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Old 06-15-2009, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default Steering wheel shakes at about 68+ MPH

I hadn't taken my car out at highway speeds (65+) for a few months, but we took it to Milwaukee over the weekend and I was surprised to have the steering wheel shaking and vibrating once I hit about 68 MPH. It would only do it at or above that speed. Regardless of acceleration or breaking. Breaking was smooth regardless of speed.

My understanding is it could be tires, wheel bearings, but any other suggestions would be helpful.

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Old 06-15-2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steering wheel shakes at about 68+ MPH

First, check both inside and outside of your wheels and see if you might have lost a wheel weight.
Next, run your hand around your tire tread area, you are looking for any bulge in the tire or possible belt separation (very common) and be sure the wheel is clean inside and out, mud and crud will throw balance out too.

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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It's possible that the tread wear on the inside is more severe than on the outside. Or vice versa. I've seen it so bad that the outside looked new and the inside was bald. Lack of rotation and alignment will surely do it. You may want to take that in consideration next time you have the car up on jack stands.

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Old 06-15-2009, 01:02 PM   #4
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Default Re: Steering wheel shakes at about 68+ MPH

I'll take a look, she's about due for an oil change, so I'll just take em all off and see.

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