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Bikor
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posted February 19, 2001 09:20 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Last fall we noticed that the steering wheel rapidly shook back and forth when driving. Our mechanic check out the front end mechanicals and found nothing wrong. He checked tires for balance, and were okay. His verdict was that the sidewalls on one or several tires were going bad.

These are Uniroyal Tigerpaws, about 4 years old, with only about 30,000 miles on them.

We took them off the rims and put on 4 snow tires, as we usually do, and the shake went away.

Now, either a) it went away because the other tires are defective, or
b) it went away because the heavier snow tires are damping some other cause.

Inspection of the Tigerpaws shows no apparent problem, not that that is definitive.

Spring is coming, and I wonder if I should buy new tires (ouch), mount these and see if the wobble returns--if so, be out more $$ from extra mounting--or what.

Unfortunately, I no longer have any paperwork from the Uniroyals.

Can you help? I'm trying to save money but also keep my family safe.

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DaveB
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posted February 20, 2001 08:58 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
If the balance checked out (and I mean they actually looked at the way the tire ran on the rim), I might consider it to be a rim that was not mounted quite right or had a build up of corrosion or dirt on the hub where it mounts. For normal everyday driving a problem such as seperation is fairly easy to spot when put on a balancer. I would give them another try. Mention to who ever is mounting them that you had a vibration problem. They might have a closer look that way.

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DaveB
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posted February 20, 2001 08:59 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
If the balance checked out (and I mean they actually looked at the way the tire ran on the rim), I might consider it to be a rim that was not mounted quite right or had a build up of corrosion or dirt on the hub where it mounts. For normal everyday driving a problem such as seperation is fairly easy to spot when put on a balancer. I would give them another try. Mention to who ever is mounting them that you had a vibration problem. They might have a closer look that way.

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Bikor
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posted February 21, 2001 08:57 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Thank you, DaveB., and to any future post-ers.

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