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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-28-2006, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Steering wheel shakes at approx 60

I been having an issue with my steering wheel asking approx 60mph. Still doing the same after the alingment, what else to look into that could be causing it
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Out-of-round tires.
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Out of round tires as Groucho said -- although some people have said the problem is with the brake rotors. Can't imagine that to be the case, though, as that would cause pulsation under braking.

Try moving the front tires to the back -- and see if the problem changes any. If it does -- it's your rubber.
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I get the same problem with my '04 M6. If I go above or below 60mph by 5-10 mph, it stops shaking. I have Exclaim UHP tires all around (the previous owner's choice, not mine). I thought it was a normal thing with the car, but if it's not please let me know.
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Have the tires been balanced since they were mounted?
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If you have an 04, alot of them were shipped with a bad batch of tires. If this is the propblem that you have you'll need to have a Hunter force balance done on them. A typical balance will not solve the problem. I had to have one done by the dealer the day I picked up the car in March 04. This problem was exactly like you stated, steering wheel shakes at 60 or 65 mph, and many cars had this problem

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I am a master mechanic and work at a tire shop. I hope this information can help everyone. If your vibration is below 30 mph it is separated, above 30 it is balance. If the vibration is in the steering wheel, it is the front tires. If it is in the body or seats, it is the rear. Vibration under acceleration only is the drive shaft bolts loose(happened twice to me). Warped rotors will vibrate under braking only. An alignment issue will never cause a vibration. The alignment should be checked every 12,000 miles. I recommend purchasing a lifetime warranty alignment. A pull will not cause tire wear. It is the things you don't feel (toe and camber) that cause wear. With the high caster on these cars, I recommend rotating the tires at least every 3,000 miles. This will reduce the chances of the front tires cupping and having edge wear. It will also keep the rear tires from wearing out in the center as much. This is also a good time to check the oil level. With synthetic oil, you can loose as much as 4 quarts of oil over a 6,000 mile time frame. If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]

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I am a master mechanic and work at a tire shop. I hope this information can help everyone. If your vibration is below 30 mph it is separated, above 30 it is balance. If the vibration is in the steering wheel, it is the front tires. If it is in the body or seats, it is the rear. Vibration under acceleration only is the drive shaft bolts loose(happened twice to me). Warped rotors will vibrate under braking only. An alignment issue will never cause a vibration. The alignment should be checked every 12,000 miles. I recommend purchasing a lifetime warranty alignment. A pull will not cause tire wear. It is the things you don't feel (toe and camber) that cause wear. With the high caster on these cars, I recommend rotating the tires at least every 3,000 miles. This will reduce the chances of the front tires cupping and having edge wear. It will also keep the rear tires from wearing out in the center as much. This is also a good time to check the oil level. With synthetic oil, you can loose as much as 4 quarts of oil over a 6,000 mile time frame. If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected]

Good information....

Vibrations can also come from bad CV joints and loose or worn wheel bearings. Obviously older vehicles would be more prone to these issues...




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New tires tomorrow I'll see how it goes
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New tires, still shakes, still pulls
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