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Old 06-16-2006, 12:14 PM   #1
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I was wondering if any one else has had problems with a shake in their steering wheel? My 06 GT with 17inch wheels will shake on some roads, but not all. I had an 03 Lincoln Navigator that had the same problem that was never corrected I hope there is a fix for it this time.

I can drive my wife's car on the same road and not have any shakeing or even feel any thing in the steering wheel.

Any input would be helpful.
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Old 06-16-2006, 12:31 PM   #2
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Well good thing you are under warrenty.....Bad thing it has nothing to do with the warrenty...could be many different things...just bring it in and let us know
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It's most likely a wheel is out of balance.
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Old 06-16-2006, 01:07 PM   #4
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that happens to me at heavy braking from high speeds... 100 MPH +
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Old 06-16-2006, 01:19 PM   #5
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I get it sometimes. It seems random. It is not a wheel out of balance as it is a side to side movement not a hop. I know what a out of ballance wheel feels like from too much experience, sad I know. My tires have been rotated and I have felt it both before and after the rotation. But as I said it is random and unreproducable on demand so.....you know the story.
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Old 06-16-2006, 01:41 PM   #6
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I get it sometimes. It seems random. It is not a wheel out of balance as it is a side to side movement not a hop. I know what a out of ballance wheel feels like from too much experience, sad I know. My tires have been rotated and I have felt it both before and after the rotation. But as I said it is random and unreproducable on demand so.....you know the story.
Same here, most of the time, smooth as glass, sometimes it shakes back and forth, asked the dealer, of course they have no clue and when I bring it in tomorrow it won't do it...
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Old 06-17-2006, 04:14 AM   #7
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What tires do you have on? Have you noticed if the roads where the car shakes are grooved? Just wondering if maybe its a tire tread pattern issue. My BFGs (high traction comparative to the Pirellis) generate a lot more vibration at higher speeds on certain roads.
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Old 06-17-2006, 11:10 AM   #8
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Mine was shaking slightly at highway speed but not all the time. The dealer re-indexed and rebalanced all 4 tires and it seems to have fixed it. I also have the 17 inch wheels.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:05 PM   #9
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You also might want to check to make sure your tire pressure is the same on both front wheels/rear wheels. If it's not the tire pressure, check tire balance. Also have the lug nuts re-torqued.
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Old 06-22-2006, 02:19 PM   #10
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As a couple of you have said it is not all the time, but comes and goes. I am running stock 17inch wheels, and stock 235 tires.

I was considering goin with a set of 18x9 on front and 18x10 on the rear, and running some 245/40-18 on front and 265/40-18 Michelin Pilot Sport on the rear, But I don't want to make the shake worse, nor hurt my 21 mpg.

I will just have to take it in and let them look at it I guess I just wanted to know what other dealers where doing to correct the problem, so I could help my dealer fix the problem quicker.

Thanks for all the help.
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Old 06-23-2006, 06:35 PM   #11
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This gets a liitle tedious.

First, get the car on a lift and put it in gear and run the tire up to about 50mph and observe the wheel/tire. If it is shaking and is ALREADY balanced put the said wheel on a balancer and spin it by hand.

If the wheel has run-out (out of round) you'll see it on the balancer too. If the wheel is smooth when observed on the balancer go ahead and run the car with the wheel off and look at the hub. If the hub is straight also it's only one of two things.

It is not hub centered, but if they are factory wheels, they should be and not need centering rings.
It could be the rotor retaining nuts that are put on during assembly, thus preventing the wheel from sitting flush against the hub surface. Go around and take off all the rotor retaining nuts, there should be two on each rotor. This should fix the problem.

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Old 06-23-2006, 10:03 PM   #12
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My steering wheel sometimes shakes when I take off about 3/4 throttle. After I get up to speed it is fine. If I go full throttle it is fine. If I accelerate normally it is fine. Any ideas?
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Old 06-27-2006, 03:38 PM   #13
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This gets a liitle tedious.

First, get the car on a lift and put it in gear and run the tire up to about 50mph and observe the wheel/tire. If it is shaking and is ALREADY balanced put the said wheel on a balancer and spin it by hand.

If the wheel has run-out (out of round) you'll see it on the balancer too. If the wheel is smooth when observed on the balancer go ahead and run the car with the wheel off and look at the hub. If the hub is straight also it's only one of two things.

It is not hub centered, but if they are factory wheels, they should be and not need centering rings.
It could be the rotor retaining nuts that are put on during assembly, thus preventing the wheel from sitting flush against the hub surface. Go around and take off all the rotor retaining nuts, there should be two on each rotor. This should fix the problem.

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I´ve seen cars with this vibration problem and it´s related to security nuts. They are sometimes heavier and cause a little vibration.
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Old 06-29-2006, 02:20 PM   #14
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well i have a new mustang about 2 weeks old and got some new wheel and tires this last monday. Driving home i noticed a shake when im going between 45-60. I'm not to sure if it was always there or if its the new tires and wheels. i don't know if it matters but my tires are 255/35. When my hand is on the steering wheel it just feels like a vibration but if i remove it the wheel turns back and forth. Do you guys think my wheels are out of balance or is this just normal with wider tires?
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Old 06-29-2006, 03:13 PM   #15
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when you got new wheels did they install hub centering rings? my car started having a bit of a vibration in the steering wheel so i put the fronts on the balancer and one was .25 out and the other was .50 out. rebalanced and the problem is gone. i have stock pirellis.
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Old 06-29-2006, 03:42 PM   #16
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You need to check the balance first. If they're balanced you may NOT need centering rings b/c most aftermarket and stock wheels have centering lug holes and nuts. IN fact, American Racing doesn't even make centering rings for the '05+ mustang b/c of this. I know, b/c I tried to get them. I've also come to realize the stock Bullitts are not hub-centered, they're lug centered.

I suggest you take off your wheel and look at the mounting face. The stock wheels have recesses around the lug holes on the back so the rotor retaining nuts will not interfere. If your wheel does not have these recesses you must remove all the rotor retaining nuts. Just use a screwdriver and a cutting plier.
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:07 PM   #17
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:39 PM   #18
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+1 rotor retaining nuts/washers....fixed mine
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