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Incurable wheel wobble.

balancing driveshafts wheel wobble suspension steering

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#1 mikej100

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Posted 18 November 2015 - 07:13 PM

Guys...

i have a 2005 Fiesta TDCI manual that has a steering wheel wobble at 70mph.

 

I have had both wheels straightened and balanced.

Tracking checked and adjusted.

Both front springs replaced.

Both driveshafts replaced.

Wheel bearings replaced.

 

But it still wobbles and pulls to the left!

 

What the heck can it be?

 

 

Mike.



#2 PURPLE_2L_LX

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 08:08 AM

Get a proper alignment check dont not just the tracking.

 

Is the wobble still there when you dip the clutch at speed?

 

Swap the wheels, front to back and left to right, so they are on the opposite corner

to where they are now.

 

Had the wheels straightened?  Were they buckled? They maybe the issue, try a

cheap set of steel wheels?


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:09 PM

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Guys...
i have a 2005 Fiesta TDCI manual that has a steering wheel wobble at 70mph.
 
I have had both wheels straightened and balanced.
Tracking checked and adjusted.
Both front springs replaced.
Both driveshafts replaced.
Wheel bearings replaced.
 
But it still wobbles and pulls to the left!
 
What the heck can it be?
 
 
Mike.


As per above, have a four wheel geometry check. Swap the wheels front to rear or try some different wheels.

Other suspects could be tie rods or tie rod ends, wishbone bushes, damaged ARB bush on one side, warped front discs.
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#4 raynkar

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Posted 18 January 2016 - 09:13 PM

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Out of interest, you say the steering wheel wobbles at 70mph. What speed does it start to wobble at and what higher speed does it stop at, or does it keep wobbling at all speeds above 70mph?

I clearly can't tell you to break any speed limits on a public road, but if the wobble was say 70-75mph then that would point to an UN balanced wheel. The fact you have had wheels straightened and balanced is no gaurantee it cured the buckle.
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#5 lazarusv6

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:37 AM

Apologies for reopening the thread, just thought I would jump in to say I had this exact same problem with my 2009 mondeo. The wobble cut in at 70 and near enough went at 80, had balancing, tracking etc done. Never cured it but made it a bit more bearable, the wobble always felt like it was coming through the bottom of the seats and also pulled to the left. Each time the balancing etc was done it improved for maybe a week then returned to how it was. The car is parked up now awaiting the finance company to pick it up, as of two months ago! Long story but not down to me, rather an ex so called friend.
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#6 Mondy zetecs

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 09:25 AM

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There was a thread on vibration through the seats it turned out to be wishbones

hydraulic?? bush,the circular bush with fluid was worn.  


Edited by Mondy zetecs, 22 March 2017 - 09:27 AM.

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#7 The Donald

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

Swap wheels front to rear and, if the tyres aren't unidirectional, left to right.  Reset tyre pressures precisely.  Measure the ride height at each arch against book specs.

 

Are the wheels alloys?  Drop each one off and ensure the mating surface of each wheel and disc bell is as smooth and clean as the blade of a cutlery knife.  Use moly based anti seize, not copperslip, and refit.

 

If that doesn't do it, then it's time to get it four wheels up and start checking steering and suspension components for play or wear.

 

Good luck!


Edited by The Donald, 28 May 2017 - 04:33 PM.






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