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Old 10-06-2012, 03:22 PM   #21
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Our roads in teh Uk are ferkin terrible. Collectively the UK driver pays about 40Billion in motoring taxes every year and only 4Billion gets spent on the road network. The rest goes into the government's pot to pay foreign and home grown deadbeats to sit on their lazy arses and breed. That's what happens when you let the socialists get a grip. They pay the dead beats to vote for them.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:18 AM   #22
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Update: As stated before, re-balancing the wheels has reduced the steering wheel vibration by 80-90%. However, I am still experiencing some through-the-seat vibrations. The vibration is noticeable starting at about 30mph. It increases in frequency with speed but is a little more tolerable at highway speeds. Since I don't have access to a lift or regular access to ramps or a jack, I'll probably have my local independent mechanic try to diagnose it. My guesses are either the old runflat tires are just beat up and out of shape, or it is a giubo, driveshaft bearing or rear drive axle issue.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:58 AM   #23
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Update on my case:

Closer examination of my rims by the shop, showed that 2 of them (front) are bent. The two in the back have slight distortions too. Highway near my house is under construction hence a lot of lane changes and resurfacing with bumps/dips etc. I presume that is the culprit.

I put the front wheels to the back for the time being while i get the fixed and the vibrations are reduced tremendously. Still a slight vibration (understandably). Will get these fixed asap. Just an update to others as an FYI.


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Old 10-19-2012, 08:39 AM   #24
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If you guys come up with any end results please keep them coming as I am having the same issue.

99 323 has 175k. I recently replaced my tie rods, front control arms and FCAB. Got an Alignment, tires balanced and rotated. Tires are only 6 months old and there is no irregular wear pattern. Front bearings were replaced about 40k ago and I have never replaced struts.

The car ran smooth before I pull the wrench out and started replacing everything.

I too am experiencing the vibration above 60mph. After alignment it still veered to right so I took it back. Right after balancing the front left had thrown a weight so I thought that would be my issue but I had them rebalanced and the steering wheel vibration is still there, although it does seem to disappear at times.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:52 PM   #25
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Have to disagree about alignment not causing a shake. I just replaced CABS, control arms and ball joints, Put new tires on and had them balanced on round wheels. The car had a noticeable shake in the steering wheel between 60 to 65 mph. Had it aligned and presto smooth as butter no shake what so ever. There are many reason for wheel shake and alignment is one of them.
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