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I asked about this before. But, my local shop checked everything when I had a tire put on and said it looks good. Ball joints, tie rods and all.

My dad mentioned that maybe I just need a full alignment job done and that should fix it. Now, he has been working on cars since he was 15(62 now) so I have to admit he should know a thing or 2. Anyone have steering wheel vibration that was fixed by a full alignment job?
 

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when does the wheel shake? Mine wobbles a little when i stomp on the brakes but thats about it
At about 60mph. Someone said check the ball joints and tie rods. But they checked them out when I had to buy a new tire, and said they where fine. And we all know they would lie and say it all needed replaced if they could...so it must not be that.

Someone also mentioned a bent/warped rotor. But, again, they check it for me and said it was fine.

Only thing I haven't had looked at or done is a full alainment job. So, was wondering who thinks this may be the cause.
 

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make sure all of your wheels are spinning straight and not wobbling back and forth. This was the problem on my car. Have someone take a close look at them while your driving (or point your rear view mirrors down so you can watch the rears as you drive). All of your lugs may by tight, but if the wheel isnt bolted "flush" up against the hub it could create the wobble im talking about.

Do you have spacers or adapters? this was the culprit in my case
 

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Yeah check your tires for any uneven wear. It might just be unbalanced tires if you said they checked the suspension already. Also bent rims would do the same. How bad is it and do you feel the steering wheel wobble more or your seat? I'm pretty sure they would have checked if the wheel bearing was loose too while checking suspension. An alignment all around most likely wouldn't stop the vibration if there was something loose or vibrating to begin with.
 

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Yeah check your tires for any uneven wear. It might just be unbalanced tires if you said they checked the suspension already. Also bent rims would do the same. How bad is it and do you feel the steering wheel wobble more or your seat? I'm pretty sure they would have checked if the wheel bearing was loose too while checking suspension. An alignment all around most likely wouldn't stop the vibration if there was something loose or vibrating to begin with.
I think I may replace the tie rods just incase, it is an 03. So they have had wear. Then redo the bearings and have an alignment done and see what happens.

The rims, not sure of. I need to take a look at that. And I feel it 99% in the steering wheel, if that helps any. It is a very odd thing I can say that. As a shop will lie anytime they can to get you to repair something (even if not needed) and my shop looked and said it was fine. Just do not want anything breaking at 60mph...:m_eyeup:
 

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do you by any chance hear screeching? or grinding? if so ..that may be your bearing...if you turn and it pops...its your bearing... my tib does the same.. but that scause i have a bad hub and bearing..i replaced the bearing twice and i cant get it to work fine..my hub is so messed its just messing up the bearings within two weeks...then back to square one..im in the process of finding my hubs..but with my luck...03's dont fit my 05 :| ! anyways those are my two cents.
 

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Make sure the tires are balanced well. Another thing worth mentioning is the struts. I had a car that had a strut go out and while driving near 50-60 the wobbling feeling was very noticeable. Eventually the tires broke loose from the car (at least one of the supports which keeps the back tire straight broke in half under the strain). So yeah make sure that those are good cause that was the problem in my old car. It was a 1997 Chevy Lumina in case you are wondering. Good luck with everything.
 

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Make sure the tires are balanced well. Another thing worth mentioning is the struts. I had a car that had a strut go out and while driving near 50-60 the wobbling feeling was very noticeable. Eventually the tires broke loose from the car (at least one of the supports which keeps the back tire straight broke in half under the strain). So yeah make sure that those are good cause that was the problem in my old car. It was a 1997 Chevy Lumina in case you are wondering. Good luck with everything.
Yea, I'm going to do an alignment followed by tie rods and struts. It's a 03, so needed or not, it is a safe bet they are worn. No popping, but still will check bearings.
 

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Yea, I'm going to do an alignment followed by tie rods and struts. It's a 03, so needed or not, it is a safe bet they are worn. No popping, but still will check bearings.
If your going to throw parts at it, especially parts that would affect the alignment. It'd be better to do the parts first then the alignment.
 

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If your going to throw parts at it, especially parts that would affect the alignment. It'd be better to do the parts first then the alignment.
Well yes, but 1st thing is 1st. Check everything mentioned out at home before I buy anything.
 

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Check and recheck the tire balance. If the balance on the tires were not done right... its going to cause vibrations. When you installed the new tire they may not have installed the weights correctly. Or one of the weights could of fallen off. Before major work I will double check the tire balance.
 

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Ya know, many alignment shops often offer a free pre-alignment check. You may want to find a couple other shops, nothing against the first shop but sometimes things get overlooked or missed. Also sometimes vibrations can be incredibly difficult to track down, that's why theres such thing as NVH specialists.
 

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A vibration in the steering wheel is going to be related to the front of the vehicle. 9 times out of 10, if not more, it's a tire and/or wheel problem. Ball joints, tie rods, struts, bearings, they typically don't cause a vibration until they are on the verge of coming apart. If you don't have the equipment or want to take it to a shop to check the wheel balance, bent wheels, or out of round tires, you can rotate the tires yourself and see if it changes. An out of balance tire or bent wheel on the rear is going to cause a vibration in you ***, especially if you are in the back seat. All 4 could be out of balance, or have bent wheels, so rotating them won't be 100% fool proof, but if it does change, for the better, or worse, you know you have problems with the wheels, and/or tires.
 

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i actually had a vibration in my tiburon once, turns out the factory lateral link bar had stripped the threads out and was causing the rear tire to wobble at speed.
 

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At about 60mph. Someone said check the ball joints and tie rods. But they checked them out when I had to buy a new tire, and said they where fine. And we all know they would lie and say it all needed replaced if they could...so it must not be that.

Someone also mentioned a bent/warped rotor. But, again, they check it for me and said it was fine.

Only thing I haven't had looked at or done is a full alainment job. So, was wondering who thinks this may be the cause.
I just started having this problem today. I went to a friends place and got a new tire put on my rim. the air compressor and tire machine were being difficult and either the tire isnt sitting flush on the rim or the wheel itself isnt sitting flush b/c don't you have too torque the lugnuts when you put your tire on?
idk but my tire being flat drove better than this- i cant go past 6-mph now w/o it shaking erraticaly and it almost feels like my wheel IS wobbling and about to fall off. scary kinda. We checked my tire for holes or a rim leak, but couldn't even find it. i have no idea why my tire kept going flat every 3 days if there were no holes or rim leak. the rim doesnt look bent or anything...

as for the rotors, idk b/c I have to change those but i dont think that was even the problem b/c it was driving perfectly fine with my other tire that was leaking. My alignment has been way off beforehand so I didn't think that was the cause either.
 

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Was the wheel balanced correctly? Yes it's always a good practice to torque wheels down. I usually do 95-110 ft. lbs. of torque just to be on the safe side. As for your small leak here's a tip, air it up and use some Windex window cleaner and lightly spray around all places of the tire that seals against the rim including the valve core and at suspecting visual holes or damage on the tread and side walls. Windex seeps through the small leaks better than water and starts to visually bubble up indicating theres a leak in that area.
 

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Was the wheel balanced correctly? Yes it's always a good practice to torque wheels down. I usually do 95-110 ft. lbs. of torque just to be on the safe side. As for your small leak here's a tip, air it up and use some Windex window cleaner and lightly spray around all places of the tire that seals against the rim including the valve core and at suspecting visual holes or damage on the tread and side walls. Windex seeps through the small leaks better than water and starts to visually bubble up indicating theres a leak in that area.
We did this, but it may have been we overlooked it because of how dark it was outside doing this with a flashlight.. but we soaked it and it didn't show any signs of a leak and we all couldn't figure it out. There weren't any nails inside it or anything. But I just got a decent used tire for now until the end of the month when I can get a brand new set of tires for the front. :)
I kept my old tire b/c I need it for warrantee purposes when it comes to get the new tires..

i will find out today whats going on..
 

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My 03' tiburon has also been doing this for awhile now when i go over 60 mph so when anyone finds a fix or what the issue definitely is, would really help if you let me know and i will do the same.
Thanks!
 
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