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  • April
    April - 2003 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 4/16/2015
    Yesterday I had my tires rotated, now my steering wheel shakes and vibrates when I get above 55 mph. help!
    Do the tires need to be balanced again or do I need an alignment? How could rotating the tires have caused this?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Honda Pilot - Steering & Suspension - 4/9/2015
    At what mileage should one expect to need to replace sway bars and links? My vehicle has 150000 mi. and seems fine.
    The mechanic has replaced these items and in retrospect I'm questioning his action and my agreement.
     
    • Teddy B
      4/8/2015 Teddy B
      The stabilzer end links last or get replaced about every
      50 to 80,000 miles

      If your inspecting the vehicle real well a couple times a year
      you will see when parts are worn & need to be replaced

      You do not replace the bar,just the links & possibly worn bushings
      that are rubber

      Nothing seems fine on any vehicle
      You need lots of inspections & testing
      on all vehicles

      After 150,000 miles their isn't much left that doesn't need
      to be replaced---( if you only knew)

      You should always be at the shop & in the service bay to see the
      issues & then make the choice as what to authorize or repair

      Your only asking & questioning your choice to believe what your
      were told & not see the issue-I assume,could be wrong & you were there

      Were you given the old parts -their may lie the answer also
    • Jimm
      4/9/2015 Jimm
      The sway bar end links replacement (or any suspension component) would not be based on mileage but on condition. The exception for mileage consideration are parts like; brakes (pads, linings), engine fluids / filters, tires, belts / hoses, spark plugs, etc.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 3/21/2015
    Steering wheel shakes significantly when driving, increases at higher speeds
    There are no unusual sounds coming from the car, but when I drive the steering wheel shakes back and forth. It shakes slower at slower speeds, and higher it goes faster. It's been doing this for quite a while. The inside rims of my front tires are a bit worn but ...
     
    • Gatiika
      3/20/2015 Gatiika
      Harmonic Balancer
    • MANIKMECHANIK
      3/21/2015 MANIKMECHANIK
      Always remember to KISS first ,(keep it simple stupid)...start with getting your tires balanced and alignment checked. it may also be a tire itself or more than one tire waddleing because of improper rotation ,and I don't mean rotation as in going round and round. hitting curbs and things will also give your tires a knot or "bubble"
  • Jana
    Jana - 1999 Honda CR-V - Steering & Suspension - 3/15/2015
    It feels like im dragging the back end of the car when driving.
    175000 is the mileage. This just started yesterday. It also feels like the car is gonna lay down on its side when i turn, and feels like im dragging the rear end. no warning lights are on. Last month a tire blew on the freeway so I replaced all of them and had ...
     
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  • EKuske
    EKuske - 1999 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 1/29/2015
    Why does my steering get so hard to control when I slow down to turn?
    1999 Accord with 213K miles. Steering ability has been getting worse. At first I noticed when I would be turning right and braking at the same time that the steering got really hard/stiff to control. Now we haven't driven the car in a while but the steering almost ...
     
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  • Geoff
    Geoff - 2002 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 1/23/2015
    Grinding from front passenger on left hand turns, what could it be?
    My car has ~155k miles on it and I regularly get basic services done every 5k miles(oil change, tires rotated, flushes, etc). Immediately after I got my tires rotated I started getting a grinding noise coming from the glove box area of my car but only on some left ...
     
    • Lori
      1/15/2015 Lori
      Have you checked the bushings?
      Lori
      1/15/2015 Geoff
      No, how can I check this?

      What should I be looking for?

      Thank you for the suggestion :)
    • DE-Jess
      1/23/2015 DE-Jess
      I had a similar problem with a Hummer H3. Every time I mentioned it, the dealership (red flag, I know) had yet another explanation (new shocks, new brakes, etc.). Finally, I got a loud rumble strip noise at highway speeds and that was the death knell. Ultimately worn bearings, a problem with the front differential, and the ball joint, caused the front wheel to come off of the axle, bending the axle. Ka-ching ($3K), so don't ignore the noise! I know that's not an answer, but the three culprits listed (bearings, ball joint and front differential) caused a much bigger issue, leaving me stranded on the side of the road.
  • ashleypatten
    ashleypatten - 2008 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 11/7/2014
    I hit a curb last night and everything seemed fine when I got home. However this morning there was a rattling noise.
    The noise only was present when in park or when I was at a complete stop. I went to a shop and they told me my rotors were warped. I called someone else and they said my rotors wouldn't cause that noise. What could it be?
     
    • GT500Knights
      11/7/2014 GT500Knights
      That person is correct, rotors wouldn't make a "rattling" noise. How hard did you hit this curb? It's possible that the impact could have affected the engine/transmission. What could have happened is that the cv axle got shoved further into the transmission, then it became dislodged from the differential. Sort of what happens when you replace a cv axle, sometimes if it just will not come out you take a hammer and hit the end in a little and it dislodges from the tranmission with a simple pry.

      I would also check out engine mounts, and for any body damage that would cause the engine to "lean" toward any particular body or trim piece (plastic or metal). could be that while in park the engine position shifts to a certain position and causes something to rub or rattle.

      Best of luck, seems like a tricky one to track down.
  • mtjewett65
    mtjewett65 - 1999 Honda Passport - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2014
    There is a vibration in the rear wheel (drivers side) and I can hear a vibration noise especially when turning left
    It sounds like a barking seal.
     
    • underdog
      11/4/2014 underdog
      I have been feeling a vibration coming from the wheels. I replaced all the bearings, on all four wheels. I still feel vibration. I thought it was coming from front driver side axle. I decided to record the sounds from each wheel. I made a plywood box to hold the digital recorder and clamped it to the fender. Attached are the recordings. You can tell that it is driver side rear, just by the recording. The was no whining sounds coming from the front.

      I may build a plywood box for my I phone and record video of the wheel in action.

      This is an excellent way to diagnosis issues. I replaced the front spindle, thinking it was the front axle that was not turning true.


      https://www.youtube.com/watch
      https://www.youtube.com/watch
  • Terry Don
    Terry Don - 2012 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2014
    My vehicle is about two years old, has just over 14,000 miles on it, and has just had to have a wheel bearing replaced.
    When I purchased this car, it had a severe vibration which the dealership tried to blame on out-of-round tires but finally replaced two tires which helped somewhat. Anyway, is it unusual for a vehicle this new to have this wheel bearing issue? The wheels haven't ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/15/2014 Jimm
      Yes,this is unusual wear within 14k miles. Hopefully, these repairs were done under the warranty period and with no extra charge to you. Otherwise,this repair should be considered as warranty.
    • underdog
      11/4/2014 underdog
      I have been feeling a vibration coming from the wheels. I replaced all the bearings, on all four wheels. I still feel vibration. I thought it was coming from front driver side axle. I decided to record the sounds from each wheel. I made a plywood box to hold the digital recorder and clamped it to the fender. Attached are the recordings. You can tell that it is driver side rear, just by the recording. The was no whining sounds coming from the front.

      I may build a plywood box for my I phone and record video of the wheel in action.

      This is an excellent way to diagnosis issues. I replaced the front spindle, thinking it was the front axle that was not turning true.


      https://www.youtube.com/watch
      https://www.youtube.com/watch
  • Mike
    Mike - 2004 Honda CR-V - Steering & Suspension - 10/30/2014
    Rattling/vibration on passenger side
    My car has approximately 132000 miles on it. There is a definite rattling/vibration on the passenger side, which occurs when going over bumps on that side and sometimes when traveling around curves in the road. No associated warning lights and otherwise the car is ...
     
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  • Mike
    Mike - 2004 Honda CR-V - Steering & Suspension - 10/30/2014
    Rattling/vibration on passenger side
    My car has approximately 132000 miles on it. There is a definite rattling or vibration on the passenger side, which I notice when going over bumps on the right side and sometimes when going around a curve in the road. It almost sounds like somthing is loose. No ...
     
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  • Zpaxson
    Zpaxson - 2001 Honda CR-V - Steering & Suspension - 10/16/2014
    Front vibration comes and goes during acceleration.
    My front right tire went flat so I put a full size spare on. Ive drove about 3k miles like this. The first noise I started to hear was a whining noise when i would make a slow sharp left turn. Now when I start my car and drive in the morning I will get a very rough ...
     
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  • Tyguenot
    Tyguenot - 1994 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 10/15/2014
    Quote on parts and other questions concerning wheel assembly
    I'm not sure if I'm asking the right question due to I don't know exactly what the assembly is called. Long story short my brother was trying to show off and drift and ended up smacking a curb pretty hard. Now the whole wheel assembly (control arms, and other parts ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/15/2014 Jimm
      There is no accurate method to determine the damage extent nor the specific parts needing replacement via the internet. The best approach for you would be to obtain at least two written estimates based on physical inspection at local shops, to determine the needed parts to fix.
  • Tyguenot
    Tyguenot - 1994 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 10/15/2014
    Quote on parts and other questions concerning wheel assembly
    I'm not sure if I'm asking the right question due to I don't know exactly what the assembly is called. Long story short my brother was trying to show off and drift and ended up smacking a curb pretty hard. Now the whole wheel assembly (control arms, and other parts ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/15/2014 Jimm
      There is no accurate method to determine the damage extent nor the specific parts needing replacement via the internet. The best approach for you would be to obtain at least two written estimates based on physical inspection at local shops, to determine the needed parts to fix.
  • John
    John - 2010 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2014
    When turning the steering wheel while cornering at low speed, I hear a "clunking" sound. In wheel too.
    The vehicle has 48K miles on it. Gets just "family driving" May do it at higher speeds too, but too much wind/road noise to tell. Does it all the time. Started about a month ago. No lights go on. Thanks.
     
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