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    Default Severe intermittant wheel wobble

    Driving down the M23 today at about 60ish and very suddenly the steering wheel started shaking violently. I noticed it eased off when I had my foot off the accelerator... Pulled off next chance I got, checked round the wheels, gave the nuts a nip. No more problems for rest of my journey.

    On the way home it started doing it again kinda came and went then stopped entirely.

    What could cause this?

    Car is a 53 plate and has done just over 130k

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    Are the tyres the correct pressure?

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    They're fine, 34 all round, a little low but nothing unusual

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    I had this on my 3 series last year. Turned out to be a buckled rear wheel - you'd not notice by eye though, might be worth getting them on a balance machine. I was going to repair it, but a new tyre made the difference as it gave it more absorption.

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    Sounds like you need your wheels balanced buddy will only shudder at a certain speed not at a slower 1 or faster 1 just about what you mention on here .
    Not expensive and quick to do at any tyre service

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    Last edited by DonnieDubh; 20th February 2012 at 13:15. Reason: Double post

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    Also have the tyre checked to see if it is running true? There may be a slight weave in the tread or even a flat spot caused by the car standing for a long time.

    Also check the inner sidewalls for bulges, the tyre may be deteriating and forming a bulge when it gets hot?

    What make are the tyres, there has been problems noted on the forum with certain makes.

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    It's not at certain speeds. It comes and goes at speeds above forty. I had it up to 75 with no sign of it today. All four wheels have recently been balanced and it came on very suddenly yesterday.

    I have Falkens on the rear and Sumo Akinas on the front. No signs of damage to either of them.

    New noise I noticed today it when turning at full lock on low speed, theres a kind of clicking/creaking noise. I can't tell if its come from the nearside front or rear

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    It's not at certain speeds. It comes and goes at speeds above forty. I had it up to 75 with no sign of it today. All four wheels have recently been balanced and it came on very suddenly yesterday.

    I have Falkens on the rear and Sumo Akinas on the front. No signs of damage to either of them.

    New noise I noticed today it when turning at full lock on low speed, theres a kind of clicking/creaking noise. I can't tell if its come from the nearside front or rear

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    I was going to suggest checking your springs as i suspected one had broken.

    After reading your last post about the noise, i would defo say get them checked bud

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