Steering Wheel Shake

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:25
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Hi guys as the title reads i started getting a bit of a shake to steering wheel a speed between 70 to 80 km per hour sometimes very strong and other times nothing . Was wandering if any of you knowledgeable people have any thoughts on cause . I have thought about wear on tyres and might rotate them and see how i go very annoying


Cheers Silvio
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Reply By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:41

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:41
Hi Silvereagle,

A few things to check:

Are the wheel nuts tight?
Have you lost a wheel balance weight?
Are your steering linkages loose/worn?

Just a few ideas.

Regards,

Sn00py2
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:43

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:43
G'dat Silvio

Classic symptom of wheels being out of balance. Dollars to doughnuts if you drop into your friendly tyre service mob and get them to check/adjust the balance your problem will disappear. It may be something more dramatic such as a bubble in a tyre, but that should be obvious visually.
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Reply By: disco driver - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:47

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:47
Hi Silvio,
Without knowing what you drive, I would start by checking whether you have lost wheel weights from the wheels, then mud on the rims.
If that checks out OK, start by looking for wear in the steering joints, wheel bearings and swivel housings.
It's unlikely but possible that a tyre has developed a bulge which will cause the symptoms you have experienced.

If this does not find the source of your problem, take it to an expert.

Disco.
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Follow Up By: Silvereagle - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 21:55

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 21:55
Hi Disco its an 80 series landcruiser 1994 GXL
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 08:08

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 08:08
"its an 80 series landcruiser 1994 GXL"

Silvio, have you recently changed your springs/vehicle height..?

On a live axle 80/105 series that may reduce +castor and induce a shimmy effect.

Check tyre condition for separation and balance, steering dampner for effectiveness or leaking, wheel bearings and swivel hub bearings for any freeplay, steering linkages/balljoints from pitman arm to steering arms for wear.

Try and recall whether there was an event or change to the vehicle that coincided with you recognising the problem.

Good luck.
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Reply By: Ross M - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:52

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 16:52
Silvereagle

As Sn00py2 has said, a balance weight may have departed. If you look closely on the inside and the outside of the front rims/tyres you may see where the weight was and also it's size so you can replace it.

I was wondering, not wandering, if a tyre may have developed a lump ie delamination of tread and it is causing an out balance condition.

Jack up each wheel and rotate to see if there is any noticeable out of true happening.

If a weight has been lost a while ago, then the tread will be worn shallow on the exact opposite of the tyre and this may also be an indicator if you find a worn area.

It would be acting as if heavy because the other diametrically opposite position is light.

Ross M
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Reply By: snow - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 17:22

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 17:22
If you have recently been offload, just check that you haven't got a great clos of mud attached to inside rim. Early GU Patrol rims were particularly bad for holding mud and noticed same on a young blokes newish hilux recently.
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Reply By: Member - Russler - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 17:32

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 17:32
It may also be a damaged steering box, esp. GU Patrol.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 19:03

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 19:03
CV joint/s perhaps.

That was ours. But it would go away and we had a clunk every now and then after parking and then reversing out on a good hard lock.

Phil (100 series 4.2td Toyota)
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Reply By: Silvereagle - Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 21:51

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 21:51
Well guys got my tyres rotated back to front had a wheel balance and alignment done today and my wobble still there i will have to investigate further i think . Its hard when you use the car every day for work . I checked the wheel bearings with the guy at tyre place and they are good so i will go from here i suppose. Any more suggestions could do with help otherwise i think Ape suspensions are on gnagarra road get them to check it or somewhere else
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Follow Up By: Aussi Traveller - Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 23:00

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 23:00
Have a look at your steering damper, I went through a similar thing once I tried every thing except steering damper, once it was changed it was a new car to drive.

Phil
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