So I've had some vibration in the steering wheel at speeds between about 55 and 70. I rotated the tires and the issue stayed exactly the same. I'm thinking it might not be a balance issue because of that. Though I have considered getting it balanced, I'm torn between getting a regular balance or a road-force balance.
Anyway though, outside of balance issues, what would be the leading culprit for things that could cause that vibration, paired with clunky noises going over bumps? I've been told to check out the bushings, and I have a few picks I can share with you guys to help me decide if they're worn out or not, but since they're so cheap on RockAuto, I figure I can afford to buy them and replace them and go from there. I was thinking of doing control arm bushings first, then the stabilizer bar bushings.
So what do you guys think? Is that the right course of action, or does anyone else have an idea for a cheaper/easier fix that they've seen work?
Thank you in advance for your time and help with this!
I had a similar issue to this, turns out it was a tie rod.. On suspension issues like this if I'm stumped..I'll go to Firestone and use a coupon for the $10 inspection..they'll always tell you that you need shocks and struts and then they'll tell you the issue.
I believe that 10 inspection also comes with a balance and/or rotate.
They'll ask you if you have had any issues, let them know about the vibration.
After they are done looking it over they'll tell you what they think you need, just be nice and say that you would like some time to think it over.
Now, what I usually do is do a google search for them in my area and go with the one with the best rating because they can be hit and miss.
I just mention firestone because they are a chain that is near by, I'm sure you can do the same thing at other chains/franchises, the firestone near me only employs ASE certified. the labor is usually pretty expensive and they have a high markup on the parts, so I would not get the labor done there, just the troubleshooting.
I believe there's a company called NTB that will also do inspections for cheap or free, though I haven't had any experiece with them.
Hopefully this helps. It's a method I've used so that I can still do the labor myself even if I'm stumped on the troubleshooting side of things.