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    Default Wobble!

    My 2006 1.8 vvti (with the 'structure' wheels) has got quite a wheel wobble at 70mph onwards. It seems to come in at 70, 75, go away and 80 and then come back again at 85 or so. Enough to be annoying on a long run.

    Tyres are cheap (Kenda) but almost new and I've had the wheels balanced by a good trusted garage. Springs and drop links all look in good nick (mileage is only 36k) so I'm not sure where to look next.

    Can cheapo tyres cause this? I've never had Kenda before and they weren't my choice (on the car when I bought it) The car does feel a bit floaty at speed sometimes which I also put down to the tyres but it feels stable when cornering, even at speed.

    My old Vec was a diesel so felt a lot heavier on the front end - and that had a little wobble at 70ish but not as much as this.

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    Jack the motor up & check for play on the track rods, had play in mine on my preface & that caused a slight wobble at cruise speed

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    I'll check the track rods, would play in them result in knocking/clunking when turning?

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    Wheels balanced on or off the car?
    Last edited by Grumpy1954; 4th July 2011 at 20:09. Reason: gibberish typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenWonder View Post
    I'll check the track rods, would play in them result in knocking/clunking when turning?
    If you have a clunk too then check the drop links, even if they look clean they may still have play... also check the strut top bearing, that has a slight knock cornering when it has a bit of play.

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    Can get a clunk turning if a CV joint is worn, not heard of it causing the wheel wobble though. Wheel wobblw, steering shaking or tank slapping on a motorbike around multiples of 40mph always used to be sign of balancing being out.

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    ive worked for several so called reputable tyre garages.being in the tyre trade for years i would still hazzard a guess at badly balanced wheels, either 1 chap on weight on the inside lip or 1 set of sticky weights somewhere inside the wheel. wheels require 2 sets of weights to be balanced correctly. wont do any harm to just have a check.

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    The wheels were balanced off the car - the garage is usually pretty good but it was a different guy to the usual!

    I haven't actually got a clunk, I was just checking to see if a clunk was a symptom of something else to look out for!

    The wobble seems pretty much the same after the balancing - so I suppose trying the same garage again is a bit pointless, unless I get them to swap the back wheels over.

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    Just had them balanced by another tyre place - 20g on one wheel and 10g on the other. Not a lot but I bet it makes a difference at 70mph

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