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    Default Wheel wobble at 40 to 50 mph

    I have just bought an 03 plate 2.0 DTI with 107K on the clock, it has what can be described as a slight wobbly feel on the steering wheel at around 40 to 50 mph, feels smoother at 55 mph but is still detectable(keeping below 60 mph) until I get it sorted out, does any one have a step by step plan as to which bits I should change / check in what order to sort it out ?

    It also has a clunk from the NSF when going over speed bumps, also who is best for buying Track rod arms / drop links wishbone bushes etc.

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    Well you could have several problems,

    Warped wheel (are they alloys? Any damage?) but normally they will vibrate at all speeds.
    Wheels need balancing (try this one first)
    Front bearings (check movement with wheel off the ground)
    Front dampers (check for oil leaks with wheel off and bounce the car while it is on the ground, it should not bounce more than once I think and should be reasonable stiff)
    Broken front spring (remove wheel to check)
    Track rod ends (check for lack of movement while car is on the ground and you move the steering wheel)

    Get a haynes manual as this is a great help and £17 well spent
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    Yes they are alloys, cheers I will start of with simple checks.

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    The wobble is almost definitely balancing, mine was exactly the same (03 2.2 SXi), I booked it in for a full four wheel alignment, but the guy re-balanced all the wheels, said "that was probably it, go try it before we do the alignment and charge you a fortune" and he was right. Cleared it straight away.

    Definitley get the wheels re-balanced before spending out on anything more expensive.

    The clunking could be any number of things though although drop links would be my first suspect closely followed by broken spring.
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    I am sure it is a balance weight that has come off.

    As for the knock, does it sound like something loose if so could be anti roll bar bushes.

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    Thanks for the advice, will start off checking wheel balance, then see if what I have done makes any difference.

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    as been said above m8 as the wheel balancing normaly startes at about 60/70 + mph so it could always be a tyre out of shape as this WILL start at low speeds HTH m8

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    The local tyre place will check the wheels and tyres out, will report back the findings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwoo View Post
    The local tyre place will check the wheels and tyres out, will report back the findings.
    good luck buddy

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    Definately sounds like wheel balancing.

    It solved it on mine, until it started doing it again, so I checked the tyre pressures and they were absolutely all over the place, once I set these to what they should be (I think 33-36 on front and 36 on back-or something there abouts), it was right as rain.

    I was surprised that the tyre pressures could have such an effect on the drive of the car.

    Set the pressures then get the balance done.

    You should be OK.

    As for clunk, as I have read on this site, could most probably be your drop links.....but go with what "merikiito" has said and do the other checks too!

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