Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Worthington, KY
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Alright... I've posted this problem before, but I don't think I've described the issue well enough to get some really great feedback. I am in between schools in the USMC, and after my next school picks up in January, I won't have any time to mess with my car. Needless to say, the trips I take in my car, when I am driving, are all 400+ miles. So, as you can imagine, the dependability of my car is beginning to stress me out. That being said...
If you are sharp and looking for a problem, you can almost notice a small vibration, more like a wabble, in the steering wheel at low speeds. However, it is very subtle. What isn't subtle is at exactly 70mph-85mph the freakin car exhibits a VERY noticible wabbling vibration that feels like I'm passing over rumble strips when and only when the steering wheel deviates right of center from 12-1 o'clock. It strangely disappears in deviations past 1 o'clock to the right and and never does it deviating left. However, it will do it when correcting right from the left--such as changing lanes on the highway. This is strictly a highway problem. 65mph and below and you'd never really know the difference. I've bought 4 new wheels, thinking a mildly marred rim was causing the problem, 4 new tires, and I've had the tires balanced 3 different times. What is really weird is that the car almost seemed to be fine the first few days after I got my tires. But, after about a week, the problem came back just as strong as ever.
PLEASE HELP. I've heard mention of several things it could be, like a carrier bearing in the driveshaft, a guibo?, alignment, wheel balancing, etc. No luck thus far on a definite diagnosis, though...