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Old 04-15-2018, 10:32 PM   #1
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OK. I've been getting an intermittent problem. About 5 times now, for no discernible reason, I'll get a pretty noticeable shimmy in the steering wheel. Then it goes away, again for no reason. Last time I noticed it, the right side front brake was also dragging. Today, again, no problem. No shimmy, brakes are fine. My mechanic said it sounds like a wheel bearing. Anybody else ever experience this? Between episodes the car drives fine.

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Old 04-16-2018, 11:11 AM   #2
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Anybody else ever experience this? Between episodes the car drives fine.
Yes - I had this happen on my '07. Turned out to be bad brake hose. A dragging brake pad would heat up and warp the rotor which caused some serious shimmy. Maybe your problem is intermittent because the trapped brake line pressure bleeds off enough to reduce brake pad drag? Yours definitely doesn't sound like wheel bearing symptoms.

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Old 04-16-2018, 11:38 AM   #3
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Was it the flexible hose that goes from the brake line to the caliper?

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Old 04-16-2018, 11:49 AM   #4
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when it happens.. check the caliper/rotor.. it will be really, really hot if the hose is an issue.. or if the caliper is freezing.....
I would be incline to think a bearing problem would be noticeable all the time.. . and may be more or less pronounced when making a turn...

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Old 04-16-2018, 12:01 PM   #5
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Was it the flexible hose that goes from the brake line to the caliper?
Yes - I've had them all fail on my '03 and '07. The first sign of a bad wheel bearing is the humming or droning sound. They typically don't cause any shimmy or vibration.
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:23 PM   #6
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they can cause some bad vibrations.. depending on if the caliper is in the open or closed position when the hose stops the flow ...
No different then what a frozen caliper feels like.. when the piston is locked against the rotor.. causing heat buildup, etc..

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Old 04-19-2018, 03:56 PM   #7
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Vue is known for having bad bearings. Heck ours had 2 bad ones the first week after buying it new. You will know if its bad, you get roaring, humming sound constantly.

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Old 04-21-2018, 12:28 AM   #8
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To see if you have a bad wheel bearing; jack up one corner and spin the wheel. Put your hands one the wheel and it should feel nice and smooth as it rotates. If the bearing is bad you will feel a noticeable roughness and may even hear a grinding noise when you spin it.

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I have to thank Chazberry for the brake hose suggestion. That seemed to be it. Swapped it out and haven't had the problem since.

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