfortunately my typical cruising speed is right in that 70-90 range so it is a very annoying issue. I am thinking about changing the tires to see if that helps but I would feel silly spending the money if it doesn't help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kavin,

      Vibrations are very unpredictable and are very difficult to fix at varying speeds because of the harmonics of the vehicle. You could have a totally vibration free ride between 40-75 mph, then above 75 mph, the harmonics go out of sync with the wheels and a vibration occurs. I wouldn't spend too much money on the vibration if it's acceptable at your average speed you drive at. Tires are the main cause of vibrations, but it sounds like you have done everything you can so far to balance and forcematch the wheels and tires.

      I know your mechanic says your rims are bent, but stop and ask yourself, "how did the wheels get bent?" If you have a slight vibration at 70-75, drive at 80 or 65, I know it's not what you want to hear, but to try and fix a vibration over 75 mph is going to be tough and expensive, because nobody want to drive that fast to test drive the vehicle.

      Sorry man, but harmonics are a science, and it's very difficult to find a scientific mechanic :) Keep me posted on what you find if you decide to pursue it, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Kavin 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie,

      You seem very knowledgeable about vibration issues so I hope you can give me some advice!

      I've got a 2011 Audi S5 Convertible, and it vibrates at high speeds.

      (sounds like an AA meeting!)

      I've had a car with unbalanced tires, and I've had a car with bubbles in the side wall of tires, but neither had this kind of vibration.

      It tracks totally straight, in fact today I tested how long it would track straight before veering to the side and it was well over 15 seconds @ 25-30mph before I put my hands back on the wheel. Totally true.

      However, at 70-75 the vibration starts and only goes away when I close in on 100...only on private roads of course!

      I will admit the vibration is more mild than unbalanced tires, but still very annoying. I brought it to the dealer and they told me they told me my tires were fine, did a road force balance, and told me everything was fine. Only after I took the car home did I look at the mechanic notes and he indicated that both my front rims were slightly bent and that he "balanced them out." I am hoping this is the issue and already have an appointment to get those taken care of.

      I am not sure what other information to give you since I know it is impossible for you to diagnose this over the internet, but I was hoping you might give me a few more things to consider. It is hard to have the dealer keep looking at it because I am out of warranty and they charge over $100 for inspections. Like I said, the vibration is also mild, so I am afraid being able to feel it might be down to if the mechanic is sensitive to it. I also don't know if they are allowed to drive the car at 85 but I beg them to do it every time!

      Thanks, I look forward to hearing back from you!

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      Mani 2 years ago from India

      Proper wheel Alignment and air reduces it.The computerized wheel alignment is better for our vehicles. Nitrogen filling in tyres is best for long term journey,it reduces more vibration totally,and very few times need to refill it,depends on the way and kilometers.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Barbara,

      I can tell you from experience, that is your problem, the oil is fouling out your plugs and causing the misfire codes. The remedy? New piston rings or an recycled engine from a salvage yard :( Let me know what you decide to do Barbara, and sorry for the bad news.

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      Barbara 2 years ago

      Yes it burns oil. I have added 2 qt in two months.... Eek

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Barbara, does your engine use or burn oil?

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      Barbara 2 years ago

      No it does not.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Barbara,

      Do you have an eco mode on this engine? (Cylinder Management System) Does you engine cut out cylinders to save on gas?

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      Barbara 2 years ago

      Hi eddie,

      The codes found are P0301, P 0303, P0306, P0300. Misfires on cylinder 6, 1, and 3. They swapped ignition coils and spark plugs to see if misfire would follow and they didn't. Verified injectors were firing. They said you could replace spark plugs and do air induction service but the guy that was looking at it said it would really just be a bandaid.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Andrea,

      The best way to fix this problem is to find a mechanic who will take a ride with you so you can point to the vibration, that way they can't say there is nothing wrong. A lot of techs do not like to chase vibrations because it's time consuming and it doesn't pay well. I recommend taking it to a tire store, they may have the best equipment to fix it, plus they usually pay there techs hourly not flat rate, so the tech can spend more time on trying to fix the vibration without loosing money on their paycheck. Let me know how you make out, thanks Andrea :)

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      Andrea 2 years ago

      Hi, my 2009 mazda 5 vibrates mildly at about 110km/hr on the all season tires which are a couple years old. I just had winter tires put on (used, but lots of good tread) and had them balanced and the vibration starting at the same speed feels worse! It's not terrible but it makes me nervous since I had a tire blowout on the highway with a different vehicle with this same symptom. I had taken that t one to the mechanic several times and was told that there was nothing wrong. Not sure where to go from here...

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Barbara,

      The VTM-4 light is on because the check engine light is on, that just what happens. What is the code? I don't think your engine is gone, it doesn't work that way. If you engine was running good one day and crappy the next, you have a bad sensor or something, not a junk engine. Let me know what the check engine light code is, thanks.

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      Barbara 2 years ago

      Well bad news... I took car to shop bc all of a sudden it started having a check engine and the vtm-4 light come on, also started chugging. I guess motor is goin out at 175k. Not maintained again all. A nightmare. It had no issues. When I bought it of course, but 2000 miles later. Oh and also the rack and pinion issue was not that at all. Just a line. Seems like I got scammed. Totall loss. UGH

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Barbara,

      So the diff fluid may not be too bad, but at least start with the transmission fluid and see if the shift quality gets any better :)

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      Barbara 2 years ago

      Thanks eddie for your response! I don't think it shudders while turning in parking lots, and no check engine light is not on. I will def replace the fluids and keep you posted. Thank you very much.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Martina and JD, it almost sounds like you guys are related. Sorry I didn't see your posts. The most likely cause would have been dirt stuffed in the rim causing the wheel to be off balance, but I'm sure you both have figured it out by now. Sorry again for missing your post.

      Hi Barbara,

      It sounds like you have a few different problems, but I don't think it has anything to do with the rack leaking. The shutter on deceleration may be caused by the rear diff fluid being dirty, I know it sounds crazy but it's true. Does the vehicle shutter on sharp turns in a parking lot?

      The delay in shift times may be caused again by dirty transmission fluid or a faulty shift valve (is the check engine light on?) Dirty transmission fluid can cause all kinds of shift quality problems. so if the fluid is dirty, replace it first before you do anything else, same with the diff fluid. Let me know if this helps Barbara, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here :)

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      Barbara 2 years ago

      Hi eddie,

      I recently bought a 03 acura mdx... It has a power steering leak that is caused by the rack and pinion. It's what the dealer said and yea I still bought it. Tht situation is goin to be taken care of , the problem is that when I accelerate it feels like it takes too long to shift and also it shudders when I decelerate. Could it be from the R&P ? Or could it be transmission problems? Thanks.

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      JD 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie my wife recently fell into a ditch not that deep of a ditch was able to pull it out. But now once I hit 55 my steering wheel shakes like crazy.. What do you think? Btw I have a 2008 Honda Accord

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      Martina 2 years ago

      Hello,

      Yesterday I had an incident where I had to pull off to the side of the road but I was going too fast and I couldn't see from the rain when I was trying to get over and ended up putting my car in a small ditch :(. We managed to get the vehicle out with no incident and drove it at speeds around 55mph for about 50 miles and then later when it was time to go home, we attempted speeds of 70mph on the interstate. During the entire drive home we used speeds of 70mph, 65, and 60 for about 53 miles and the steering wheel shook aggressively the entire time-to the point that when I got out of the car and went into my home, my hands were still throbbing from holding onto the wheel. This problem did not exist in my car until I put it into the ditch, and I am not very educated about cars. I would be interested in knowing some possible causes of the issue and price quotes so I can take it into a shop and not have to worry about them trying to focus on fixing the wrong things or overcharging me. I am on a limited budget right now as I have just bought the car and drive long distances on a weekly basis and need my car to be in working order. I have a 2002 Ford Focus.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dan,

      Have you checked the lug nut again? Maybe they have loosened up because the the studs were not seated correctly. I would check that first and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Daniel 2 years ago

      I need help I've got an 03 dodge caravan I'm buying from buddy ...he said the wheel studs broke cause of only having three on driver side he got new studs but after putting it back together there is a very bad shake in steering wheel vibrating bad what could this be

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Charles,

      Are you sure that's all the mechanic did? Did the mechanic need to remove anything to replace the motor mount?

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      Charles R. 2 years ago

      just had my motor mounts replaced on my 2002 mitsubishi lancer es and now my car has lost some acceleration and makes a strange noise when accelerating from being stopped. What could be wrong?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Uomo, it was worth a shot, and now you know for sure :) I'll wait to hear how you make out with the Bilstein Shocks, thanks for all your updates.

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      Uomo 2 years ago

      Good point about the tires they're only a third worn, I roated the wheels front to back ....still no dice

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      Uomo 2 years ago

      Hello Eddy, OK, I will work on the process of elimination.

      Done my homework! Xreas looks like a bad joke for owners but an extraordinary cash cow for Toyota dealerships. I was going to blow $250 to replace one soft Xreas shock on the "cheap". Be aware owners... I read about central dampeners which could be defective in providing a gas charge to the system. I saw fluid seeping from a section of the Xreas plumbing along the side rail. A rear Xreas shock has dark substance on it.

      Conclusion, I will put in 4 new Bilstein shocks which can raise the 2003 4Runner 2 inches taller to the height of my 92 4Runner. They sure don't make 4Runners like they used to.

      I'll for sure let you know if this solves the problem.

      Thanks again, Uomo.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Uomo,

      If the parts store has a listing for Monroe, they should fit with no problems, but if you can afford the Xreas, I think sticking with them would be the best solution, then there's no questions about if they will fit, and you already know you like the ride they provide, so it's kinda a no brainer if you can afford them.

      I don't think rebuilding the steering rack will help your problem, I recommend fixing the problem you know of first, if you still feel like there is a problem, move on to the next probable cause. You have to address this issue one step at a time (process of elimination) in order to fix it.

      What condition are your tires in?

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      Uomo 2 years ago

      Hello Eddy, Here's the thing, she holds road perfectly on a smooth road, no knocking or vibration, no pulling to either side.

      Driving straight over bumps I sense vibration in the steering wheel but seemingly not in the body or tire wheel.

      Bigger bumps bigger vibration, kind of a nudging left right, jerking or shimmy feeling in the steering wheel. No pulling to either side. The car keeps going straight without any audible knocking sounds. I don't even seem to feel the body of the car shimmying, seems to be felt more in the steering wheel.

      Another thing, I've gotten to like the "no-sway around corners" Xreas. Someone said they replaced a single Xreas (under $200 aftermarket).

      Alternatively, Monroe has a 1 free special now but monroe.com can't tell me for sure if they have a fit for sure. Forum people say Bilstein's are the one's to get.

      At around $500 installed I'm still thinking about it.

      Plus, I've experienced driving with worn shocks, "smooth" bouncing around, not this jerky/shimmy effect I now can feel on the steering wheel.

      Eddy, could it be my rack & pinion? If so would changing bushings or rebuild be the better option? Or, any other suggestions?

      I'm long past whit's end but still looking forward, thanks again.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Uomo,

      Sorry, I didn't see your post. Shocks that bounce are very dangerous because the tires will not keep traction to the road, especially in a curve with small consecutive bumps. I don't know anything about the strut system in your 4 Runner, but if you can block off the system and just replace the two front struts, go for it! I recommend fixing the struts first before you spend the money on an alignment or balance. Let me know how you make out Uomo and I'll keep an eye out for your post.

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      LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      I had that problem with my Balibu. I bought the car to Kost and told them that I thought the alignment was out and told them what the car was doing. so they did the alignment and shortly afterward it did the same thing and it was pulling to the right. Bought it back to Kost and they adjusted the alignment. It seemed fine for a few days and started doing it again. I took the car in to Sears for an oil change, tire rotation and balance. I had the tires rotated andbalanced at Kost previously and should have found the problem. My outer tie rod ends had play in them. The inner tie rods were fine-I had them replaced the year before. My mechanic checked and confirmed the diagnosis and put new tie rods on. No more shaking or pulling to the right.

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      Uomo 2 years ago

      Hi Eddy,

      I appreciate your response, here's an update....

      A garage I trust took her for a short spin, put her on a lift and had his mechanic check the wheels for play and visually inspect the suspension. They confirmed suspension looked solid but they found my front right Xrea shock was too soft and suggested I put 2 new front shocks and do an alignment.

      Do you think a Toyota 4Runner with a moderately bouncy Xrea front shock cause this problem? The Xrea system is diagonally cross linked so I may be looking at changing all 4 and due to the cost I'd have to gut the system and put 4 regular shocks.

      Can I have the fluid system blocked and only the weak shock replaced with a Monroe?

      Or, are we barking up the wrong tree? I had cars with shocks that bounced like crazy and never had this shaking in the steering wheel when going over bumps. With this new info do you suggest doing just the alignment and/or balancing?

      Just to clarify I don't have "a knocking noise" the only symptom is feeling my steering wheel jitter back and forth over bumps especially going through a curve with bumps, a loss of control type feeling. The faster the speed, the more the shake in the steering wheel.

      Thank you again, I would very much appreciate knowing what you think,

      Uomo

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Matt, any time you need a little automotive advice, you know where to find me. If you want to help me out, share this article, I would really appreciate it, thanks Matt :)

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      Matt 2 years ago

      Hi Eddy,

      I'm back with news on the Camry. I did what you said with trying to shake the wheel and did not feel any play. The car apparently had lifetime wheel balancing that had been bought from Walmart. Had them rebalance the wheels for free just in case. This guy must have done it right because that's all it took! Everything is fine now. Still, it was good to have the car up in the air in my driveway to check CV boots and such. Thanks again for the help and the prompt response.

      Matt

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Uomo,

      Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate knowing how much my answers help ;)

      The knocking noise could be coming from sway bar bushings or links. As the vehicle gets older, the bushings dry, crack, shrink and wear out (get squashed) this will cause a gap between the bushings and sway bar. As you drive over small bumps in the road, you'll hear a knock type noise in the suspension or floors, and if the links are worn, the vehicle will feel unstable in corners.

      Another thing to have checked is the vehicles alignment, if the alignment is out, this will also cause a unstable felling while taking corners or driving through curves, no knocking noise tho. So check out these things first, and let me know what you find, and just remember, you may have more than one issue here, thanks Uomo.

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      Uomo 2 years ago

      Greetings Eddie,

      My 2003 Toyota 4Runner is driving me nuts, I need your help.

      At any speed, going over small and large bumps I feel reverberation, more like a knock rather than a shake in the steering wheel but not in the body.

      Going through a curve in the road it feels like the SUV wants to drift or skitter sideways and not hold the road.

      Otherwise on a smooth road the ride is good at all speeds, no shimmy no noises.

      She doesn't seem to bounce excessively up and down. If I push down on the bumper the shocks seem to be ok, I have that Toyota Xreas shock system. Tires seem good.

      Your answers are excellent and I anxiously await....thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it. First I would start by getting the two front wheels off the ground, grab each wheel at 9-3 o'clock with your hands, try moving the wheel (as if you were trying to remove the wheel) side to side, then grab it at 12-6 o'clock and do the same, feel any play in the wheels or suspension? Let me know, thanks Matt.

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      Matt 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2004 Camry that has a small but pretty noticeable shake at highway speeds (55-75). I had the wheels balanced and that did not help. Then I rotated the tires to see if the symptoms changed and they did not. Today I took the wheels off and looked at control arm bushings and outer tie rod ends (inners are hard to inspect under boots) just in case and nothing was obvious. Where should I go from here?

      Awesome article by the way, very comprehensive and full of great information!

      Thanks,

      Matt

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      That won't fix the problem and it's a waste of time, not that you haven't wasted enough time already. I would simply ask them for 4 Michelin tires, they're reaching for anything right now and resurfacing rotors doesn't cost them anything but the mechanics time. Keep me posted Dave, thanks.

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      Dave 2 years ago

      the dealer is now telling me that all 4 rotors need to be cut, this might help get them trued I have no pulse in the brake peddle when applying the brakes and it is going to take 4 hours to do this????????????

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sure Dave, no problem :)

      Sometimes you have to push the dealer to contact the rep, if they don't contact the rep, just call Honda CR and they will give you a case #. Tires sometimes will vibrate only at certain speeds, once above or below that speed the vibration subsides. It's very possible you have a bad tire or two still.

      Did you have all 4 rims and tires changed? Were they swapped from another car on the lot or were they brand new? Are all the new wheels and tires still on the vehicle? Just so you know, alignment doesn't stop vibrations, just steering pull and tire wear.

      The best way to resolve this is to test drive it with the tech, service manager, and Honda rep, just to be sure the vibration is resolved, ask if you can have 4 Michelin tires put on to replace the tires you have now. If your Honda dealer cannot fix the issue, I would contact Honda direct to get it resolved asap, otherwise you'll get swept under the carpet and forgotten about.

      You have a 2014 Accord, it should not be vibrating at all. Let me know how you make out Dave, and don't hesitate to ask more questions :)

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      Dave 2 years ago

      This car has been to 3 different Honda dealerships and goodyear Canada every time the tire were balanced and every time they were out of balance. the car has had a tires changed rims changed aliment has been done. But the funny thing is that the car only shakes on the highway at 90 kph and over. If I take the car up to those speeds on a country road it won't do it or if it does it no way as bad. does this seem possible????

      Thank you for the time Eddie

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      Most likely you have a bad tire or two. I would contact your local Honda dealer and make an appointment with your dealerships Honda rep. Have the rep go for a ride with you so you can point out the vibration, most likely the rep will put on a tire or two. Let me know if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what transpires with the rep, thanks Dave.

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      Dave 2 years ago

      I have a 2014 honda accord that shakes on the highway and when the tires are cold (first thing in the morning) Tires have been balanced 5-6 times and every time they were out of balance car still shakes getting frustrated that this has benign going on ever since new, (00005 KMS) Would like to hear your input

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Stanley, glad you figured it out, I need to check out the video, it sounds interesting. Thanks for the update, I really appreciate it.

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      stanleyhudson 2 years ago

      Thanks for the reply, Eddie. I left out one obvious thing that totally fixed the vibration and the car now drives like a rock on the highway... new front brake pads and rotors! You are right about the oil, though. The "fix" is to drill extra drain holes in the piston heads and install new rings. Sounds simple, there's a video on it, and it really works, but I don't think I'm up to rebuilding an engine in my spare time. Take care.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stanley,

      I would have to say that the vibration could be caused by a defective tire or bent rim like your BMW. I don't think the vibration is coming from any of the parts you mentioned unless they are extremely worn and loose. Even CV joints won't cause a vibration very often unless it's an inner joint and there is a significant amount of play.

      If your sons car is an oil burner, there's not much life left to the engine, I recommend you cut the tube on the siphon and let him live with the vibration.

      Do the rims have centering rings or are they factory rims? If you have centering rings, stop trying to fix the vibration, that's your problem lol. Let me know Stanley, thanks.

      Hi Spireguy,

      Your absolutely right, have the balance checked again. Sometimes wheels can throw weights over time and become imbalanced again. Have the wheels balanced (do not align the car for a vibration) and let me know how it feels after, thanks Spireguy.

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      stanleyhudson 2 years ago

      Hey OP, could the wheel vibration be caused by CVs and/or wheel bearings that need replacing (to add to the list of control arms, struts and rack/pinion)?

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      stanleyhudson 2 years ago

      Bent rims are what created intermittent vibration in my bmw depending on the highway speed. The rims look great so the damage from pothole can be subtle.

      For my issue, the only things left to replace, I guess, are control arms, struts and rack. Not cheap so now I'm wondering if my son should just accept the vibration as a fact of life for his oil burner until it kicks the bucket.

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      Spireguy18 2 years ago

      What about a vibration that cycles every 10 seconds above 60mph then goes smooth? My tires are one year old. They were balanced about 9 months ago. I did have a bent rim a year ago but I fixed it and got all brand new tires. I was thinking alignment but not after reading this page! May need to just check the balance again?

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      stanleyhudson 2 years ago

      For my son's '99 Corolla, I bought new HK Optima tires, changed inner/outer tie rods, front/rear sway bars, front ball joints and had a four wheel alignment/balancing/rotation done at the Toyota dealer in an attempt to correct a steering wheel vibration occurring at highway speeds. He said the suspension replacements reduced the vibration but the dealer alignment did not (he did drive it a few days on an eyeball alignment by a local mechanic that tightened the linkages of our DIY). Could the car vibration be from the control arms, struts or rack and pinion? Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi JR,

      I would start by changing your very bald tires, if you have steel belts showing, this is probably where most of your issues are coming from. The CV joint could be a problem, but I don't think so. Let me know how it rides with new sneakers, thanks.

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      JRhall 2 years ago

      Howdy. I have an issue with my 89 4runner and hope you can shed some light on it. Okay, to start, I just bought this thing about a week ago so I have no previous knowledge of how it drove. This is my problem; The steering wheel shakes when I go over 50 mph which I have put down to my very bald tires being out of balance, but today, it did something different. It shook a bit, then a rhythmic thumping could be felt in the front driver's side as well as the shaking. As soon as I slowed down to 45mph, it stopped. I do, at the moment, have a torn CV boot on that side. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

      Thank you :) I don't think a balance will cure your vibration, you may want to have the motor mounts checked though :)

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      Victoria 2 years ago

      Hello Eddie!:)

      This article was VERY helpful! I wanted to ask a quick question. If I don't let my car sit for a minute or two after starting it, it vibrates. For example, it vibrates when I reverse and while I stop and put it into Drive. I am going to put my tires into balance though:)

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      caiyunhan@hotmail.com 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie, Thanks for your reply, I hope this could help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Yes, when engine belts are loose, they can make a loud squealing noise. You may want to have the engine belt tension check too before you do damage the the belts.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rose,

      It's sounds like you may have a frozen caliper. The brake vibration is caused by the rotors over heating because the caliper is sticking, and the pulling when braking could be cause by a caliper not working properly. I would have the calipers checked out so you can prove to the courts that it was mechanical error not a drivers error. Let me know if this helps Rose, thanks.

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      hong ding 2 years ago

      hi Eddie I had car accident on last month, i was driving on highway, as I changed lane from lane three (hight speed) to lane 2, I find lane 2 getting very slow , so I applied break, then my steering shake/vibration very badly, it pulling my cat to lane 3 direction(right, so I try hard to keep it straight, however, it then pulled my car to the left and out of highway and hit the light pole. I believe that is mechanical fault , but 2 days ago I got litter from court, ask me attending court as criminal driving careless. Can you please give some advice to prove what mechanical fault can causing steering vibration/swing? my email is caiyunhan@hotmail.com, please replay to me as soon as possible. I need talk to the court to prove that is not my driving problem. thanks lots!!!!!

      regard

      Rose (Hong Ding)

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rosie,

      The possibilities are endless after an accident. Most likely the fender well liner is loose and is causing the noise, or do you think the noise is a mechanical noise?

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      Rosie M 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie I have a 2013 Toyota Corrola. Had frontend collision Dec.2013, I feel something flap my foot under excellerator, repair shop and dealer say can't duplicate.car vibrates, can't find a reason for that eighter.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      Struts don't usually go bad over night. Is it possible? Yes! But very unlikely. Struts can make a rattle noise, but they would have to be blow out completely. I think your mechanic is guessing at the rattle noise, you need an honest second or third opinion before you go spending more money. If you replace the struts, you'll most likely have to do another alignment. Let me know what you decide to do Melissa, wish I could help you more :(

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      Melissa 3 years ago

      Well I went ahead and had the tie rod replaced yesterday and the alignment done. 90% improvement but then they told me now struts are bad because they're leaking fluid. I said why wasn't this told to me the day before when you said the tie rod was bad. They said the struts weren't leaking then so it's like they busted that evening or the next morning or overnight. The leaking strut is on the same side as the shaking. I still hear and feel the loose rattling sound when riding over rough pavement. So is it possible the struts weren't leaking one day then leaking the next? If so, then could the "going bad" strut been waht has been making the losse rattling sound the whole time? Thanks for your help.

      Melissa

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      Ball joints and tie rods don't usually have symptoms, they need to be checked by someone who knows the suspension. The vibration is most likely cause by a tire balance or a damaged tire/rim. If you do have worn suspension ball joints and tie rods, it will enhance the vibration because the joints are not tight and have some play. With the steering wheel being off that much, I do think that you have an alignment issue, but it's not what is causing the vibration. Let me know if you have any other questions Melissa, thanks.

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      Melissa Davis13 3 years ago

      Bad lower ball joint or bad tie rod end...

      I have been reading some of your Q & A and they are full of great information and tips so I thought I'd run this question by you. I have a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country and the front passenger sides shakes a lot while driving faster that 55 and if I go over a pothole or manhole cover. It sounds and feels like the hole wheel is going to fly off. Very scary feeling. One shop told me I need an alignment (the steering wheel is at like 10:00) but before the alignment can be done, the lower ball joint is bad and needs to be replaced. I took it somewhere else today and they said the alignment needs to be done but before that, the tie rod end is bad and needs to be replaced and the the ball joint is fine. Another place told me about a month ago, that it was the bolt that hooks the control arm on and that the bolt is bent and needs to be fixed by a shop that works on the frame. Are there certain symptoms that a bad ball joint would do that are different than a bad tie rod end? Thanks for any help you can give me.

      Melissa

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sentra,

      Sorry, I didn't see your post :( Did you ever have the other three tires balanced? If not, have the remaining three balanced and see if it helps. Alignment has nothing to do with vibrations, alignment only cures pulling and tire wear. Let me know what happens, thanks.

      Hi Brett

      If your driving on dirt roads, the most likely cause is mud and rocks collecting on the inside of the rims. The cure could be as simple as rinsing out the rims and removing any debris. Let me know what you find Brett, thanks.

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      brett 3 years ago

      Hi i have an 07 ion when im driving 50k steering wheel shakes pretty bad havnt tested it at higher speeds seems to be getting worse i take a gravel road to work feels like its comming from right front tire

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      Sentra 3 years ago

      ^^^

      Ran into a curb, I meant. Front left tire bounced off

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      Sentra 3 years ago

      Question for a 2009 sentra Fe.

      Hi, I ran into a trying to avoid an accident at a high speed of maybe 30mph, my front left tire hitting the far curb and bouncing off. The only point of contact seemed that tire and it hit so hard the tire ruined and the rim bent not allowing the wheel to turn.

      I got the tire and rim replaced and got it aligned at two places, the first at a tire shop and the second at a dealer. The second time because there was shaking at around 60 mph of the steering wheel and pulling to the left. So I took it to the nissan dealer and had them run a full diagnosis on the drive-ability and check each part of the wheel area because I feared that control arm, rack/pin or the tie rods may be damaged. However, everything checked out they assured me everything was fine and did a four wheel alignment on the car. The car steering wheel still shakes at 65 mph but less than after the first alignment with the tire shop.

      Some context: the new tire sits on the back wheel after the replacement and the old back tire is a the front. The 3 older tires have a tread of 6/32 and are actually due or a change mileage wise as I'm 66,000 miles in and these are the stock tires. There aren't really any noises but i am wondering what to try.. The transmission is shifting just fine a well. After reading this blog, I am wondering if balancing might do the trick?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Calderon ,

      If the vehicle is shaking that bad, it should be very easy to figure out. If you have read everything on this page, you must have check the rear tires for bald spots (the most common cause of really bad vibrations). I recommend paying one hour to have a mechanic check out the vehicle and advise you on what it will need to be road worthy, it will be money well spent. Like I said, if the vibration is that bad, it should be very obvious and easy to find. Let me know what you decide to do Calderon, and if you figure it out, I would love to know what is causing the vibration, maybe I can add it to my list of things to check :) Thanks.

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      Calderon 3 years ago

      Hi, I have read all your comments here for the last 2.5 hours! Sadly, I don't see anything similar to my problem.

      My husbands friend sold him a 2001 ford focus for $500. He told him that it shakes REALLY bad, but it's only the rear wheel barring and shouldn't be expensive to fix. Well my husband, who believes everyone is honest (which I love in MOST cases lol) bought it before pricing it.

      Everything I have read on your other posts on wheel barring do not describe what the car does. There is no noise, it just shakes SO BAD we had to have it towed to our home over a hour away. It feels like it is going to fall apart from the moment you put it in drive! (Houston is a really big - busy place with only highways to get to our house from his)

      My husband and I do not know if it is better to just have a junkyard pick it up or if there is a simple explanation. We have a mechanic shop on every corner so I figured I would do some research first..

      If it cost under $400 it still wouldn't be a bad little car for our nanny to take the kids 2 streets over to school.

      Thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      How did you make out Linda, keep me posted :)

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      Linda 3 years ago

      Thanks Eddie!

      I dropped my car off at my trusty mechanic this morning, and told him your advice. We'll see what he finds.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Linda,

      For the thumping noise I would have a look at the inner CV joints, what you described sounds very similar to a worn inner CV joint. I would check the transmission fluid level if the trans is not shifting right after replacing the hubs, and check for trans fluid leaks, your step dad may have inadvertently caused an axle seal to leak. Let me know what you find Linda, and don't do the alignment or struts, I don't believe it will fix you problem.

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      Linda 3 years ago

      Eddie,

      I have a couple of issues that may be linked.

      On my 2004 Chevy Cavalier LS, I noticed very recently that a vibration developed in what feels like my driver's side front tire, while I am between 30-35 mph. It is worse on deceleration than on acceleration. and it feels more like a thump even though you cannot hear an audible "thump", just a low "warped" sound. I took it too the place that I bought my tires to have them checked, and they told me I needed several things. The first was to replace my wheel hub assemblies, as one was supposedly damaged. My stepfather, having experience at this, replaced them for me. This did not fix the issue. I also had my tires balanced. It did not fix the issue. Now all that is left of their list is having an alignment and changing the struts, neither of which I can afford immediately. So I am trying to find out if either of these will really fix my problem before I shell out more money. I'm also trying to gauge if it is safe to drive like this as I will be going out of town next month and have to use my car for the 5 hour round trip.

      I have also noticed that since we changed the wheel hubs it feels like my automatic transaxle is slipping, and not at the same gears, and only in the morning. One day it is between first and second. Today it was in a higher gear while I was on the freeway. On this car I have a sealed transaxle, so it really isn't making sense that it would all of a sudden just start doing this. Especially since we didn't mess with that end of the axle at all. And I have had the transmission serviced at regular intervals.

      Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ana,

      Thank you very much, I appreciate the feedback. I know automotive can be a bit boring to write about, but it sure comes in handy when you have questions, lol . If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me :)

      Hi Daniel,

      Give me a little more detail on the bump in the front like when ? Do you feel it? Do you hear it? Etc...

      And the rear brakes are locking up, are they drum or disc brakes? Thanks Daniel.

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      daniel 3 years ago

      Hey Eddie my grandpa's 94 bonniville has abump in the front end, he has replace the axle and ballenced the tires but the bump is still there, and also the rear brake want to try to lock up from time to time, can ya please hep

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      Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

      Thank you Mr. Eddiecarrar for an excellent hub with good information about the steering wheel vibration car shakes problems. You did a good job on your article.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ahsley, most likely it's the rotor backing plate that is bent and it is hitting the rotor when turning. Have someone reach behind the wheel and bend it out of the way or bring it into the shop and have someone check it. Let me know what you find, or if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Ashley CM 3 years ago

      Hi I have a Chevrolet cavalier 1997 and just the other day I hit a curb about 55-60 mph about 6 in. Or more tall and when I did this it caused my front left tire to blow out. I put the spare donut on & drove very slow 2 discount tires to get a new tire. There was no weird noises during the drive. But after when I got my actual brand new tire on I relized that my steering wheel is off a lil where just I halfto make it straight I halfto turn it a lil but more to the right to drive straight but the big problem is when I take any left turns there is this LOUD scratching sound that I here coming from the front left tire area. So I pulled over & checked it out and relized that also where the tire is the plastic around it is cracked up real good from when I hit the curb. So my question is what could be causing that LOUD scratching noise everytime I take a left turn. And also when I hit the curb I dented the rim in but I had that replaced along with the new tire I got.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bob,

      Usually alignment causes the tires to squeal around corners, did they do an alignment? I would bring it to a reputable garage and get a second opinion, if the new mechanic fixes the problems, bring the bill back to the first guy and work out some kind of deal where you're both satisfied with the outcome.

      Hi Sam,

      I would start by checking the tire pressures, if they are very low, it will make the vehicle feel very unstable. If the pressures are OK, check all you tires for good tread depth. If all the tires look good, take it in to have an alignment check. Check these three things and get back to be with what you find, OK? thanks Sam.

      Hi Luis,

      Your shake is probably gone, now that the temperatures have risen up here in the Northeast :) Hi Neighbor, lol. You probably had snow in your rims. Let me know if you're still having the problem, thanks.

      Hi Helen,

      If the vibrations subsided after the wheels were balanced, most likely the wheel weights fell off and the vibrations is back. I would take it back to the garage and tell them exactly what you told me, hopefully they step to the plate and check their workmanship for free. Let me know what happens Helen, thanks.

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      Helen 3 years ago

      I bought a 2001 Acura and while driving it has a vibration that bout bounces you off the road. Iv had tired checked and they put weights on tired but it stopped for a little while but has started back again what would be causing this problem?

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      Luis 3 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I live in Mass and we just had a few inches fall yesterday. My 2000 accord was stuck this morning. As I was shifting from drive to reverse I noticed my car would shake when I hit the gas. Both wheels were on ice but I noticed it was coming from the right wheel. I was able to get the car out, and a few minutes later I got on the high way and when I went over 60 mph the car was shacking bad, including my steering wheel.. Any ideas?

      Thanks

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      Sam 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I just bought a 2009 Honda Civic. It has a rebuilt status and all seems good except that when I am driving at high speed, over 80 km/hr, the car will uncontrollably sway from side to side even with the smallest jerk or sway of the steering wheel. On the highway, or at high velocity, I have to take the curves nice and easy and well calculated otherwise the swaying is over exaggerated. I don't feel safe and it feels like the car can easily flip or I can loose control. Any suggestions? I feel the last owner was not honest with me. Unfortunately, I did not take the car out into the highway prior to me buying it.

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      Bob 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Just updating you on my previous posts (wobble at highway speeds, brought in twice, still doesn't seem fixed...). I still notice that is wobbles and this is after bringing in to the same guys two times (1st time - wheel weights fell off, 2nd time - he said wheel weights fell off AND put on the wrong weights). Brake noise still making noise after taking it in and the 'ambient temperature' excuse.

      I also noticed that when I make a u-turn, my tires squeal at low speeds (I'm not going fast), they didn't do this before.

      What do you suggest as a recourse of action?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roger,

      If you rotate the wheels does the vibration change? You may have gotten a couple of bad tires, let me know about the rotate, thanks.

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      Roger mark 3 years ago

      Hi, Eddie. Update on my post 2 months ago. My shaky steering wheel is still there. I have tried the hub rings, different lug nuts, new axles, stock wheels, rebalanced and rotated my aftermarket wheels. There are no play in my wheel when the wheels off the ground and when I'm underneath the car, there are no loose parts. The wobble is only on accelerations from 0 to 70mph.

      The last thing I can think if trying is changing out my front shocks because I know they're bad but never associated them with shaky steering wheel. If you can help with more suggestions, then that'll be helpful. Thanks.

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      Ali Kuoppala 3 years ago from Kokkola, Finland

      Well it's the middle of the winter as we're pretty high in the norty but for some reason the snow is melting! :D

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey testosteroneguide , I may have learned something new today, so I will look into that theory. How is it over there in Finland at this time of year, I understand that your country has a very beautiful landscape :)

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      Ali Kuoppala 3 years ago from Kokkola, Finland

      Good point Eddie but id like to disagree on that, I was a firm believer of the same principle that steering alignment wouldnt cause vibration, but when it gets bad enough it seems that it does, especially when turning. But that's just an opinion of my own, and the alignment really needs to be serioud to notice.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for the input testosteroneguide , your right , the most common reason for a shake of vibration is an unbalanced wheel, and you would most definitely need a wheel balance machine to remedy the issue, but alignment would not cause a shake of vibration, it may cause the tires to wear uneven and cause flat spots or a chop pattern in the tread, but alignment itself will not cause a shake or vibration.

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      Ali Kuoppala 3 years ago from Kokkola, Finland

      As a car mechanic I'd say that there are usually 2 reasons for this, either the tries being unbalanced, which is the most common one. Or miss adjustments of the steering ( sorry if I wrote that incorrectly English is not my main language) .

      One of the common problems with these kind of faults is the fact that the rim can be damaged, either way you shouldn't guess what it is, insted go to a mechanic or if youre a real handy man with a ruler and sharp brain, you can possibly work it out yourself.

      99% of the time people who try it theirselves will fail.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bob, wheel weights can fall off if they are not installed properly, and the brake noise is a bunch of BS, (ambient temp change?) give me a break, (no pun intended) what will they think of next, lol. Let me know how it feels, thanks.

      Hey Michael, welcome back :) No your shocks will not cause a vibration, but if they are worn bad, your car will skip across the road when you hit a large bump or bridge expansion joint. Drive it for a while and enjoy the ride, and remember, it's very rare to have tires perfectly balanced, so don't tune into the vibrations too much, try to tune them out, lol . Thanks for the feedback Michael, I really appreciate it :)

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      MonkeyMichael 3 years ago

      Hey Eddie, I'm back.. Just wanted to update my stats.. So what I did was put new tires in, but cheap ones.. $73 each.. Did the alignment and balance.. Now I don't have the heavy vibration anymore.. The mechanic did say that my shocks were weak and should probably have that changed.. It's a 2002 Mercury Sable and 55,000 miles.. I didn't think it was necessary, so I passed on that.. Sometimes when I drive I feel like I am getting a small vibration in the car but I might just be paranoid.. I think some parts of the highway is bumpy, that's all.. Just paying way too much attention now.. Do you think it could be the shocks as well?.. Anyways, thanks a lot Eddie.. This is the best page and support coming from you.. Much appreciated..

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      Bob 3 years ago

      Thanks Eddie for your prompt response. I took it in today and they said the wheel weights fell off AND that they used the wrong ones to begin with. I don't understand how wheel weights fall off in a 2 week span, that seems a bit odd.

      I'll have to test drive it on the freeway to see if it is fixed so I'll let you know. They told me the brake noise is because of changes in the ambient temperature.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bob,

      I would take it back and tell them it's not fixed, and maybe road test the vehicle with the mechanic to show him/her what your talking about. You may have gotten a bad tire and the shop will put you off as long as they can, so be adamant about the repair.

      The brake noise is probably a course cut on the rotors, sometimes new rotors will make noise until the pads smooth out the rotors, but ask the mechanic about the noise while you have him/her in the vehicle on your road test. The last thing the mechanic wants to do is road test the vehicle with you, so you're almost guaranteed to get it fixed so the don't have to road test with you again, lol.

      Let me know if this help Bob, and keep me posted on the outcome, thanks.

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      Bob 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have an 06 camry that recently had 4 brand new tires put on it including an alignment and 2 new front rotors (the shop I took it to recommended I get all of them replaced so I did.

      Shortly thereafter, I noticed two things, 1) It wobbles at speeds over 50 mph & 2) Which I just noticed today, when I slow down pressing my brakes it makes like almost a humming noise but except it goes "hum.....silent...hum...silent...hum." So anyways, I already took my car in earlier about the wobble and they said it was a loose wheel weight but it still is not fixed, now I have this brake thing. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Ok Mike, you said the mechanic was going to put the tire with the fix a flat in the rear, did they do that?

      Did this problem all start when you used the fix a flat? Let me know and don't spend any money yet!

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      MonkeyMichael 3 years ago

      Ok, so the service guy called me back and told me that they couldn't find the problem.. But he did say it might be somewhere in the front passenger side.. He lifted the car up and found that the front passenger tire did bounce sometimes, a little bit.. I don't know why sometimes.. Anyways, he suggested that I should start by replacing parts until the problem was fixed.. And start with the drive shaft or axle shaft.. I couldn't hear him clearly over the phone at the time because I was busy at work when he called.. Then he told me that, if, that doesn't fix it then to replace the bearings and so forth.. But there is still no guarantee that if I replaced the whole front right side would even solve the problem.. And when a mechanic tells you to fix a component one at a time till the problem is solved, sounds like they are trying to hustle you or don't know what is really going on.. I did mention to him that my mounts to the engine might be weak because it moves up and down a lot.. But he said that it wouldn't cause the vibration problem.. Then he also suggested that I change to 4 new tires because it could be "out of round".. At this point I'm exhausted because no one could find the problem.. Is it really that hard to see if anything was bent or weak?.. What do you suggest I do?.. Get a third opinion?.. I don't want to start spending on unnecessary things that aren't causing the problem.. Thanks for everything, much appreciated..

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sounds about right Mike, let me know the outcome, thanks.

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      MonkeyMichael 3 years ago

      Thanks for the quick reply.. The repairman did tell me that it was likely the problem.. He did mention that it was hard to take it all out completely and that the liquid in the tires would eventually dry out.. He said the chemicals are like glue.. He also did a tire rotation and put that tire into the rear to see if the shaking would be better on the steering wheel.. I just bought it to the dealership today to have it checked out.. For $45..

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Mike, did you dismount the tire and remove all the fix a flat? If the fix a flat is still in the tire, that is your problem. Let me know Mike, thanks.

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      MonkeyMichael 3 years ago

      Hey! I love the article.. I have a vibration in my Mercury Sable LS 2002.. When I drive to a high speed of about 60 mph, the car begins to shake a lot, along with the steering wheel.. I had to exit the freeway and take the local streets.. It was nearly impossible to drive at that speed.. I recently got a flat tire in the front driver side.. Used a fix a flat tire can.. I then brought it back to the repairman to have it checked.. He checked the tires and everything else you mentioned on the site.. He couldn't find anything wrong and recommended me to go to the dealership.. So what do you think it could possibly be?.. And what should I do now?.. He did mention to me that the mounts to my engine might be weak because when he accelerates, the engine does move up and down quite a bit.. But it doesn't make sense to me.. He did check the tires, rim, alignment, suspension, bushing, bearing, all the major parts around the wheel area and did the balance on the tires.. Any ideas?.. The service of dealership is closed Sunday so I'll be bringing it in tomorrow.. I just hope they don't charge me anything to have it checked.. Hopefully it is something that was recalled.. Lol.. Not my luck, anyways thanks a lot.. I'll update tomorrow..

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Simon, is the vibration in the seats or is it in the steering wheel?

      Hi Okotoks, this is great information, for some reason I was thinking you had a front wheel drive escort, lol. Yes if the carrier bearing is worn and a u-joint is no good, that would cause a bad vibration, mostly in the seats, not in the steering. Putting the info for the garage in the comment is awesome, it's always good to know where to find a garage with fair prices and honest knowledgeable mechanics. Thank you for all your feedback Okotoks, I really appreciate it :)

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      Okotoks AB 3 years ago

      The vibration is gone after the steady bearing on the drive shaft was replaced as well as two Universal joints. I understand the steady bearing was completely done, and one of the universal joints was in rough shape. The other universal joint was replaced because they had it off and it did not cost much. I`m not sure why I noticed some difference after balancing and the tie-rod linkage being replaced. It could have been my imagination, or perhaps I had multiple problems at once. Thank you for your feedback. For anyone else with a 2006 Escape, mine is the V6 AWD and it had roughly 130,000 miles. Anyone in Calgary area, should check out Pat`s Driveline. Very good service, and they fixed it right the first time. Around $130 of parts, and 2 hours of labor.

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      Simon 3 years ago

      Hello Eddie, this is an incredible resource and I thank you for lending your time and expertise in helping so many others.

      I got handed down an 02 Audi awd from family who did not care for it at all. The issue I am having with it is that the car shakes and vibrates while driving at any speed but worse on badly paved roads. I can also feel every imperfection in the road throughout the car. I had the car lifted and found no play in the wheels, I replaced the tires and had them balanced and rotated a few times to no avail. I have a feeling it might be the original wheels or shocks but not entirely sure. Any insight is appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Okotoks, it sounds like you have a bad tire, I'm surprised the mechanic didn't road test it. I recommend driving it with the tech and show them how bad it is and ask them if they can fix it right this time. Keep me posted, thanks.

      Hey Vic, that's great news, I really didn't help much but I'm glad you got it fixed. Buying used or very cheap tires is never a good idea because you could spend years riding on tires that ride like junk. Thanks for the feedback Vic, I really appreciate it :)

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      Vics341 3 years ago

      We have 2 new front tires put on the car and all is good now. Shows how important good tires can be. Now to convince my brother to never by used tires and waste money. It cost $250.00 total and well worth it with weather in this area and it seems that the van isn't guzzling as much gas. Lesson hopefully learned (oh and the light no longer is on). Thank you so much for your help.

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      Okotoks AB 3 years ago

      They checked the balance on my wheels and said all were out a bit. Then they did some work on the sway bar linkage (it was rattling/squawking a bit when you drove through pot holes at low speed). At the end of the day, I spent $250 and I still have the vibration starting at 25 MPH. The work they did was going to be needed eventually, I'm just a bit frustrated I have to take my vehicle back yet again. I feel it more in the steering wheel now. Obviously they didn't take it for a test drive or they would have known it wasn't fixed. The vibration is bad enough you can hear paneling in the vehicle shaking slightly. Vibration drops off once I get much over 25 MPH, but it never goes away. Stay posted.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Just keep in mind Okotoks, most mechanics will overlook the corrosion on the hub and the back of the rim, so it's a good idea to mention it :)

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      Okotoks AB 3 years ago

      Thank you, I discussed with the tire shop that did the work and they want to check the balance again. So I think they will likely cover off everything you have suggested except perhaps bent suspension. I will post back, but it may be a few days to a week before I can get in.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Okotoks, OK, first I would check to see if the wheels are tight, a 25 mph vibration is unusual. If the wheels are tight, you may have a bent rim, so check your rims for large dents on the inside and outer bead. If that's OK, it's possible that you may have some corrosion or rust built up between the rims and hub/rotors, this would cause an uneven torque on the wheels and a wobble in the wheels. If that looks ok, you have something bent in the suspension. Let me know what you find, Okotoks, I'm very curious, thanks.

      Hi Vic, if the tire pressure light is on, you have low pressure in one of your tires, your spare tire may also have a sensor so don't forget to check the pressure in the spare tire. Check the manual on how to reset the light because every manufacturer is different. Let me know if this helps Vic, thanks.

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      Vics341 3 years ago

      My brother has a freestar van and while driving 35 mph the steering wheels shakes, he checked tire pressure and okay what is a issue is his tire light is on and he can't get it to go off. Will it be on if it just needs an alignment?

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      Okotoks AB 3 years ago

      I never mentioned the vibration to the tire shop. My tires were wore out and it didn't even cross my mind that new tires wouldn't fix it. The rims are original equipment (aluminum, 16" rims, no hub caps). Can drive components cause vibration like this? I don't notice much difference when accelerating or decelerating.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Okotoks, has the vibration changed at all? If not, you may have a bent rim of a damaged hub. My question is : Why didn't the mechanic fix the vibration? It's was abviouss that's what your concern was, so why did the mechanic let you take the car with out fixing the problem?

      Do you have aftermarket wheels on the vehicle? Do the wheels have centering rings? Are the wheels original equipment? Let me know, thanks.

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      Okotoks AB 3 years ago

      I have 2006 Ford Escape. Has vibration from 25 MPH and up. Feels like back corner of vehicle, but I'm not sure. Had an alignment done, and I put 4 new tires on it. I thought tires were causing the vibration because they were getting down on tread. I was wrong. The vibration has not changed despite the alignment and new tires. What should I check next?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Jeremy, most shaking or shuddering can be reduced or eliminated by just having the wheels balanced, and that is where I recommend most people start when they have this kind of problem. Thanks for the comment, and if you ever have any automotive questions, you know where to find me :)

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      Jeremy Floyd 3 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the good read! I have recently been experiencing some bad shaking/shuddering from my Subaru. I was really worried that I was going to fork out a large chunk of cash. From the sounds of it I might not need to! Again, thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lanosowner, it may cause a vibration if the wheel is not completely centered.

      Most tire stores should be able to order that spare tire for you and install it.

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      lanosowner 3 years ago

      I took the wheel to Tires Plus and he took a crescent wrench and bent the dent out and there was not much left and he said it would not cause any trouble based upon his experiences. The wheel is off a Mitsubishi Lancer and has a bore(center) hole of 56.1mm and my Daewoo Lanos needs a 57.1mm. At the tire shop, they trimmed the hole a bit with a grinder and it slipped on, but then it would hit the brake because of the way the wheel was shaped. I then purchased from the internet a 14 x 6, 4 x 100mm, 72mm bore hole wheel and a wheel spacer(ring) that was for a bore size of 72.62mm and my hub size is (of course) 57.1mm. The shop slipped the ring onto my hub (before snapping it into the wheel center hole) and there was a little room to wiggle the ring("play")(maybe due to the 0.62mm difference?). The wheel and tire are on now.

      My question is, does the small amount of misfit(slightly larger ring hole size to hub size) present any troubles in the short run or especially down the line? Also, the spare tire is now worn down but the spare wheel is fine, so, can I get a new tire for the spare and would that be cheaper? Where to get such a tire and who to put it on? What to do with the spare wheel?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lanosowner, sorry I didn't see your comment. If it's a small dent on a steel wheel, I wouldn't worry about it unless it causes a vibration, I don't think it will cause a vibration if it's small. If it were a long large dent, I would recommend getting a new wheel. Let me know what you decide to do Lanosowner, thanks.

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      lanosowner 3 years ago

      I bought a wheel from a junkyard and the tire will be mounted on it tomorrow. When I got home, I noticed a small dent on the wheel on the edge of the side that would be more inner(near brake; as opposed to outer side of car). Will the tire mount properly? Will it cause any later trouble like air leaking or steering issues, etc. "down the line"? Will the shop refuse to put the tire onto a wheel that is dented even though the damage is minor? How should I proceed? Should I tell the tire shop? Will the junkyard give me another of the same wheel--that has been very difficult to match for my 2001 Daewoo Lanos?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Roger, thank you :)

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      Roger mark 3 years ago

      Hi, Eddie. I did notice the vibration after I put the new wheels on but I didn't think it'll be a wheel issue because I got new tires and balanced them at America's tire company. I don't have the hub centric rings you're talking about but I will try that. I think the rings might be it. I'll let you know in a couple of weeks on the status. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roger,

      Have you had your wheel for a while or are the new? Do they have centering rings or are they factory wheels? When did this start happening, did it start all of the sudden or was the vibration gradual?

      Lowering the car doesn't cause a vibration, it's usually a tire or rim, and the most common vibration problem is wheel balance, second most common problem is after market wheels with centering rings. Let me know what you think Roger, thanks.

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      Roger mark 3 years ago

      I noticed steering wheels shakes at 40 mph and up. It gets worst at 70mph. I jack up the front two wheels off the ground and put the car in drive. Steering wheel and engine shakes but no sign of wheels being wobbly. Engine mount?? Axles??

      I took it to a mechanic and that guy says it's my suspension because my car is lowered but I have never experienced this in my 10 years of driving a lowered car. Please help, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Javier, out of balanced tires are usually the cause of high speed vibrations. What make, model, and year is your vehicle? Does it have hubcaps? could the clicking be a cv joint? of is it a different kind of clicking? Let me know Javier.

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      Javier 3 years ago

      Clicking sounds only on the drivers side.

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      Javier 3 years ago

      Hi, i was wonderig if you know what causes vibration at high speeds. Also after getting off the freeway, i start hearing like a clicking which becomes louder as i speed up.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Bill, thanks.

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      Bill 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Eddie ,I will check it out and let u know .

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bill, with any hydraulic power steering, there is a pump. When you hold the steering wheel to full lock, left or right, it causes excessive pressure in the system, you will notice the pump makes a louder noise than normal. I'm not sure if the noise you're hearing is the pump or the belt slipping.

      I would check the belt tension and the fluid level, sometimes when the fluid level is at max at idle, if you turn the wheel to the lock position, the fluid level drops causing a whine noise, adding a little extra ps fluid will stop this from happening. Let me know if this help Bill, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Bill 3 years ago

      I bought an 07 nissan murano .when I turn the steering all the way , and drives off slowly .I am hearing a whistling sound .My mechanic told me that I don't have to turn the wheel all the way . And that is sound of the back pressure off the power steering .Can u explain ,thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Frustrated, if the fluid was very dirty and thick, there may be something caught in the steering rack valve body. Let know what the Ford dealership says, I'm very curious, thanks, and have an awesome weekend yourself :)

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      Frustrated 3 years ago

      We did flush out the old steering fluid few days ago bec it was so dirty and thick also it smells pretty bad. After all taken care of and it was still a problem. So Thank you for the information about the power steering rack valve which I'm going to talk to the ford dealership about it. I hope it is a problem. Again Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Frustrated,

      I don't know for sure what the problem is, but if I were to guess, I would say it probably some kind of restriction in the hydraulic part of the steering system and it's very noticeable when the fluid is extremely cold because it thick, once it warms up a little, it starts to get thin and the problem goes away.

      Or it's just a sticking valve inside the power steering rack valve body. If you call the Ford dealership, they may be able to look for a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin)on the problem. Let me know what you decide to do Frustrated, thanks.

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      Frustrated 3 years ago

      Eddie, I've been very frustrated that no one know what was wrong with my xlt ford pick up truck, 2010. When my truck sit in the garage overnight which it was very cold as 30 degree or below, first thing in the morning, I pulled it straight out and turned the wheels. Nothing happened BUT drive forward while turned the wheels, feel the floor and the steering wheel shaking with few seconds. After driving, never happened again. When it was warm overnight, it never happened. HELP, what's going on!

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Foemeno, for taking the time to read and comment. If you ever need some automotive advice, you know where to find me :)

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      David Charles 3 years ago from New York

      great hub AAA

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

      I don't know what kind of car it is or the year, but sometimes just raising the idle a little can make this go away, or it's possible you have a blown motor or transmission mount. Let me know if you have more questions or more info on the car and problem, thanks Danielle.

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      Danielle 3 years ago

      I have a vibration in my car and steering wheel when I am at idle not when driving. If I am at a stop light it will have a vibration when in drive but if i put it in neutral the vibration goes away. Any ideas? Thanks

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Ok , thanks for the help. I'll check the tires.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Vibrations are funny Dave, sometimes a vibration will subside with a speed difference of 2 mph. Say you were going 55mph and the wheel was shaking, then you brought it up to 57 or 53 mph and it goes away, I know it may sound crazy, but vibrations don't come from one source, sometimes 2 or 3 sources, and once they are in sync with each other, the vibration gets worst. That's why I recommend having the tires checked first, It's the most common problem for shakes, if they're ok, we will dig a bit deeper. Where do you feel the shake? Is it in the steering wheel or the body of the car? Do your brakes shake or pulsate when coming to a stop from high speeds? Let me know.

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      Dave 3 years ago

      If it was out of balance, after a minute or two of shaking would it just stop and drive normal even if you slow down and speed up again? thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      I would have the balance checked on your tires to start, it may be someting else, but I recommend starting out cheap and easy. Let me know what you decide to do or if you don't think it's a balance problem. Thanks Dave.

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      Dave 3 years ago

      Have a 2002 Mazda Tribute. When you speed up to around 55 miles per hour it starts to shake up to about 75 miles per hour. then after you are driving for about a minute or two it stops and seems fine going 75. Any ideas to the problem? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Wow Mike,

      Process of elimination! I guess it could have been the wheel bearing, I just have never hear one squeal before, but that doesn't mean it can happen. The car had to be rolling in order for it to make noise, so it's unlikely it was the ball joint, ball joints tend to make noise when the ride height changes like when you hit a dip or a speed bump. I'm just glad the noise is gone, and thanks for your feedback, it really is priceless for other readers and myself. If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me :)

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      miket1 3 years ago

      Hi Eddie, today I replaced the wheel bearing and lower balljoint (even though I replaced the balljoint only a couple of months ago). The backing plate (splash shield?) I removed a while back, so I knew the sound could not be from a stone stuck between the rotor and the backing plate. I have had this happen before, but the sound this time was much, much louder. Problem solved! I do not think that it was the balljoint, as stated before, I got the noise when the wheel was already turned. When I replaced the wheel bearing and balljoint, I had the knuckle/hub off the car, so I had to remove the brake caliper and rotor. So maybe I did something when I put it back together, but I am concluding that the problem was from the wheel bearing. The wheel bearing was the original part with 560,000 km (350,000 miles) on it. Thanks for taking the time to help me out with this most annoying of problems. If the problem reoccurs again, I will change the brake pads. At this point I will have exhausted all options! Mike T.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Mike, thanks for all the great feedback, and thanks for such a great description of the problem. It sounds like you have a small rock caught between the break disc and it's backing plate. Sometimes when you drive over a freshly filled pothole or paved road, you can hear all the little rocks bouncing up because they are sticking to your tires and are being flung in every direction, if one of these get trapped in the space between the rotor and backing plate, it will create all kinds of weird noises that turn heads,lol. I would start by checking out the small space between the rotor and backing plate, you might even want to remove the rotor just incase it's trapped behind the rotor. Let me know what you find Mike, and if you don't find anything, we can dig a little deeper, thanks.

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      miket1 3 years ago

      Great articles. I am having a problem with a severe metal screeching sound when I turn in reverse. Either direction. I am not turning the wheel when this happens. It is a 96 Honda Civic. I have changed the upper and lower balljoints, and removed the splash shield. But the balljoints are not moving when this happens, as I am keeping the steering wheel steady. The wheel has no play in any direction when the car is jacked up. The noise is on the passenger side only. I checked the brake pads and bent back the wear indicator. Still no change. My neighbour said it could be a bad wheel bearing, but it does not have the classic groaning sound, and again, no play. The sound is so loud that people turn and look when I am backing up! Look forward to your advice and keep up the good work that you do. Mike T.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danysng,

      My guess would be that it is your tires causing the vibration and the pulling, the only way to be sure is to rotate the front tires to the rear and the rear tires the front, then drive it to see if anything has changed. That would be the staring point, if the car rides better, you know it's the tires causing the problems. At this point, you can ether get new tires or keep them where they are. If nothing changes after rotating the tires, we will need to dig a little deeper. Let me know what happens Danysng, thanks.

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      danysng 3 years ago

      Hello. I owned a camry 2011, and I feel my steering wheel vibrating on Highway around 60 to 75 mph; also, it alway pulls my car toward to the left. Noted that, I brought my to have tire balance on two front one, but the steering is still vibrating not to violent. I asked the technician that if my rims are bent, he said they are still good. I also have my wheel aligment in march this year. Infact, I had the cheap tires on my front one, and also heard noise like whitsle sound. Can you help me to explain the problems? Thanks you

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Peter,

      If you have never had a problem before replacing all 4 tires, I would guess that you have a defective tire. Just because the tires are new, doesn't mean they can't have defects, it's a very common problem, especially on low grade tires or discount tires bought from warehouse stores like BJ's and Sams Club. It's even possible to get defective high performance tires, there is always room for error.

      Trying to figure out which tire is the problem is going to be the challenge, look for a shop in your area that has a RoadForce tire balance machine, it will identify the cause of your vibration by measuring hard spots and detecting broken belts in each tire. Let me know if you have more questions Peter, I'll be right hear waiting :)

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      peter 4 years ago

      Have a subaru Impreza sportwagon. used to run wheel at high speeds without any steering vibrations. Replaced all four tires , wheel aligned and balanced and unfortunately i do get a bad wobble at low speed under 40km/h as well as disturbing steering viibrations above 110Km/h. I have checked driving shaft, tire surfaces, tie on ends and i just dont seem to find the reason! any assistance as all my mechanics seems to have given up

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Taylor,

      If you want to dig a little deeper, pull off the wheels and rotors again and check the contact points I mentions for rust, if all is well, the vibration could be caused by the tires themselves, not all tires are perfect and some have defects straight from the manufacturer. Let me know what you decide to do Taylor, and when you fin the problem, come back here ad let me know what you found, thanks.

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      Taylor 4 years ago

      Hey Eddie, we took the car to Big O (we bought 4 Euro Tour tires from them a year ago, they give us free balancing and rotations). They balanced the wheels and explained to us that tires were out of balance.

      I took the car for a test drive on the interstate going about 70-80 mph. The vibrations that were their have decreased quite a bit. I still noticed a bit of vibration that I don't think was their before. I was trying to figure if that's just road vibration or if it's something else. I dunno what else to try. The balancing helped out greatly, but it seems like their is something that may still be causing the steering wheel to vibrate a little.

      Thanks Eddie.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Taylor

      What did the old rotors look like when you removed them? Was there a lot of heavy rust on them? Sometimes rusted rotors have a tendency to leave rust spots on the hub, the rust gets stuck between the new rotors and old hub causing a brake pulsation and sometimes a steering wheel vibration accompanied by a brake pulsation.

      But you said it was a steering vibration without applying the brakes, so I don't think you have this problem but I thought it was worth mentioning.

      If the the old rotors were really heavily rusted, some rust may have stuck to the back side of the rim where the rim meets the rotor. If that s the case, you just need to sand the rust off the wheels and make sure the mating surface is clean.

      I recommend having the tire balance checked first because it the easiest route and they can check the back of the rims while they're balancing the tires.

      Your feedback is very important to me so let me know what you find, or if you have more questions or input, I'll be right here :) thanks Taylor.

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      Taylor 4 years ago

      Hey their Eddie, I'm having a problem with my car. It's a 2008 Toyota Matrix, that has just over 50,000 miles on it. It's my wife's main driver. A week or so ago I decided to go ahead and change the brakes on her front end since her stopping ability was starting to decrease and having to push further on the peddle.

      I purchased some Raybestos Professional Series Rotors and Brake Pads thru Rockauto.com. Went ahead and changed the rotors and brakes on each side. Jacking one side of the car up at a time and taking it one wheel at a time. I had my father-in-law their with me helping/watching me changing the brakes (He is well inclined mechanically).

      Now after changing them we were driving the car on the interstate and we started to feel some pretty good vibrations/shakes coming from the steering wheel. I thought maybe the tires could have been a bit loose so when we got home I got the lug wrench and tightened them a bit more. Still though with out avail, we still have shaking in the steering wheel around 70 mph. It doesn't happen from what I've noticed when you go to brake, only when driving at higher speeds. I've been told that the rotor could have been warped when we received them, the lug nuts could be to tight, or the balancing of the tires could be off (we had the tires rotated and balanced 2,000 miles ago).

      What do you think it could be Eddie? Thanks man!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel,

      Yes, this is true, they are called hub centering rings. Just keep in mind that aftermarket rims are very difficult to balance perfectly because they don't fit the vehicle like factory equipment. Let me know how you make out Daniel.

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      Daniel 4 years ago

      Hello,

      I have a quick question,

      I have purchase replica rims recently. They are all perfectly balanced but still vibrate the steering wheel on the highway. I was told briefly that I need to buy custom caps that go on the inside center cap area of the rim specific to my make and model. I was wondering if this is true,and what they are called.

      Thank you

      Daniel

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Byshea,

      Thanks for stopping by for the read. Yes, there are a lot of people who are misinformed, so I thought I would write about it and spread the word, lol . thanks for the comment Byshea, and take care for now.

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      Shea 4 years ago

      I just came across your hub. Great information here! I was in the tire business for quite a few years and dealt with these issues all the time. I hope you have gotten a lot of visits from the low informed car owners out there.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pmakaveli,

      If your looking to fix a slight vibration, it's best to find a shop that can balance the wheels on the vehicle. Aftermarket wheels are very difficult to bring into zero balance (no vibration) and if you have the wheels balanced on the vehicle you just might get them to zero balance, the down side is, if you ever remove the wheels for service, you will have to have them balanced again with an on car balancer.

      You can try the alternative (hub centric) but I believe you will have better results using the on car balancer. Let me know what you decide to do and your results.

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      pmakaveli1987 4 years ago

      Hello Eddie, The hubrings did eliminate alot of the extreme vibration. however, there is still slight vibration 60-70 miles. Should I get the rims balanced lug centric?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wendy,

      Yes I think if you get the car in the air and run the back wheels at slow speeds, you should be able to see something wobbling, and make sure all your tires are filled to the proper psi, especially with the camper on the back, low tire pressure could enhance the wobble.

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      Wendy 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie

      coincidentally, about 2 weeks before I put the camper on I noticed a screw in the front passenger tyre. The tyre repairer put a ?plug in this tyre but I don't think it was balanced. If I get them to check the ute as you described above will they be able to tell if it is a bent hub or axle?

      Appreciate your help

      Wendy

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wendy,

      I don't think it's from the camper because you said you could feel it before the camper was installed, now it just more pronounced. I have 3 possibilities:

      1. It could be a out of round tire.

      2. It's possibly a bent rim.

      3. It could possibly be a bent hub or axle

      What I would do is jack up the rear axles off the ground and place the vehicle on jack stands to be safe, then run the wheels slowly, around 5mph to verify there is no bent rim or out of round tire. If the vehicle wobbles that bad, you should see something that doesn't look right when you do this procedure. Let me know what you find Wendy, thanks.

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      wendy 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie

      I don't know if you can help as this is a little different to what others are asking. I have a 2001 mazda bravo trayback ute which I have put a slide on camper on to go on holiday. Before I put the slideon camper on the back it was a bit of a rough ride and there was a very slight rock back and forwards when I hit bumps. Since putting the camper on the rocking is much more pronounced. I have put on new shockies and if anything the rock back and forwards is even more noticable. My mechanic isn't really sure what is causing it and has asked asked around and been told that I might get a cracked or warped chassis from this. The slide on weighs about 500kg.

      Please help!

      Wendy

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      The vibration your feeling usually comes from the rear tires, anytime you have a vibration going throughout the car, usually come from the rear of the vehicle. Does it happen while driving at a steady speed, accelerating, or slowing down like when you touch the brakes lightly? Let me know Mike.

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      mike 4 years ago

      i have a 2008 bmw 528xi ive owned it for 6 months about a month after i bought it i noticed a very heavey vibration througout the car while driving and can not figure it out please help

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dee,

      That's tough to diagnose without actually seeing it. Right off the top of my head, it sounds like maybe a fouled spark plug, a bad spark plug wire, or maybe a bad injector. It's best to have a reputable mechanic look at it and give you a diagnosis, but here are a few questions for you:

      Is the check engine light on?

      Is it the engine that is shaking or something else?

      Does the engine stall?

      Is the bad vibration when braking caused by the engine or the brakes?

      Let me know Dee.

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      dee 4 years ago

      hi eddie,

      i had a ?.. My car was running fine til this morning. I have a toyota camry 1995 LE V6 and all of a sudden it started to shake. When i drove off it started shaking and vibraating and when i brake it has a real bad vibration. I checked the oil and seen that there wasnt enough so i put in a quart of oil then i drove to see if it stopped the shaking and it didn't. I dont know anything about cars and i dont know what it is. Please hep me.

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      Dee 4 years ago

      Thank you Eddie! I really appreciate your help!=)...I will definitely be back to let you know how it goes.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dee,

      YUP! The strut is leaking. I would take a look at all four, and see which ones are leaking, and then replace them in sets of two. (2 front/2 rear)

      If one front is leaking, replace both front, if one rear is leaking, replace both rears, if one front and one rear are leaking, replace all 4.

      Let me know how your car rides after replacing that bad strut Dee, I would really appreciate it, thanks :)

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      Dee 4 years ago

      Hey again!

      I went to look and there was oil on the part that extends under the spiral part of the shock...I rubbed my finger across it and there was oil on it

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Mona, if all those components are ok and adjusted properly, I recommend replacing the proportioning valve. I have another reader who is having a very similar problem and I believe it's the proportioning valve causing it, I believe the proportioning valve is sticking internally and not allowing the brake fluid to return to the master cylinder, so replace it and let me know if that fixes it, thanks Mona.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dee,

      I think what your feeling is the strut or shock absorber is blow (the seal has failed) Once a strut/shock looses all it's oil, it will no longer stop the wheel from bouncing when hitting bumps. I recommend going out to the vehicle an taking a look at the shock/strut at that wheel, if it's oil soaked or covered in dirt, you'll know it's blown. Don't forget to come back here with some feedback on what you find, I'm very curious, if that's not it, let me know as well, thanks Dee.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mona,

      It seem like there is a problem with the brakes constantly being applied. The problem your're having is very difficult to diagnose without seeing the car. If I were to guess, I would have to say it has to do with either the master cylinder push rod out of adjustment, the brake light switch out of adjustment, or the rod going from the brake booster to the brake pedal is out of adjustment. I would have all those components checked, and the vibration is caused by warped rotors, once the rotors over heat from being applied constantly, they warp and then cause a brake pulsation, so it's a matter of figuring out what is causing the brakes to be on all the time. Hope this helps Mona, and if you figure it out, could you come back here and let me know what it was, I would really appreciate it, thanks.

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      Dee 4 years ago

      Hey!

      My car jiggles violently on the passenger side whenever I hit the slightest bump...I have had my tires rotated and I was told that I would need to replace the back passenger tire soon, but could it just doesn't seem that that is the root of the problem! It jiggles horribly and I don't know what's up! What do you think?

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      Mona 4 years ago

      Mr.Eddie yes sir it's rolls smooth but when you get up to 50 mph it's starts shaking a bit but when you go to slow down it really stars shaking the steering wheel and it feels like the front end starts shaking and yes sir it to dealer ship for the repairs and ask them to check the breaks and get it in line and they said they did but I am wondering if they did but we also have taken it in for new tires but before you get to 5000 miles they all start shaking.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mona,

      It definitely sounds like something is keeping your brakes applied, the first component I would check is the brake light switch,it could have been shorted out during the accident, it may have been replaced and installed wrong.

      Does the car feel like its dragging, like the brake are on all the time and it doesn't roll easily?

      Did the car go to a body shop for repairs? Let me know.

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      Mona 4 years ago

      Thanks Eddie it appears to be the front breaks but we have changed the front ones 3 times and the back once.I appreciate your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mona,

      Are you referring to the front rotors and pads, or the rear brake shoes and drums? I believe your talking about the rear shoes and drums :) I have two scenarios,

      1. You could have a bent brake line causing a restriction of brake fluid in the line, once the brakes are applied, the fluid pushes past the restriction but does not return causing the brakes to stay applied. If that is the case, the brakes would overheat causing them to warp and abnormally wear.

      2. It's possible your brake light switch at the brake pedal is out of adjustment. If the brake light switch is out of adjustment, it causes light pressure on the brakes, as the brake fluid heats up, the brake fluid expands and causes even more pressure on the brakes, and again, causes them to over heat and warp and abnormally wear.

      These are just possibilities, I'm not really sure, you have a very unique problem, but I have seen both scenarios on different vehicles, maybe you have one of the problems too. If you figure it out or you have more questions, let me know, I'll be right here :) Thanks Mona.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Perry,

      With universal wheels like yours, it's very difficult to eliminate the vibration. You would have better results if you installed hub rings rather than spacers, but you may not completely eliminate the vibration. That is the down side of universal wheels. Let me know if the hub rings help when you get a chance, thanks Perry.

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      Mona 4 years ago

      Hey I got rearended,and sinse then we have replaced brake shoes and rotors (new and turned) 3 times in the last 12 thousand miles and about 2weeks after each change we start having the same shaking problem and it really gets bad can you help us.

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      Perry 4 years ago

      I bought 4 new tires and have had them balanced 2 times. I checked for loose components in the wheel and found none.They are mounted on a mondera milano 17'rim. I still get vibration at 60 in up and gets worser at increased speeds. The shop suggest I get wheel spacers because of the wheel being universal.Do you suggest I get wheel spacers or hub rings?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello MJensen,

      I'm surprised the RoadForce machine didn't find your problem, usually you get a printout of your tires issue so it can be fixed. Some mechanics are just to lazy to go through the trouble. You can try an on car balance and see if you get results. I personally have never had the opportunity to use one, but if there is a shop in town that has one, it won't hurt to try it, it'll just cost a few bucks. Let me know how that works out for you MJensen.

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      MJensen 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 98 Tahoe 2wd, 150k miles with steering wheel shake from 60-70mph, under power and coasting in the wheel and the seat, more in the wheel. Swapped 2 sets of tires, have had road force balancing, factory wheels. Replaced wheel bearing r/frt per shop suggestion, no help. Can the rotors be out of balance or a driveshaft issue be doing it? Just purchased, no history. Should I get an on the vehicle balance?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandie,

      I recommend making an appointment with the Nissan dealer and requesting a loaner car until the problem is fixed to your satisfaction. When they call to tell you your car is all set, request to drive it with the service manager or mechanic to verify it's fixed. If you still don't get the results you want, call Nissan customer relations, the number is in the owners manual, and request a rep look at your car. Just remember Sandie, the squeaky wheel gets the oil, so keep squeaking :) Let me know what happens or if you have any other questions, I'd be glad to help :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi binsy,

      First, If you had worn tie rods, they should have been noticed and changed when the steering rack was replaced, you have to do an alignment on a vehicle after a steering rack is replaced, plus you need to remove the tie rods from the old rack and install them on the new rack, unless you replace them with new ones, why wasn't this caught before the rack was replaced?.

      Second: the CV joint(axle) has nothing to do with the alignment, nor will it effect the alignment, so he's wrong by telling you that.

      Third: Your horn and air bag light are on because the mechanic who installed your steering rack did not install the steering column shaft correctly and broke the cable reel in the steering wheel. The cable reel is the component in the steering wheel that communicates to the SRS control unit. If the steering column shaft is installed improperly after replacing a steering rack, you will break the cable reel and the horn and SRS(air bag) light will come on and your horn wont work. You need to talk to the service manager on that issue. I suggest you print this out and read it to the service manager or owner, the mechanic screwed up big time, and needs to own up to it.

      Forth: the vibration is probably just a tire balance :)

      I hope this helps, and I know your probably confused, so if you have any other questions, let me know, and let me know what happens. BTW, find a good mechanic and stick with them after you get these issues fixed, and don't pay another dime to the shop, they screwed up big time!

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      Sandie 4 years ago

      In response to Wilma's comment about her 2012 Nissan Versa I too have a 2012 Nissan Versa and I have the exact same problem. It is pulling at high speeds on the highway and I have to fight to keep it centered. It also shakes or shutters when I ease off the gas pedal. I have taken it in four times to Nissan and they have done nothing to correct this. Any suggestions? I'm extremely frustrated. It's brand new.

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      binsy 4 years ago

      THANKS EDDIE FOR ANSWERING MY POST..i WENT BACK RO THE MECHANIC HE CLAIMED THERE'S NO WAY HE INSTALLED THE RACK AND PINON WRONG, BECAUSE THEIR IS ONLY "TWO HOLES"T O PUT IT IN..HE CLAIMED THAT ITS MY TIRE RODS/AND TWO FRONT TIRES NEED TO BE CHANGED HE CLAIMS THATS WHATS CAUSING THE SHAKING AND RUMBLING/AND VIBRATION OF MY CAR.BUT THE OTHER MECHANIC THAT CHANGED THE BALL JOINTS YESTERDAY THINK ITS THE CV AXLE JOINTS..AND HE CLAIMS HE CANT ALIGN THE CAR UNTIL I CHANGE THE CV AXLE WHICH IS GOING TO COST ABOUT 350 DOLLARS..OH DIDI I MENTION MY HORN DONT WORK AND MY AIRBAG LIGHT IS ON..I'M LOST ALL IWANTED WAS MY RACK AND PINON CHANGED..NOW THE CAT TREMBLES TERRIBLY(COULD BE TIRES/AND TIRE RODS) I HAVE A LOT OF PLAY IN STEERING WHEEL ..AND NOW MY HORN STOPPED WORKING,, AND AIRBAG LIGHTS ON.. I DIDNT DRIVE THE CAR TODAY BECAUSE ITS TO UNSTABLE...I WANT TO HAVE ANOTHER MECHANIC LOOK AT IT BUT GIVE ME YOUR EXPERT ADVICE , BECAUSE NOW I TRUST NO ONE..

      THANKS

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      @ Afriqnet, your welcome, and if you ever have a question, you know where to find me :)

      @ Gautam, shake and vibration are the same, it all depends how people describe their problem. Your problem sounds like a tire issue, maybe an out of round tire/bald tire or a bent/warped rim. I recommend having it checked as soon as possible just to be safe. Let me know if I can help in any other way Gautam :)

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      Gautam 4 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      can you please elaborate, what is difference between steering wheel vibration and shake? or is it same?

      My vehicle has vertical stg wheel movement on rough roads. Dont know whether it is shake or vibration?

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      Joe Njenga 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Thank for your helpful article. I have experienced this before especially when I attain speeds of 100 miles /hr and above. I thought it was alignment but my automobile knowledge is wanting so I did not pay too much attention. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Binsy,

      I recommend returning to the shop that replaced the rack on Saturday and have them fix you vibration and also ask them what happened to the axle, make sure you road test it with the mechanic or service manager before you accept the car back, you don't want to return a third time.

      I have never heard of a rack being installed improperly causing the axle to break, was the boot ripped or something? Let me know if I can help in any other way, and let me know what happens with the vibration.

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      binsy 4 years ago

      hi eddie

      I need your help..i recently got my powersterring pump changed,then i got the rack and pinon changed on saturday now the car is driving like crazy it shakes violently and its not driving properly..mind you the only problem i had was stiffining in the powersteering..i toook it to a mechanic today and they told me that the previous mechanic who installed the rack and pinon didnt install it currectly , and now my cv axle is broken..please help 120 dollar job is now turning into a 720 job to correct the mistake..oh by the way I changed my ball joints too.my car is a 96 mercury sable......please helppppppppppppppppp!!!!!!!!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi abegundetosin,

      I'm sorry I didn't see your questions. The vibration when stepping on the brakes is usually caused by your front rotors being warped, you could either have them resurfaced or replaced and it should take care of the brake pulsation.

      If your check engine light and abs lights are on, you will have to have a mechanic check the codes and go from there. Without knowing the codes you'll never know whats wrong or how much it will cost to fix it.

      I would hold off on the ac for now, just until you figure out whats wrong with the check engine and abs lights.

      Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll try to answer them best as possible, Thanks for being patient abegundetosin :)

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shelley,

      The noise your hearing might be a wheel bearing, watch my video on How to diagnose a wheel bearing and let me know if that's the noise, there should be a link to it right before the comment box on this page. The bouncy sensation might be nothing, I think you're tuning into your cars every movement and noise because of the wheel bearing. Let me know what you think Shelley.

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      Shelley P 4 years ago

      I drive a 2006 Camry. I noticed a slight pull when driving it. I had an alignment,tire rotation and balancing done. I know the alignment is perfect because it goes straight now with no pulling. However I feel a vibration all the time at all speeds. In reverse(my drive is hilly) it feels like the car is rolling over rocks. There is a low hum sound I hear as well at speeds of 45 miles an hour. Sometimes I feel a bouncy sensation. When I go over a gentle bump my car doesn't feel like it lands on all four wheels going straight. I am like clockwork with oil changes and generally get the tires balanced and rotated then. I skipped the last one because I had to take the car back 2-3 times to get rid of movement I felt when driving and I was hesitant to go through that again but I also realize I need to rotate,balance them to get even wear and my moneys worth. My Michelin tires are 80,000 mile tires and almost a year old. I have 72,000 miles on the car. I get free tire rotation and balancing. Any advice would be great! Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Maddambutterfly, Did you offer to take the mechanic for a ride to prove to them there is something wrong? If you went through all that trouble, I say you got a new defective tire, the next step is to fine a garage with a Hunter RoadForce machine like Cali did, she didn't fix the problem completely, but she knows what's causing it. I hope you can figure it out soon. Keep me posted if you decide to pursue it any further, take care for now Maddambutterfly.

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      Marie V Stephens 4 years ago from New Mexico

      Eddie, Took the PT cruiser in and the mechanic said I had bad tires. Got new tires . Still had Vibration. Went back in and was told it was warped rims. Replaced the rims. Still had vibration. I had CV joints checked. No problems with CV joints. Three different mechanics have now told me that there is nothing further wrong with my car, yet it’s still vibrating on acceleration between 20-25 mph…Perhaps it’s all in my head? I’m so frustrated I’m ready to sell the car Lol…

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey, thanks pandula77, you're very welcome, and yes, there are a lot of comments :)

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      pandula77 4 years ago from Norway

      It's a great hub and some great discussions. Got some ideas to check before the next service of my car. Thanks for sharing...

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      @ spitfire, thanks for the vote :)

      @ Reingolda, The down fall is the tires that are over inflated will wear in the center quickly, it's best to keep them at the psi recommended for that tire, tire manufactures spend a lot of money on research and development, so keeping the psi to manufactures specs makes the most sense. Hope this answers your question Reingolda.

      @ landscapeartist, Thank you for your kind words and thank you for the vote up and fb share, you know where to find me if you ever need any advice :)

      @ Natalie, It sounds like you have a few different issues here, I recommend you check out my video on how to diagnose a wheel bearing @ https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/What-is-a-wheel... let me know if this is the noise your hearing. The vibration and pull might be related, first I would check your tire pressures to make sure you don't have a tire low on air, if the tire pressures are OK, you should bring it to a reputable mechanic and have it checked, you may need an alignment and a tire balance.

      Let me know what you find Natalie, and if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask :)

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      natalie 4 years ago

      dear Eddie, I have a 2005 Chevrolet malibu . My car shakes, pulls to the right & makes a sound like something is hitting the tire. What should I do? Thanks, Natalie

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      Roberta McIlroy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hello there. Awesome hub! I used to think that the car wasn't needing an alignment or that the wheel bearing was going or the lower balljoint. I always had my mechanic husband repair my cars, but he never offered any information that I could learn from. I never really knew what was wrong with my cars. I only knew how much I had to fork out for parts.

      Now that we are separated I am definitely at a loss. Your hub is full of so much information that I can use. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. voted up and shared on fb.

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      Reingolda 4 years ago from New York

      what is the downside to fully inflating your tires? My car feels lighter and faster. My Brother only fills his tires to the recommended psi and his car feels heavy and hard to accelerate.

      Which is the best or safer course to take?

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      Spitfire07 4 years ago from Calgary

      Very good advice. Voted up.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Smireles, and thanks for the vote :) I'll stroll on over to check you out ;) take care

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Joyette Fabien, I hope you never have to use my advice, but if you ever need it, you know where to find me :), thanks for the vote and tweet, very much appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      Cali, you are the reason I do this, I know it's very hard to find trustful information online or in the real world. You're the first person to take my advice about the Hunter RoadForce machine and I'm glad you did, it is an incredible machine which fixes these types of problems, or at least figures out what's causing the vibrations.

      I started a new site,it only has a few articles so far but it's growing slowly, I wrote another article about car shakes and I talk about the Hunter machine, not that you need to read it, but if you know someone who has a similar problem you could send them the link :) anyways it at http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Shakes.html

      Thanks again Cali for your feed back, it really means a lot to me that you took the time to come back and update me on your situation, it's priceless to other readers. If you ever need any advice, you know where to find me :)

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      Cali 5 years ago

      Eddie, thanks again for all your helpful advice!!

      I took my car in to a place that had the Hunter RoadForce machine, and I conveyed to them your thoughts. They rotated and balanced all 4 tires. And apparently the Right front tire, (the one opposite the new tire, driver's left), had excessive road force, and they remounted the tire.

      The drive is a significant improvement to what it was. There is still some vibration on acceleration and braking, but nothing like it was.

      Thank you so much for all your helpful advice and for taking the time to respond to my questions! I truly appreciate it!

      Cali :)

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      I found this really useful. Just recently I had this problem of vibrating steering wheel. It is awful when a problem develops when you are far away from help and you have no idea what to do. I am grateful for these tips and I think it was great of you to share this information. Voted up and Tweeted!

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      Sandra Mireles 5 years ago from Texas

      Good article, very helpful. Thanks. Voted up. Would appreciate reciprocation.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for the kind words networmed, and thank you for the vote, you know how much it means to me :) I'll be right here if you need any advice, take care.

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      networmed 5 years ago from SPL

      This is an interesting article, as interesting as your other hub about transmission slipping. I'm not a car savvy, but I've learn a lot. Voted useful hub :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks vehiclereg, I appreciate it :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Sorry to hear that Kalux, sometimes it's a matter of finding a mechanic who cares and sticking with them. Thanks for the vote, and if you ever need some advice, you know where to find me :)

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      oh my goodness, I don't know how many times I've asked the shop to fix this and never had any result from them. Voted up for sure!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Erik,

      No you're not crazy to think that, it's very possible. I recommend calling and telling them your situation, they will probably tell you to come back to the shop so they can balance the tires again, but don't leave the shop without road testing the car with the mechanic or the service manager, that way you won't have to return for a third time.

      Let me know what you decide to do, so if you have time, could you come back here and give me some feedback? Thanks Erik, take care for now.

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      Erik 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie. I put Quick-Struts on my Pontiac G5 last yesterday and found i had some vibration starting just over 60mph. I had my tired balanced and rotated today and it actually seems worse now than before. Am I crazy to think they may not have balanced them? What else do you think it could be? I have also replaced my sway bar links and control arm bushings in the past year to fix a popping noise that the struts corrected. I'm clueless since it seemed fine before.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      It sounds like the calipers are sticking for some reason, I recommend taking it on a road test to the point when you smell the pads heating up, jack the front wheels and see if the wheels spin freely, if both wheels don't spin freely, you know you have a problem. Let me know if the calipers are sticking, then we can go from there. It could be as simple as bleeding your brake system or backing off your brake light switch :)

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      Mike 5 years ago

      Hey Eddie. Just wondering if you can help me out before I spend any money I don't need to. AWD 02 impreza WRX. Car shakes around 70mph, especially while letting off gas to coast - and at all speeds, the car slows quicker than it should while coasting. Once I've stopped driving, the front two wheels are very hot to touch, much much hotter than the rears. They also slightly smell of burnt rubber. What could it be? I doubt both my front calipers froze at the same time.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Damian, I'll wait to hear your results.

      Cali, one more thing, you said the car has a vibration when braking, that is usually caused by warped rotors, so in order to fix that, you would either have to replace the rotors or have them resurfaced.

      I was a bit tired the other night when replying :) Let me know how it goes, thanks.

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      Cali 5 years ago

      Thank you so much Eddie!

      I plan to call around tomorrow to see if anyone has that particular machine for balancing tires and to have the services you suggested performed. You have been really helpful and I really appreciate it!

      I will keep you updated.

      Cali

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      Damian 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your comments, really appreciated. I will get the other rim put back on straight away.

      When slowing down from highway speeds It can have a small vibration but not to the same extent that happens when driving.

      I will get the car to a mechanic for testing and let you know how I go.

      Thanks again

      Damian

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Damian,

      First, you should put the 17" rim back on the car,it's unsafe to have different size wheels.

      It sounds like you may have a sticking caliper. A caliper can start to freeze up for one reason or another, and as the caliper heats up, it expands and causes the brake pads to squeeze the rotor. I would have the calipers checked after a hard road test, like after exiting from the highway a few times.

      Does the car have a brake pulsation when slowing down from highway speeds? Let me know Damian.

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      Damian 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I am hoping you may be able to steer me in the right direction with a vibration issue I am having with my car. I have a 2005 ford xr6 ba mkii. It has 17" rims and sometimes when driving (doesn't do it all the time) the steering wheel gets a vibration and starts to shake. This is usually around the 80-100km speed. When it does happen if I apply the brakes it vibrates harder. I have found that I can stop it by giving the brake pedal a very quick punch. If it starts to vibrate and I punch the brakes quickly it goes away and that is usually it. Last week I drove 3ookm it done it once and the quick touch of the brakes fixed it and that was the end of it.

      I firstly had the tires balanced. Then I had a complete set on new tires put on the car. It was ok for a little while but is now playing up. The mechanic thought it was a buckled rim. So the spare tire has been put on (it's a 15inch rim not 17 inch like the others and replaced the back left) however I am still having the problem so I am now not sure if the diff ent size rim could cause a vibration or if this rules out the rim.

      Any advice you may have would be really appreciated as I am not mechanically minded.

      Regards

      Damian

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cali, I appreciate your kind words :)

      Your blowout may have been caused by low tire pressure. You said all your tires are loosing air now, maybe that tire was very low on air? I dono?

      If you have aluminum rims, which I'm sure you do, corrosion builds up in the bead area,(where the tire meets the rim) and will cause a slow leak. The fix is to dismount all tires and sand the corrosion off the rim with light grit sand paper. If this procedure is done, the wheels will be balance again after the tires are mounted and hopefully that will take care of your problem.

      I'm not positive that's the problem, but it is very common with aluminum rims, and what are the chances of you having a nail in all 4 tires? Unless you drove through a construction site, it's slim to none :)

      The vibration may be a bad tire, but there is only one machine on the market that can tell you that, and that is a Hunter RoadForce machine, and not many shops have that tool. Without the tool, it's a matter of swapping wheels with another car to try to figure it out. I know that's not what you want to hear but that has been my experience. Let me know if I can help in any other way, and if you have time, could you come back and give me an update, thanks Cali, take care for now :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kim, Thank you, I'm glad my hubs have helped you :)

      So you never balanced the two front tires, just mounted and balanced two rear tires and did an alignment. The first thing I would do is have the two front tires balanced (don't know why they didn't recommend that while your car was there) and see if that fixes the problem, be sure to road test the vehicle with the mechanic before you pay for the job, you don't want to return for a third time. Let me know what happens Kim, and thanks again :)

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      Cali 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thank you for having these hubpages, they are very informative.

      I have a 2005 Lexus ES330 and my tires are fairly new (was told the tread is at an 8, I drive about about 8,000 miles/year, mostly city), and recently I had a blowout. The mechanic could not find any reason as to why the blowout occurred. Since my tires were newer I only purchased one new tire. Since then, my car shakes upon acceleration and braking, and I have had the tire balanced at 2 different auto shops, as to which both informed me that my rim was not bent. In addition, since this has occurred, all 4 tires keep losing air. Would you suggest that I have all 4 tires balanced and rotated to see if that would fix the problem?

      Any help would be appreciated.

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      Kim 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie, I've found your site, read through for possible answers for my daughter's car....HELP. It's '99 Suzuki g. Vitara. She 'blew' a tire. Went to local tire place, had to replace not 1 but 2 new tires. I was told co no longer made that tread model (fine), soooo 2 new tires on rear, balanced, aligned, & told rim of blown tire 'ok''. So my daughter tells me her steering wheel is shaking while driving on the highway! So here we are less than 24 hours after repairs, and her car never did this prior to the work. What now? Excellent site, my best, Fustrated Mom

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Heather,

      To find out if it's the plugged tire causing the vibration, all you need to do is rotate it to the back and see if the vibration changes. I know you don't have a lot of money but this is my recommendation.

      Did anyone check the tire pressure in the plugged tire recently, I know it was just fixed but low tire pressure could cause a vibration and it seems like everyone is focused on the tire that had been replaced.

      Try rotating the plugged tire to the rear, but remember, the rear tire may not be balanced either, but the vibration should change a little. Let me know if this helps or if you have any other questions Heather.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Melissa, that's great, glad it was that simple. Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it, take care, and if you ever have a question, you know where to find me :)

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      Heather 5 years ago

      Hi! I need help. A couple weeks ago we had to replace one of the tires on my car (the front driver) because it kept going flat. Then a few days later the passenger front had to be plugged because of a nail. Since then the steering wheel vibrates when I get to about 60, and gets worse as the faster I go. So naturally, I'm thinking alignment because it needed one last year so I had that done at a different place closer tohome.. Still vibrated (I see why now). So I took them to another tire place and had the front two tires balanced. Still vibrates. We were told it could be a bubble in the tire we had put on, so we took it back to them. The guy that helped us said that the tire I just got balanced was like 25% off. But he replaced the tire just in case the one they'd put on was causing the problem. And its StILL vibrating. What in the world??? Could it be the tire I had plugged?? This is really frustrating, and I don't have money to be throwing around unnecessarily. Thanks!!

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      melissa 5 years ago

      Thanks I did go back it turns out there was a rather large bubble in the tire they replaced it now the car rides fine again

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Cdice, and there is no time limit here, I have readers come back months later to update me :) I just like to know if the advice I'm giving works, plus it help other readers with similar problems. So thanks for the feed back :)

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      Cdice 5 years ago

      Thanks Eddie for your help and advice it's much appreciated! I'll definitely let you know what happens, might take a little while, but I'll be sure to get back to you.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      That's great Julie, I'm glad you got that squared away. There is a manufacturer who makes a valve stem caps for your tires that monitor the tire pressure, it's green when the tire pressure is OK, and red when their getting low, just an FYI. Thanks for the feed back, and if you ever need a question answered, you know where to find me :)

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      julie 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Well I picked up the car from the garage, gave it a test drive and all is well now. No more issues with braking ... and I will just have to monitor the tire pressure myself for now. There are no nails or anything like that in the tires... and I think I really just need new rims. Maybe one day...or by that time, maybe I will be able to get a new car. Thanks for all your help.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      Yup, or you have a defective tire, I recommend returning to the garage and telling them your problem, and after they fix it, tell them you would like to verify it's fixed by road testing it with the mechanic or service manager, that way your not stuck returning to them for a third time. Let me know what happens Melissa or if you have any other questions, I'll be right here :)

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      melissa 5 years ago

      Hey i have a 99 honda crv and we just got the tires replaced now it shakes do u think they balanced them wrong?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cdice,

      You are very lucky, sorry to hear about your accident. I'm wondering about the noise you hear, do you think it could be a wheel bearing noise? If you watch the video where I explain what a wheel bearing sounds like, you should have a better understanding on the noise, if you go right to the 2 minute mark on the video I'll show you the noise on the vehicle http://hubpages.com/t/29bd76

      It's possible the wheel bearing was damaged as well, also your alignment should be checked, that was a very hard hit to the suspension, and there is no doubt it could have bent a control arm, tie rod, or knuckle assembly.

      If you have any other concerns or questions, don't hesitate to ask, and if you have time, could you let me know what happens, thanks Cdice, and take care of that baby, no more added stress :)

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      Cdice 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 95 toyota truck with 300,something miles on it. My front passenger side tire flew off on the freeway just minutes after getting them rotated, they forgot to tighten my lug nuts; obviously. I'm curious as to what kind of damage could have been done? My tire was recovered at the site. I brought my truck to another mechanic to have it repaired seeing as I don't feel that safe with the people who rotated the tires in the first place. The other mechanics repaired the wheel hug and replaced the wheel studs, brake rotor, and lug nuts. After getting my truck back it's not driving the same, the steering wheel vibrates and it now seems to be making a loud waaah noise; not that my truck was ever really quiet but now it's much louder. I figured the tires most likely need to be balanced and so I brought it back to the mechanics to have them once more thoroughly inspect my truck to make sure it's safe; which is really important right now because I'm almost 8months pregnant and need to be as safe as possible. They checked out my truck yesterday and assured me it is completely safe and that there is no further damage to my truck due to the accident, just that there's some things that need to be done to make it run/drive smother due to the age of my vehicle but nothing that makes it unsafe to drive. So the balanced the tires and said the two front tires were extremely out of balance. When I went to pick up my truck yesterday I noticed an obvious big silver nail stuck in one of my tires :P so they're patching my tire today. Anyways just wanted to tell you a bit of my story. I'm really wondering and wanted to ask you what damage could have occured when my tire flew off going about 55-60mph? And are there certain things I should be telling the mechanics to check or look at?

      Thank you so much for your time

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      No that's OK Wendy, no need to be sorry :), I have a hard time explaining things too :)

      I believe your car is a 4wd, but is it 4wd all the time or only when you shift it into 4wd? the stop rolling when turning is sort of normal because the the drive-train is straining because all 4 wheels turn at the same rotation speed and when you make a tight turn the inner wheels turn faster than the outer wheels,so the car will stop rolling because of the stress, if that makes sense.

      The engine stalling is not normal, either your idle is too low or the power steering pump is putting to much strain on the engine and causing it to stall. If you bought it from a dealer, bring it back and have them check it, if you bought it private sale, you have to have it checked by your mechanic.

      If you have any other questions Wendy, please don't hesitate to ask, take care for now, and let me know what happens :)

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      wendy 5 years ago

      The car seems to stall when I completely turn the steering wheel right or left, but as soon as I straighten out the steering wheel the car is fine. Sorry im really bad at explaining things.

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      wendy 5 years ago

      when I begin driving the car, and the car completely stops when I completely turn the steering wheel.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wendy,

      Is the vibration when you're driving? When you say you turn the wheel all the way, and the car seems to stop, stop what, rolling? or vibrating? Give me a little more info and I'll have a better answer for you, thanks Wendy :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cee,

      Is it a noise you're hearing or is it a vibration? Could this be a wheel bearing noise? Read this other article I wrote and watch the video, I'll will show you what a bad wheel bearing sounds like, I do a demo on a vehicle at about the 2min mark if you want to fast forward, http://hubpages.com/t/29bd76 let me know if this is what you hear :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Julie, thanks for the update, I really appreciate it :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Alaskan Subaru, no worries, everything takes time. That is awesome, glad you got rid of the shakes, sometimes going cheep doesn't pay off. FYI, you're not clueless, we all have our strengths and weaknesses :) Take care, and if you ever need some advice, you know where to find me, and don't forget, if you have friends or relatives that have automotive questions, share this on Facebook or just tell them where to fine me :) Thanks, I really appreciate it.

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      Alaskan Subaru 5 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      Sorry for such a delay. I just wanted to follow up and say that I acted upon your advice and replaced the tires. Got a new set of Michelin Primacy tires and had them installed at Costco.

      You were right! The problem went away.

      So I just wanted to thank you for all the help and advice! It is truly wonderful that you are willing to spend the time and efforts helping clueless people like me! :)

      Thank you again!

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      wendy 5 years ago

      Hello:)

      I just purchased a used 2003 Mountaineer and the steering wheel vibrates a little:/ I also noticed that when I turn the steering wheel completely the car seems to stop. Is this supposed to happen? the only thing I'm 100% sure is that the SUV needs new tires, would this even help any of my problems? Please help:)

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      cee 5 years ago

      i have 04 grand prix when i turn either right or left at high speeds like on the hwy round about it sounds like my driver side tire is gonna fall off i just replaced tie rod on driver and passenger side i found they where both worn and i still have same issue

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      Julie 5 years ago

      Hi it's Julie. I'll let you know how it goes. They are changing the rotors and I'm picking the car up tomorrow. Thank-you for taking time to reply.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you for the feedback Margaret, I appreciate it very much :)

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      Margaret Scarboro 5 years ago

      I just replaced the vacuum hose on my 2001 Ford Taurus. I guest I was lucky I did not wait any longer, since it is a cruical part of keeping the engine running smoothly. I like your articles. They are very informational.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Julie,

      I have to commend you for being a single mom, working full time and going to college, it will all pay off some day, so don't give up :)

      The vibration you have while braking is caused by the rotors or drums (not sure what's on the back), the rotors can be resurfaced it there is enough materiel, it will have to be measured by the mechanic. If there is not enough material, you will have to replace them or live with the brake pulsation temporarily while you save some money, it's not dangerous, just annoying.

      A missing wheel weight is not uncommon, some wheels just don't need weight on both sides, but if you have a tire vibration, that's the first place to start.

      Be adamant about them checking the tires for leaks, it's very easy for a tire to pick up a nail, and hooray for your dad, he knows about the rims needing the bead sanded, not to many people know that, even some mechanics don't know that,lol.

      I hope I answered you questions thoroughly, if I missed something, don't hesitate to ask again. Let me know how you make out Julie, take care for now :)

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      julie_pontiac 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie.... Informative posts!

      I am still not sure how to approach my problem so I will ask...

      I've just taken my vehicle back to the garage so they can give it another once over.

      My car is a 2003 GrandAm. I'm the original owner. I got new tires put on in 2009. They are GoodYear Assurance Triple treads. About 6-9 months after the tires went on I started having issues with slow leak of tire pressure. It began only on two tires but evolved to all four. I was advised by my father that they may not have properly prepared the rims (sanding corrosion/sealing). What is done is done.... Since then I've had the rims machined /sanded and the tires reinstalled/balanced three times.

      The last time I took the vehicle to the local dealership (I just moved and tried a garage closer to the my place) they removed machined and balanced the two front tires and rotated them to the rear of the car. They also did the "multi-point inspection" signing off that everything was good...brake pads/tire wear excellent (no issues according to the paperwork)/air pressure all set to the recommended 32psi.

      When i left the garage I noticed that when braking there is an obvious shudder through the car to the steering wheel. I had no issues with this before the car went in.

      Within 48 hrs and probably about 20km I checked tire pressures to find they were not equal around the car and that one was about 10psi low... I and also noticed that there was no weight on the drivers side wheel (previously all the wheels have had weights- since the first time machined).

      I suspected that there was an issue with the balancing of the tires and that maybe they should recheck their work. I contacted the garage and they said it could be the rotors.

      They will be checking my car again tomorrow and have shrugged off the missing weight and did not seem concerned with the tire pressure issue.... instead they gave me a thorough explanation of why it is likely the rotors.

      Would it be unreasonable to ask that they rebalance the tires and top up the air pressure and that we go from there before they start re-surfacing or replacing the rotors & brakes?

      Any advice would be so appreciated for $ is tight and i have little time to continue bringing the car back over and over - single mom in university and working full-time.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jason,

      It's possible the caliper is sticking and the rotor is warped causing the vibration, did you notice if the rear wheel spins freely?.

      Did you check the rear u-joint? U-joints can cause a pretty bad vibration especially on acceleration and deceleration.

      You kinda have to rule out the wheels and tires because of the amount of moving around they did, it should have changed something if it were the wheels and tires. Let me know what you find Jason, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      jason84 5 years ago

      i have a 2005 f150 and i have a shake in the rear, feels like the driver side wheel, i've had the tires balanced, changed, rotated, and re balanced again, i've changed the rear shocks. i've noticed that the brake pads on this side are worn more that the passenger side. could this be a warped rotor causing this vibration. it vibrates the worst around 48 to 52 mph, thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Maddambutterfly, it's good to be proactive and know what you want done before you walk into the garage, that way you only have a few surprises, lol.

      Thanks for the info, I'm sure somewhere in this pile of comments there is a PT Cruiser owner who has had the problem, and now they have the answer :) Thanks again for the feed back, and if you have any questions about what your mechanic is trying to sell you, I'll be right here ;)

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      Eddie the 2006 and 2007 and a few 2008 PT cruisers have faulty driver side axle shafts which cause vibrations. The regular axle shaft is not balanced and the turbo one is. They say to get a turbo one put one and that takes care of the issue. I have so much to look into. My mechanic is going to love me on Friday...:)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Maddambutterfly,

      You read that 2006/2007 have faulty driver side axle shafts on what vehicle, the CRV or the PT Cruiser? You got to be talking about the cruiser because Honda never made a turbo. Let me know because that's great information for some of the readers here, thanks for the feedback :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lizzie,

      WOW, sorry to hear your having so many problems. First of all, the mechanic screwed up by putting the wrong size tire on your car, now the store manager want's you to put his recommended tires on your vehicle??? What's wrong with people anyway?

      If you liked the tires that were on your car, be very direct with the manager and tell him, thank you for the recommendation, but I want the Duelers. If you want Duelers, get Duelers. We had those on the CRV and they were a great tire, don't let the manager talk you out of them, you will be much happier in a year from now.

      First of all, the shop screwed up, now it's time to pay up, and get you what you want. Let me know what happens Lizzie, and don't let them talk you into something you don't want :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      No Gabe, I recommend just getting the two rear tires balanced first and see how it rides. The shake is in the body, not the steering, which leads me to believe it's the rear tires.

      When a mechanic recommends work on your vehicle, ask them to show you what's wrong, ask them questions and push them for answers. I have brought hundreds of customers out to their vehicles just to show them what is wrong while it's up on the lift, that's how I earn their trust and you should do the same to your mechanics.

      Let me know how the balance job works out, and if I can help you in any other way, don't hesitate to ask :)

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      Gabe 5 years ago

      I will be doing that tomorrow. The reason I was asking was because when I had my old car I took it to get aligned ( At a different place) The mechanic told me the same thing that I need to get new tire rods for it because they were bad. So he said he did the alignment and that if I wanted to he would do it for $552 but because I was a new customer he would only charge me $475. And I was going to do it but I was broke at the time so I didn’t. Well as a few days went by my car got really missed up and was making a hissing grinding sound and I was on my way back to the mechanic but couldn’t make it so I stop at a NTB and he looked at my wheels and he said "Are you sure you need tire rods. and I explained what the other guy said and he said "No it just needs an alignment really bad and balance" he lifted the car and should me the tire rods which looked to me as almost new. He did the alignment and balance and my car worked perfect. Do you think this is happing to me again?

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      Lizzie 5 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      My name is Elizabeth and I have a 2004 Saturn Vue, SUV. I had no problems with my car until I had to replace the tires last August. I had been told by Firestone. I went to Goodyear and told the manager that I wanted to purchase the same type of tires that was already on the car, which were Bridgestone tires. He told me that he had some tires better than that, which were the Eagles LS 235/60/R16 tires.My tire is a P215/70/16 DuelersHT HT. But since they had been put on my care I have been spending excessive money on gas, I have been have severe suspension problems, the car vibrates noticeably. I notice a much slower driving patern and hard to pick up any speed. My transmission started acting up and eventually went out some months later. I had Firestone to balance and to do a alignment. But, then I had to return so they could reverse the wheel balancing, because the car vibrated badly. I changed the brakes, I had the fuel injector flushed, I changed the air filters, I changed the shocks, they all went out at one time since the vibration and shimming of the tires. I also notice that when I get up to a certain speed my car feels like it is gliding back and forth, therefore I had to stop driving on the freeway. I called Goodyear, and told the manager about the problem ,and he said that the wrong tires had been put on my car, and bring it in and he will change them out and replace them with the 215/70/16 fuel max crossover, I do not know if this tire better than the Bridgestone DuelersHT. I told him that I wanted to stay with the same grade of tire that my care had previously. But he keeps trying to make me take these tires I do not want these. I am also still have problems maintaining an alignment. Please help me figure this out. Lizzie.

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      hi eddie..nope I drove a Honda for 22 years and traded it in for the 2007 PT cruiser that I'm driving now. I have read that 2006/2007 have faulty driver side axle shafts. The fix is to order a turbo one. I hate having to hunt and peck for a problem. That can become very costly!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hello Maddambutterfly,

      You can still get the alignment, but I know it's the cause of your vibration. That type of vibration is usually caused by a inner cv joint, drive shaft center carrier bearing, or u-joints, it all depends on what kind of car you drive. Are you driving an early Honda CRV? Because that vibration is normal in the CRV, lol. Let me know what kind of car it is, maybe I can help, take care for now :)

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      GREAT HUB! I have a vibration when taking off at between 20-25 mph that has been driving me crazy! This Friday I was going to take the car in for alignment..lol...Now I'm going to look into things a bit deeper. THANKS!

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gabe,

      The first thing I recommend you do is call the shop that did the alignment and tell them a mechanic at another shop says you need tie rod ends, this should have been caught before the alignment was done because when you replace tie rods (inner or outer) you will need an alignment again.

      The vibration may be caused by the two tires you didn't change, did you balance the two older tires?

      It's rare to see a tie rod cause a vibration, it has to have a lot of play or looseness in the joint.

      So call the shop who did the alignment and ask them to double check the tie rods (I'm assuming the alignment and tires were done in two different shops?)

      Let me know if you have any other questions Gabe, sounds like someone is not telling the truth or not doing there job right, could you keep me up to date with what happens? Thanks, I really appreciate it :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi jp993,

      I didn't mention wheel bearings because wheel bearings do not cause tire vibrations, just noise. I have see some pretty worn and damaged wheel bearings, and none of them have ever caused a tire vibration.

      Camber, castor and toe wont cause a vibration either, it can cause your tires to wear uneven and also cause a drift or pull to one side bout never a vibration, over time it will cause a tire vibration only because it's destroying your tires.

      If you have worn or damaged tie rod ends (inner or outer), this could cause a steering wheel vibration because the tire cannot track straight because of the play or looseness in the tie rod.

      Thanks for the comment tho, take care :)

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      Gabe 5 years ago

      I just drove my car on the highway and it still shakes the steering wheel doesnt shake anymore but the car still shakes.

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      JP993 5 years ago from England

      Great hub, although you didn't mention wheel bearings. This is the worse kind out of all the causes of wheel vibration. Camber, toe in and castor can cause wheel vibration to these can be effected it whishbones and track rod ends have been replaced.

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      Gabe 5 years ago

      Hello Eddie,

      I just had a alignment done to my car and I’m putting two new tires on it today. But when I was at the mechanic shop, the mechanic told me that I needed new "tire Rods", and that my steering wheel will continue to shake if I don’t get that fixed is this true? I haven’t driven it over 50 mph yet. because im still at work. Can you help?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lee,

      I think you were very lucky. Most mechanics use an air powered gun to install lug nuts, these guns can torque lug nuts to over 250 ft lbs, that is extremely tight, tight enough where it's almost impossible to loosen them with a tire iron. You are very lucky to have caught it when you did. I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic and having the lung nuts, wheel studs, and anything else that got damaged,replaced, even if the wheel studs look OK, have them replaced because they have been stressed big time! All I can say is it was pure luck the wheel didn't fall off. If I can answer any other questions Lee, I'll be right here.

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      Lee 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a loud knocking noise in back wheel, the car is not pulling but this slowing appearered after last tyre change/balance/rotation, I took the wheel cover off to discover the nuts were on the wrong way ( the tapered edge facing out) but it's been 2 months since the mechanic visit, and I don't understand why my tyre hasn't fallen off!!!

      Please explain.....if possible.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tanya,

      I feel your pain, vibrations can drive you crazy. It's possible you may have a rim that is damaged. The first thing I would do is bring it back to the last shop, and tell them your not satisfied with the way the car has a vibration and see if they can fix it, ask them to check the rims for damage as well. If they can't fix it, you will need to find a tire specialist who has a Hunter RoadForce machine, this type of tire balancer can check your rims and tires for problems other balances can't find, like heavy or hard spots in the tires, you may have got a defective tire from the factory, it happens a lot. Let me know what you decide to do, and if you get it resolved, could you come back here and give me an update? Thanks Tanya, take care for now :)

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      Tanya 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I'm hoping you can help me out. My steering wheel is vibrating at high speed (specificly 105km. I took it to a mechanic and he balanced the tires. After that, i noticed it was still shaking. I took it in once again and they did a more indepth look to see what was going on and they couldn't find anything. I decided to get a second opinon from another shop and they said my tires were out of round. They even brought me out and showed me how the tires were wobbling on the tire balancing machine. So, i went and bought brand new tires get them balanced and put on and it is still vibrating! It's definately not as bad as before, but still drives me crazy. Any thoughts?

      Thanks :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tom,

      I'm doing very well, thanks for asking :) I recommend returning to the garage for a third time and have the mechanic go for a ride with you, I know it sucks having to return to the garage a third time but it's the best solution. Once the mechanic says he fixed it a third time, tell him you would like to road test it with him again just to verify the vibration is gone. This will ensure you wont have to return for a forth time.

      The noise you heard could have been anything from a rock kicking up from a tire, or a loose wheel weight falling off, or it could have been a tool the mechanic left in the engine compartment, what ever it was, it's gone now and you have a vibration. I don't think it was a bolt, nut, or anything major like the transmission failing, but it's hard to say without looking at it.

      So I recommend returning to the mechanic and verify it's fixed before you take it home. Let me know what happens Tom, I'm interested to find out what is causing the vibration, thanks and take care for now :)

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      tommy328 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie, how's it goin. Hope you can help me. Had a local garage replace our 1998 honda crv's auto transmission last week with a second hand one. Everything was fine till yesterday. While driving, I heard a like a bolt or nut (something metal)fell off then car steering wheel starts vibrating at 60kph. Brought it back to the garage, explained to the mechanic what happened. Later on the day, the mechanic told me that they've balanced the wheels and rotated the cv joint. Drove home but found out that the vibration is still there. I'm thinking maybe the transmission just died or center bearing issues perhaps. Any ideas? Thanks -Tom

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      Eddie Carrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daz,

      That is a hard lesson to learn, but one you will never forget. I wrote another article on cheap tires and where to do your home work when purchasing them, so before you buy new tires read this article at http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Tires.html

      I want to also thank you for the feedback, it really helps me to know if the advice I'm giving is helping people, and it helps other readers with similar problems, so thanks again Daz and I'll be looking forward to hearing back from you in a few months, take care :)

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      Dazza 5 years ago

      Hi Eddie thanks for your rapid response to my question. I have been back to the tyre shop today and the guys there where only to happy to help. They checked the rims and tyres which were fine and rebalanced the wheels again which were fine. They agree with you that the small vibration could be down to the fact that I opted for the budget tyres on the front which are Riken Maystorm2 b2 tyres. To be fair to them they did recommend that I fitted a more expensive quality tyre made by a quality brand when I opted for the cheap option. I asked the guy to come on a quick road test with me and he felt that the small vibration in the footwell and the road noise we could hear was due to the budget tyres on the front. I have a pair of Dunlop sp sport 9000 on the back that will need replacing in a couple of months. I have decided to leave the budget tyres on the front until the back tyres need replacing. If the front tyres are still causing a vibration then I will change all 4 tyres for good quality expensive tyres. I thought I was saving money by fitting the budget tyres but this was clearly a false economy! You shouldn't fit budget tyres to a £30k car! I have learned my lesson and will only fit good quality tyres from now on! I will come back to you in a couple of months when I'm due the back tyres and will let u know how I got on. Thanks for your help and have a great weekend. Daz

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