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Old 04-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Question vibration in steering wheel

just had front end aligned about a month ago haven't had any problems 50 other day I drove it and it drove fine, wife took car to work and on way home it started vibrating I drove it and it seem to get worse I changed front wheels to the back seem to help a little I got under the car and check everything but couldn't see anything wrong anyone know what might be going on
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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Loose wheel lugs
Bent rim
Unbalanced tires
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:40 AM   #3
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One or more of your tires may also have radial/lateral runout.

Since you moved the front wheels to the back, it became less noticeable through the steering.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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Possibly front control arm bushings or a sticky front brake caliper.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:47 AM   #5
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The first thing that you should do is check the lug bolts. Then go from there.

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Old 04-12-2012, 07:07 AM   #6
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What rims do you have on?
Today I learnt something new today, I been using e39 rims for the last few month the vibration at highway speed was killing me.
I found the problem: Hub Centre Bore Size difference
E46 use 72.56mm
E39 use 74 mm

My wheels are basically banging around on the axle.

I just bought a set of HUB CENTRIC RINGS and finally will be able to solve this god damned problem.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:32 AM   #7
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OP, everyone has given some good guesses so far. But these are just guesses, cause personally it seems like you need to give a bit more detail. Do you feel it when accelerating? When driving over a certain speed? While breaking, during turns, etc? Be a bit more specific about where in the car you feel it and when and then people can take a few more educated guesses instead of just throwing stuff out there.

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I guess really worn wheel bearing or brakes/rotors only because nobody else has...
Again we are mostly all guessing... you need to jack up the car, check all is stiff. Check the brakes, is one hot??

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