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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2014 Thread Starter
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Steering Wheel Vibration

Hi guys. After switching to aftermarket wheels with new tires, I have noticed vibration in the steering wheel when driving on the freeway (there is no way that this steering wheel shaking is normal). I had the tires balanced with a hunter road force machine, but I still feel the vibration. What do you think is wrong? Thanks.

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Is it actually a full-out wobble, or just a really hard and fast shake?

A wobble that throws your wheel left and right is a fairly big issue... Normally to do with the tightening of the lug-nuts.

A rapid shake could be something as small as needing a balance on one or more wheels (weights can sometimes fall off, due to many factors... Dropping the tire too hard, catching curbs, etc).

does your car have hub-centric rings and if so, did you make sure all the hub-centric rings were on the wheels before installing them on the car? If you're missing a hub ring, it's possible the wheel isn't perfectly centered.

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Look at the base of the wheels studs at every corner. There is a speed-clip that holds the brake rotors in place on the assembly line. Factory wheels have a relief in the backside to accomodate the speed-clip, many aftermarket wheels do not. Simply remove and re-install your wheels, enjoy!

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If the problem just started after the new tires/wheels I would first look for a missing weight. You should be able to tell where a weight used to be. If not, rotate the front tires to the back and see if the problem follows. If it does, you will now feel a vibration in the body of the vehicle which would point to a bad tire and/or wheel. If rotating the tires makes no difference, then you have something going on with the front end. I have seen tire shops install new tires with impact guns with no regard to torque values. If the wheel is over torqued and/or not torqued evenly, it will distort the brake rotor thus causing the vibration you're describing.
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Kn7671 says speed clip. It is very common issue. Check this first.

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I definitely removed the clips.

My vibration is best described as the steering wheel vibrating by turning back and forth from left to right, but very very quickly, and very slightly, but visually noticeable, and obviously you can feel it while driving.

Thanks for the input guys!
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I suggest jacking up the front of the car just enough to lift the tire off the ground, then spin the wheel/tire by hand, and while spinning, get down eye level with the top of the tire and look for an out of round condition. Most tires will be a little out of round, but if you see something odd, like a sudden dip or flat spot, you'll know it. when done with that, turn the the steering wheel so the tire surface is pointing out, then hand spin again and watch the tread to make sure it is rolling straight. Sometimes I've seen tires that didn't not seat correctly on the wheels in one spot, or that were molded wrong, causing the tread to have a wobble.

Lastly, if you spot a wobble or high/low spot in the tires, there is also a possibility that you may have wheels that are out of round, which will need to have the tire dismounted and checked and measured.

Which brand and model of wheels and tires did you get? Some tires may appear to be a great value, but the issue you're left with could be cheaply made tires. I can tell you that Michelin tires are probably some of the truest running tires you can buy, and if the issue turns out to be the tires, replace them with Michelin.

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