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Steering wheel vibration
« on: October 02, 2017, 19:31:55 PM »
Hi all,

Been some time since I posted anything... sorry for that.

I've been working on my Calibra due to feeling vibration on the steering wheel. Well, I call it vibration, but it really is that I feel every small pit in the road... and it pulls on the wheel.

What's been recently changed: tie rods, tie rod ends, drop links, lower arms (all on both sides). Thought that all parts were of good quality (German brands like Meyle and Lemförder).

The shocks and top mounts are still fine I think... recovers really well after any road change, no visible leaks, no noises and passes MOT each time.

Pretty much out of options? Any further advice welcome as always to keep my Cali running :)

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2017, 20:38:04 PM »
Does it get more noticeable when you brake?
If so it could be warped discs.
Common problem with aftermarket discs.
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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2017, 21:29:42 PM »
Hmm I will try to pay some attention to braking.
I think the discs are still original and have quite some wear to it.

Would that relate to feeling each and every pothole while driving (not braking) though?

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2017, 23:08:07 PM »
When the disks get thin they can start to warp a bit.
I wouldn't have thought it would affect the road feeling though.
not sure what else to suggest  :-\
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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2017, 23:13:23 PM »
Ok no worries... I'm also thinking of getting another alignment done. Will report back.

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2017, 09:35:18 AM »
I had issues with vibration under braking (worse at low speeds) until I found and replaced a cracked ABS sensor ring. Worth checking...

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2017, 10:35:22 AM »
You can try jacking the front end up and checking for play in the steering or wheel bearing by rocking the wheels left to right and top to bottom.
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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 17:58:56 PM »
Hi, thanks. I did this the other day and could not feel any play... neither any noise from the bearings while spinning the wheels.

Could this come from tramlining?

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2017, 18:12:36 PM »
Not sure, iv never noticed anything like it on mine. :-\
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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2017, 19:26:33 PM »
Hi guys

Been thinking......I would remove both front wheels and check the tyre side walls for a possible bulge....even the smallest abnormality can transmit through up to the steering wheel.

If the tyres pass.... then I would start with the lower arms and bushes etc  and carefully inspect components right up to the top suspension......even double checking the items that have been worked on and replaced.

Hope you find the culprit soon

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2017, 21:31:59 PM »
Thanks all. I have replaced the drop links with other ones (the other new ones didn't go on well), but to no avail...

I think the bushings of the lowers arms near the wheel hubs are gone. The rubber protection of the ball joint looks to have a hole.

I also started hearing a rumbling noise from the front right side... think the bearings are buggered too...

It will go to the garage for a full check, then go for an alignment... will report back!

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 10:41:31 AM »
Hi all, did not yet manage to get the car to the shop for a check.

Did have some time to disconnect the lower arm bushings (balljoint) near the wheel hub. The rubber on these is pretty 'flat' and think the grease must be gone. The balljoints feel really stiff.

I suppose this being too stiff transfers the road vibrations directly to the steering wheel, right?

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2017, 18:42:19 PM »
Yeah right

It's a bit like that kids song.........."Your knee bone is connected to your thigh bone....etc etc. Well done for your investigation thus far 8)

Keep us informed because your findings and cure can help other members if and when they get similar problems. Thankyou  :)


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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2017, 23:56:28 PM »
Hi all, did not yet manage to get the car to the shop for a check.

Did have some time to disconnect the lower arm bushings (balljoint) near the wheel hub. The rubber on these is pretty 'flat' and think the grease must be gone. The balljoints feel really stiff.

I suppose this being too stiff transfers the road vibrations directly to the steering wheel, right?
Sound like this could be your problem, if the grease has gone it wont be long before the joints will be gone so if you can get some grease in them then it should at least make a difference to your problem.
They may be 'greased for life' ones which just means you cant re-grease them and have to buy new ones  >:(  - More money for the part manufacturers lol
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