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Re: steering wheel vibration (archive)

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Posted by Jim Cash on December 07, 1999 at 22:16:04:

In Reply to: steering wheel vibration posted by KH on December 07, 1999 at 21:53:34:

: recentely, i have noticed that there is vibration in the steering wheel at highway speeds of 70mph

: 2 days ago, i rotated the tires on the car...i moved the tire from the rear passenger side to the front passenger side, and did the same for the driver side...the rear tire which i moved to the front passenger side was a new tire which i had mounted 2 months ago (only this specific tire was damaged and replaced with my spare; the 3 other tires had 15,000 miles driven)

: so now, the driver side front tire is an old tire, while the passenger front is the newer tire with about 5000 miles on it

: i am wondering if the mix of new/old tires in the front of the car would be a potential cause of vibration, or must the tires be rebalanced, or must the car be realigned, or is there a more serious problem

My bet is a balance issue.
I also noticed a slight steering wheel vibration (twisting) starting last summer. When I had my inspection II done this fall the only thing noticed was they thought that the left front tire was showing some early signs of slight imbalance.

I put myu winter wheels on just after that and I have not noticed the problems since - so seems like it is a wheel issue.


Jim Cash
97 540i/A

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