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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2017, 23:53:47 PM »
I need to get my wheels balanced...
its just getting round to it   ;)
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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2017, 23:07:55 PM »
Have a quick question: how badly does a slight misalignment still cause a steering wobble/pull when driving over potholes?

I hear a slight rattle from the suspension... worn shocks play a role?

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2017, 02:17:09 AM »
Surprisingly a lot

Once the geometry is effected problems like noise....poor ride quality will be amplified several fold.......if it is so bad as to feel bumps ..etc through the steering wheel and components it will only get worse when driving faster

You also have the what I call the "Aggro" syndrome.....i.e....the more you become aware of it the more it annoys the brain.

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2017, 23:23:52 PM »
Had the alignment done but unfortunately it is still there...

Here is a list of things changed: tie rods, tie rod ends, lower arm ball joints and arb drop links.
Drop links were of type MOOG, the rest of type Meyle/Lemförder.

Still got me scratching my head...

Could it be some steering wheel play?
Having a slight doubt about the MOOG parts... though should I feel that also when cornering (which is fine)?

I noticed the shop took the alignment setup of a C25XE, not C20NE... does that play a role?

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #19 on: Today at 09:34:41 »
Hi all,

Recently got my front wheel with new tyres, wheels rebalanced and re-aligned for a second time, but to no avail...

This is what I'm seeing when the wheels are slightly off the ground:

http://www.icone-music.be/files/Calibra/FrontLeftWheel.mp4
http://www.icone-music.be/files/Calibra/FrontRightWheel.mp4

Not sure what I need to think of this... Probably wheels are not round (?) but VERY hard to see anything on the metal rims by eye... Or could this be created by something else?

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #20 on: Today at 11:00:05 »
This must be sending you up the wall.  >:(

The cost goes up and up and you just seam to be chucking money at it.........but sadly this will continue .......unless someone can pinpoint the problem.

There are only two possibilities I can offer but it is only a guess.............One is perhaps wheel bearing damage or collapse.............or Two

The drive shafts have bent out of true and are not straight.......with the amount of potholes we have to drive over each year it is these items i.e.

Suspension, ball joints, lower arms, wheel bearings that take a battering.


Finally if the wheel bearings and drive shafts ar ruled out then the problem could be down to ...the wheel hubs .......I say this because your video

Shows a definite uneven rotation.......could also be as you mentioned the wheels are not geometricaly round.

From your video evidence I hope you solve this agrivating problem......Good Luck.

I forgot to also check the Cv joints both sides.


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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #21 on: Today at 13:21:14 »
Yeah it is darn frustrating!

Besides looking at how the wheels spin, are there any other telltale signs of either bearing or drive shaft failures?

My gut tells me to look at the bearings since the wheel also feels shimmy when driving uneven roads...

I have new bearings and drive shafts on order, going to look for seombody that can fit them now :)

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Re: Steering wheel vibration
« Reply #22 on: Today at 13:32:18 »
Ah forgot to mention: when I let the car slide down the driveway without the engine started, or press the clutch during driving, the steering wheel shimminess remains... not sure if that reinforces my gut feeling its more related to the bearings.

The car has always vibrated a little on its own on idle which was very bearable... I did pointed that more towards some play or so in the driveshafts.