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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-27-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Vibration in Steering Wheel

hey everyone..hopefully someone can help here...i have an 08 cobalt ls 2.2l auto...with 100,000 on it..bought with 53,000 on it...anyway been noticing some vibration in my steering wheel at speeds of 60-70mph...i had the tires checked/rotated by the dealer...i put new aftermarket slotted rotors and brakes on it around 63k because they were warped....even when the car is sitting and running i can take the steering wheel and wiggle it back and forth and there is some play and i can hear like a clunking noise....almost same noise at higher speeds when the vibration is kicking in...

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Your tie rod ends could be loose or bad.

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i wouldnt count on tie rods to begin with, but they well maybe due for some new ones. Lets start off simple. Have you had your tires rotated and correct balance weights from a hunter "static" balancer?

The reason why I say this cause my balt had the same exact issue, turned out to be 2.5 ounces overweighted per wheel on the hunter machine...runs like a champ now with hi-low hits, but no vibration atm.

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Since he had the tires checked and rotated I was assuming they were balanced... Were they balanced Robbieholtz?

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And unbalanced tires won't cause play in steering or cause noises at a stop while turning the wheel back and forth. But unbalanced tires will cause vibration in the steering wheel at high speeds.

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Vibrations at 60-70 is definitely a tire problem, bad balancing, bent rim, scalloping or even broken belts. Clunking noise is probably inner tie-rod or intwermediate shaft U joint.

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Thanks everyone for the posts!!! im going to price some new tires...surely 190/60/r15 tires arent too bad....tires aren't all the way gone but i drove 140 miles daily and it wouldnt hurt.....i understand the vibration/tire issue...was just wondering if anyone else has experienced that play in the steering wheel and the clunking noise...tie rod ends...expensive?? easy to replace??
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Thanks everyone for the posts!!! im going to price some new tires...surely 190/60/r15 tires arent too bad....tires aren't all the way gone but i drove 140 miles daily and it wouldnt hurt.....i understand the vibration/tire issue...was just wondering if anyone else has experienced that play in the steering wheel and the clunking noise...tie rod ends...expensive?? easy to replace??
Not too expensive to have both tie rods replaced, hopefully the outer tie rod, which most of us here have probably replaced before. I believe they go for under $40 (ALLDATA) and require .6 labor hours on each side.

ensure that whomever is balancing your tires, that their properly doing it correctly as well...Tire Kingdom is known to have some clumsy techs. I would highly encourage a company whom you choose to have new tires balanced a hunter machine. Those are the best in wheel balancing and your steering shake is caused from static imbalanced (high speeds, hwys) tires.

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Just dropped the car off at the tire shop...getting 4 new Michelin tires put on...one of the best tires they sell...so we will see later today!!! they are going to check everything else out also...alignment...etc....
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Yea .6 sounds right for tie rod ends if you do change them I would go with the moog with grease fittings. That's what I have and a lot of others too. I changed mine at 90000. Hopefully your new tires will do you good.

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Like 5t3alth said the machine they use to balance matters a lot. I had my tires balanced by a local shop then went to the dealer and the balance by the dealer fixed the vibration.

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Are you thinking endlinks and saying tie rod ends again?!


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