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    I'm after some opinions here.

    My 54 plate 120 CDTI has started recently to put a bit of vibration through the steering wheel at around 70mph. It doesn't feel like the usual 'wobbly' vibration from unbalanced wheels, more like the sort of vibration/sensation you would feel over rough surfaces.

    It doesn't happen all the time and it does seem to disappear on the smoothest of surfaces - it doesn't happen at all under about 60mph

    Having searched the forums about vibration I'm dreading a DMF failure but it seems more likely to be a suspension thing - but what to check first?

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    out of shape tyres, balancing (missing weights), but prob like mine- a wobbly drive shaft. its the only thing i've not had done and i bet your passenger seat wobbles a bit when there isn't someone to keep it still :-)

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    Wheel bearings / hubs? Any droning noise associated with the vibration?

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    No,theres no noise or droning. Just the sensation through the wheel.

    I'll check if the passenger seat vibrates on the way home tonight!

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    could it be some bushes are screwed

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    Hmm, doesn't change when I dip the clutch so must be suspension. Seems only to happen on anything other than perfectly smooth road surfaces.

    Suppose I'll have to check every bush/mounting now! Is there any that are known for going?

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    vibration from 20mph will be tyres out of shape

    vibration from 60mph will be wheel balancing, go to any tyre centre and they will do a free check and if they doing it will cost about £5 per wheel

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    Yeah its the cheapest option so worth a try! It doesn't feel like the usual balancing wobble, and I put two new fronts (and balanced) on two months ago.

    Anythings possible - would out of balance wheels feel OK on a smooth road surface?

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    Well all 4 wheels have been balanced and weren't out by much apparently. The garage said a couple of the wheels were a bit distorted probably due to some pothole injury but nothing serious.

    Still got the vibration - so back to the drawing board, unless I find some steel wheels to swap my tyres over and try it out!

    Am I the only person on the forum with steel wheels!

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    I have the same problem on my car, i have got a lot of play in the autogearbox diff bearing you can move the driveshaft up and down a bit where it goes into the box. Im sure this is not right. I now exactly what your talking about though, its been driving me mad.

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