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Old 05-21-2016, 03:48 PM
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Vibration starts around 70 mph

I took my '04 e83 out for a run on the turnpike and started getting a vibration in the steering wheel around 65 - 70 mph. Was wondering if anyone else has had this problem, everything is fine up to 60 - 65 mph.
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Old 05-21-2016, 04:57 PM
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It could be a lot of things including tires out of balance. Get it into a suspension and alignment shop and have them take a look.
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:35 PM
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Thanks, I actually forgot that I had the right front rear control arm replaced. Tires are new and were speed balanced.
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Old 05-21-2016, 09:50 PM
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Vibration starts around 70 mph

It could be anything, including a bad balance. I bought 18s from tire rack with tires mounted and balanced for my E46, after installation it had wicked steering wheel vibration. Took it to a local shop for rebalance, it got worse. After a 400 mile trip for a job interview near where I went to college, I took it to my shop up there; they rebalanced everything, saying whoever balanced the last time shouldn't be in business, but also told me I needed new front LCAs. The new wider tires exacerbated a prior issue, despite only 60k miles.

Driving vibrations could be a bad balance, bad guibos, bad shafts, bad bearings, even warped rotors. I also had a wicked vibration at 40mph but only on a certain 1/4 of road that was caused by warped rotors putting those 18s in sync with road undulations. New rotors cured it.

Try a different road at same speed to at least remove the road from the long list of culprits. But if it is in the steering wheel, if look for front shaft, bearings, CV joints, diff fluid, and brake rotors. Rotors are probably cheapest, easiest and most likely in need of replacement by now.
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Vibration starts around 70 mph

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Old 05-22-2016, 03:48 AM
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or could also be over/under inflation or even just bad tires. That's what cause my vibration. Went with PSS and not smooth as silk.
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You can usually diagnose tire balance by lowering pressure to about 1/2 recommended and running back to speed. You will notice a change in soft tires.

This obviously is a temporary measure under a strict set of traffic conditions which if you can't figure out, don't do this.
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:30 PM
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Do that test on a concrete road to be assured the road is flat; asphalt roads often have undulations as a result of the steamrolling process. I'll add: I recently noticed a vibration in the seat, and only did so because I just had surgery on my left thigh, so it was swollen with fluid making me hypersensitive. I took it to the new shop I recently found that essentially rebuilt the transmission in my 442 to have the tire balance checked. Despite over 25k miles on the tires, 1 tire was still perfectly in balance ("0" on the machine), 2 were have an ounce off, and the 4th was 0.75 oz off. Barely anything, but after a re-balance, it was enough as its smooth as silk again. Best part, the owner, after finding out the minimal off-balance, said "no charge." So I tossed the tech $40. They'd had the trans I my Olds in and out 3 times in a week chasing an an infamous 2004-r leak and didn't charge me for it, so I have no problem taking care of those that take care of me. I'd dropped the trans in that car last year to reseal it, that is one job I'll never do again without a lift. That leak turned out to be a cracked torque converter coupled with a heat-pressure leak.
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