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    Hi all,

    I had my front wheels balanced as the steering wheel shook from 65mph onwards which cured it. Once that was done I could still feel a light thudding through the car defo wheels related i think from front anyway. MOT advisory said play in inner tie rods which i had done yesterday and still have the same problem...

    Any ideas what it could be?

    Thanks in advance.

    Andy

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    Does it increase/decrease in line with your speed? or is it steady

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    Does it disappear when turning left or right? I'd wonder about bearings? I guess it could even be something like engine mounts?

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    Just steady mate. Can I ask if 32psi is correct for the tyre pressure also? Tyres are 215/55/16

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    track rod ends, bottom ball joint (wishbone) or drop links

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    Whilst turning stays the same chap

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    First question: did you have alignment checked when you had the tie-rods done? Some places will just count the number of turns to get the old part off to set the new part. This method is only good enough so you can DIY the replacement then drive it down the road to be aligned!

    Second thing: Free and easy: check for a warped tyre or wheel. Balancing doesn't actually check the roundness of the wheel/tyre combo, no matter how accurate the balance. If you have a full-size spare, try replacing each wheel in turn with the spare and going for a short drive at the speeds you notice the noise now. See if the noise disappears. If it is still there, you've lost an hour. If the noise disappears, you've found a non-round wheel/tyre.

    Third: As Keith suggests above, check your wheel bearings. Do the standard test of jacking up a corner, then checking for play at 9-and-3 and 12-and-6. Do this whilst checking for a warped wheel unless you find an obviously knackered bearing in which case problem solved!

    Tbh worn TREs, tie rods etc impart more of a "vagueness" to the steering and handling than a noise unless they get so bad your wheels are flapping about.

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