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Old 10-06-2003, 03:06 PM   #1
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What would cause a slight vibration in the steering wheel when driving over 50mph??
brand new tires, alignment, and balancing. Also.. my brakes and rotors are in good shape?? its not bad just a slight vibration in the steering wheel or is this just normal depending on road quality?>
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with decent road and new tires, alignment, balance you shouldnt feel anything at anyspeed.

maybe warped rotor?

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Maybe poor tire pressure?
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i just remembered,

jack up your front end and grap the tire and see if theres any play, i did this when i started getting vibration a few months ago and found out i have a loose steering tie rod. wheel bareing is a possibility as well.
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Could it be from the engine?
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Was this doing it before the new tires?

A vibration in the steering wheel at speeds over 50mph send off alarm bells to me. That is a perfect example of a bad balancing job on one of the front tires or possibly a bad tire itself. Remember, the people putting new tires on are not mechanics for the most part. This kid usually gets paid min wage or even per tire.

If you want to check your tie rods well, keep the car on the ground and crawl under enough that you can grab the tie rod. Have a buddy just turn the key to run, but not start. He will then move the steering wheel back and forth just enough that it is not actually going to turn the wheel but take up any slack in the steering (looseness). If you feel the tie rod loose, grad the outer tie rod end at the spindle. If it is bad there it will raise up slightly as the wheel is turned. If the outer is tight then it is the inner. Now you have a more expensive repair because of the alignment. An imbalance of the tires can wreck front end parts quickly.

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