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Old 04-17-2006, 08:49 AM   #1
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I've got the shakes

No it's not a medical condition.

This is driving me nuts. I have at times a really bad vibration on my steering wheel. In the past 2-3 weeks I've had my wheels balanced and alignment done at the dealership(Dixie) and this is the 3rd time in less then 1 yr I've had my wheels balanced(2 times at the place I got my tires). I've had the ball joints and tie rods replaced(at Charlie) and the rear bushings. This morning the shake was pretty bad but seems to get a little better as I drive, seems to be less.

Almost seems like because the car was sitting for 4 days that the tires get a flat spot or become out of round.

Anyone have an idea what could be up?
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:19 AM   #2
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they wouldnt get flat spots over 4 days.....
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:23 AM   #3
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Maybe its something driveline related?

Flexdisk, Center Support bearing, Driveshalf...

Does it happen mostly when accelerating?

Also when you had the tires balanced you should have had them inspect them, a belt inside the tire can shift and the tire would still balance....but it will cause a viberation. Also a rim could have a slight bent in it and still balance out, just bcus the you had the wheels balanced doesn't completely eliminated it as a source of the problem.

That said viberations are a pain in the ass, they could be number of things.
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:27 AM   #4
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could also be warpped rotors
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Old 04-17-2006, 11:33 AM   #5
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or your e36 developed the same mysterious shakes that are common in e30's

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Old 04-17-2006, 11:52 AM   #6
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I GOT THE SHAKES TOO!!lc
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:08 PM   #7
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I know the guy said that one of the rims on the back was alittle bent, but don't think he switched it to the front. I might have to take the rims in to have someone who knows take a better look to make sure they aren't warped more then I realize.

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Maybe its something driveline related?

Flexdisk, Center Support bearing, Driveshalf...

Does it happen mostly when accelerating?

Also when you had the tires balanced you should have had them inspect them, a belt inside the tire can shift and the tire would still balance....but it will cause a viberation. Also a rim could have a slight bent in it and still balance out, just bcus the you had the wheels balanced doesn't completely eliminated it as a source of the problem.

That said viberations are a pain in the ass, they could be number of things.
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Old 04-17-2006, 01:09 PM   #8
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Forgot to add in my first post, that I got my breaks done as well, rotors and pads.(all 4)

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Old 04-17-2006, 01:10 PM   #9
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Ya I didn't think so. I might have to take to Charlie again and see if he can find anything else that would go wrong.

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Old 04-17-2006, 01:22 PM   #10
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what speeds do you get steering wheel shake at?
does it shake more when accelerating?
does it shake more when braking?
does it stop shaking when cornering?
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:21 PM   #11
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I GOT THE SHAKES TOO!!lc
I lol'ed at that then felt kinda bad.

As for the other kind of shakes, you might want to have a look at your brake caliper pistons to see if they're seizing up.
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LOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL

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Old 04-17-2006, 04:41 PM   #13
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I'll take a notice tonight and answer your questions a little better.

60-80Km was one point, no noticeable different whether I'm giving it gas or just cruising. Haven't noticed about the cornering.
The braking issue is gone with the new disks that were installed last week.

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what speeds do you get steering wheel shake at?
does it shake more when accelerating?
does it shake more when braking?
does it stop shaking when cornering?
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:39 PM   #14
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Ok this is going to be hard because it's kinda random. I tried to take note as to when I would get the shakes.

It seems, when it does it, start at around 70km to 95km'ish. It seems to be there on a flat surface or going down on the incline, seems to not be there going up a incline.
No difference if I'm cruising or giving it gas.

After about 110 even 150km not shakes, but then again could be going so fas that it just not as noticeable.

On a side note, and I have noticed this before but thought it was just road surface, but I kinda feel almost like a clicking/grinding feel on the steering wheel. I'm wondering if I have a bad wheel bearing? I don't hear any noise(unlike my old car when it's bearing went I could hear a noise).
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:41 PM   #15
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I've recently developed some steering wheel vibration, but only at high speeds (like 130+) There has also been an increase in rolling noise. I'm thinking front wheel bearings?
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