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Old 11-30-2017, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default What's causing this vibration???

I'll try to describe this as best I can. You know how some highways have rumble strips by the shoulder to alert drivers who stray off the road by causing a noisy and bumpy sensation? My Vue seems to act like it is hitting rumble strips on an off-&-on basis. Not as violent as real strips. I notice it when I am on I-95 doing 65 +/- mph. It's smooth for a couple seconds then vibrates for a couple, smooth for a couple then vibrates for a couple, and so on. Not sure what else I can say to describe it other than to say I feel the source seems to originate for the passenger side. Maybe. It never goes away. I presume it is there as slower speeds too but, with the crappy, bumpy roads around here, I don't notice it.

Anyone else had this happen or know what might be causing it? Or how to fix it?

Just in case my Vue info is not showing, I have a 2004 AWD with the Honda V-6 and transmission. About 73,500 miles. Changed tranny fluid in Sept 2016 (at 67,522 mi.) Right-side Axle shaft in October 2016 (at 67,873 mi.) New front brake pads & rotors in May 2017 ( at 70,103 mi.)
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: What's causing this vibration???

It could be any number of things; tires, brakes, steering, suspension drive line, transmission, even body/frame Was the vehicle ever involved in a wreck? Even what appears to be a minor one can affect the frame, or cause other problems.
The only way to find out is get the vehicle off the ground and check everything hub to hub and let us know what you find and see.
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: What's causing this vibration???

Cheesesteak,
Have you looked at the center support bearing, changed the fluid in the RDM, or in the transfer case? How about wheel bearings? Another couple of things that I would look at, the U-joints in the rear drive shaft. And on center support bearing.. Don't let soft rubber around it fool you... One way to diagnose anything in the drive shaft, pull it...the car will still run fine, but if noise stops, than you have a starting point.


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Old 12-03-2017, 09:43 AM   #4
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Thanks to the two of you that replied. I probably should have noted that I have limited mechanic experience and do not have a garage. (Live in a condo).

I read several other posts using 'vibration' as the search word. Many 'cures' point to needed wheel balancing. These posts seem to always describe a steady vibration. Because my vibration fades in & out over & over again, I thought the wheels shouldn't be the first place to look. Is it possible for the shudder to be cause by unbalanced wheels AND be fine one second and then bumpy the next?

I have recently noted that the vibration does not come thru the steering wheel. Maybe this fact helps with diagnosing the problem? I'd prefer NOT going to the mechanic's shop and giving them a blank check to go nuts checking dozens of things if I can avoid it.
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Old 12-12-2017, 04:43 PM   #5
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Thanks to the two of you that replied. I probably should have noted that I have limited mechanic experience and do not have a garage. (Live in a condo).

I read several other posts using 'vibration' as the search word. Many 'cures' point to needed wheel balancing. These posts seem to always describe a steady vibration. Because my vibration fades in & out over & over again, I thought the wheels shouldn't be the first place to look. Is it possible for the shudder to be cause by unbalanced wheels AND be fine one second and then bumpy the next?

I have recently noted that the vibration does not come thru the steering wheel. Maybe this fact helps with diagnosing the problem? I'd prefer NOT going to the mechanic's shop and giving them a blank check to go nuts checking dozens of things if I can avoid it.
Really difficult to say. But, you cannot rule out wheel balancing. If two wheels on the same end (front or back) are both slightly out of balance, they may sometimes cancel each other out. Go around a turn (one wheel had to roll further than the other) and the canceling out might stop and let the wobble show through.


Wheel balancing is relatively inexpensive. I'd try that first. After that, it gets into mechanical stuff. Our 2004 V6 Vue 2wd has had both front wheel bearings fail.


Odd thing happened with our wheel bearing issue. Long before the wheel bearing started making noticeable noise our ABS brake function stopped working - blinking ABS light. Still relatively safe to drive - just had conventional brakes. As it turns out, when we had the wheel bearing replaced we asked our shop to quote fixing the ABS. They said, to let them do the wheel bearing and see if that fixed it. Apparently, the wheel speed sensors for the ABS system are extremely finicky. The very slight wobble in the axle from the worn bearing through the sensor off. Since the ABS couldn't tell how fast the axle was spinning it disabled itself. Replacing the bearing fixed the ABS.
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Default Re: What's causing this vibration???

Get all four wheels/tires/ road force balanced. This means they the tires are put under standard pressure while being balanced, not just spun in the air. If that doesn't help. have them check the wheel bearings. This can be hard to diagnose even by the best of them, but they should use a stethoscope to attempt to determine which, if any, might be bad (assuming that it isn't easy to find). Note that on the AWD model a bad bearing on the front driver's side wheel can sound like a bad transmission, so be aware.

It's also possible you have a bad tire. Sometimes they can de-laminate internally and you have no way to tell without unmounting the tire.
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