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Old 08-06-2013, 07:53 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Clearing Front End Vibration

Hello all,

I have been battling a front end vibration for quite some time now (in my 2005 SL, stock rims, new-ish suspension). It starts around 70mph, and goes all the way up to 85. I feel it in the steering wheel, but its more like the entire front end is vibrating, so I am unsure if this is similar to the common shimmy that everyone seems to have. I enjoy spirited driving, so this is still an annoyance for me, which makes me not want to drive my max, and this is no good!

So far, I have had 4 new Michelin Primacy MXV4 put on, and while the ride is much smoother and quieter, the vibration is still evident at those speeds. I have seen various threads about road force balancing, and I have an appointment to get this done on Thursday, but is there anything else you guys would recommend trying? I hear some people have adjusted the steering rack, but is this relevant to my issue?

I really love this car, and do not want to get rid of her yet, but she is making me so sad!

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Default Re: Clearing front end vibration

Originally Posted by nickdpt View Post
Hello all,

I have been battling a front end vibration for quite some time now (in my 2005 SL, stock rims, new-ish suspension). It starts around 70mph, and goes all the way up to 85. I feel it in the steering wheel, but its more like the entire front end is vibrating, so I am unsure if this is similar to the common shimmy that everyone seems to have. I enjoy spirited driving, so this is still an annoyance for me, which makes me not want to drive my max, and this is no good!

So far, I have had 4 new Michelin Primacy MXV4 put on, and while the ride is much smoother and quieter, the vibration is still evident at those speeds. I have seen various threads about road force balancing, and I have an appointment to get this done on Thursday, but is there anything else you guys would recommend trying? I hear some people have adjusted the steering rack, but is this relevant to my issue?

I really love this car, and do not want to get rid of her yet, but she is making me so sad!
Was the vibration there before you put the new tires? If not, then a re-balance will fix the issue.
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Default Re: Clearing front end vibration

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Was the vibration there before you put the new tires? If not, then a re-balance will fix the issue.
Vibration was there before the new tires were put on the car. Has anyone heard of steering rack adjustment? Is that doable on my own?
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Sounds like you need to check and replace a passanger side axle.
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