!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Steering wheel shaking with new tires, HELP !!!!!!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jp, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. jp

    jp Guest

    I just installed 2 new tires on the front of my New Yorker, since I had a
    gash on one of the old ones and couldnt get it fixed. After taking it to the
    shop and had the tires mounted and balanced, now it sakes in between 40 and
    50 MPH. other than that, it is fine. I don't think it can be balancing, coz
    it'll shake at what ever speed, am I right?
    Should I take my car back to them, or can it just be the new Yokahama tires
    starting to break-in ? Thanks.
    jp, Jul 30, 2003
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    Bill Putney Guest

    If it's not a out-of-round tire or balance problem, a bent (usually
    steel) wheel can cause that. Best way to check is have the tire shop
    unmount the tires and carefully watch the wheel rim edges for any
    detectable side-to-side and up-down motion while it spins on the
    balancing machine.

    Also make sure no suspension components are worn/loose.

    Good luck.

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with "x")
    Bill Putney, Jul 30, 2003
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    Tipsy Guest

    An out of balance axel can cause that too
    Tipsy, Jul 30, 2003
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    jp Guest

    Just to add to my first post, my car was rining perfectly fine before my
    flat. And it does not have a steel rim, it has custom/aftermarket
    "fiberglass" rims. Thanks.
    jp, Jul 31, 2003
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Then it sounds like it must be bad tires, bad balance, are imporper istallation.

    Try rotating the tires around and see if the nature of the shake changes -
    certainly if the new tires are the problem and you move them to the rear, the
    steering wheel shake will go away and tell you if the new tires are the
    problem. If the steering wheel still shakes with the new ones on the rear, then
    the problem is not the tires.

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my address with
    Bill Putney, Jul 31, 2003
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    RickMerrill Guest

    If you had a blowout [e.g. torn tire, not just a "flat"] you could
    have easily damaged [bent] the rims, especially a fiberglass one!

    Also, a small garage might have done a static "balancing", not a
    dynamic balancing and the new tires "might" have a side to side
    balance issue, not just an axial balance issue.

    A blowout could also have affected your front end alignment. Take
    it to a front end shop.

    And as a previous poster said, check the
    rims - if bad they'd have to be replaced, AFAIK. - RM
    RickMerrill, Jul 31, 2003
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    Steve Guest

    I've had tire shops completely screw up a balance job before. Sometimes
    it may be the balancing machine out of calibration, sometimes operator
    error. And sometimes, a wheel weight comes off because it wasn't
    installed correctly. I'd take it back and have them check the balance,
    and if its not that I'd guess a defective tire. Tires don't need to
    "break in" but sometimes they have internal flaws that make them wobble
    the steering wheel.
    Steve, Jul 31, 2003
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