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Shakes and vibration

I bought a 2004 hyundai elantra. Had new tires put on it. Took it to the dealer for a four wheel alignment. That was done but they told me the new tires were all bad. Went back to the place where i purchased and they replaced with a different kind of tire that I had purchased. Still vibration. Went back and had them rebalanced and was told I had a bent rim. Replaced the bent rim and still vibrates at 55 or above. The car has 45000 miles on it. What can be the problem?

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  • sera2362 Dec 12, 2008

    tires bibrating

  • chouston May 11, 2010

    I do not want to add on as a solution, because I don't know what is wrong. But here's what I know.

    A warped wheel does not necessarily cause vibration. It just depends on where and how it is warped. If the car is still vibrating after two new sets of tires and an alignment, I have a couple of thoughts.

    1) You have something else wrong in the suspension. Something like a strut/shock, bushing for control arms, or something related to the geometry of the suspension that is worn out or bent/broken.

    2) The alignment shop possibly made a mistake in diagnosing and/or adjusting the car.

    3) The tire shop did a poor job of balancing the tires.

    I hope this helps you find the solution or that someone else can provide feedback.

  • chouston May 11, 2010

    Have you had the alignment of the car checked? In what way were the previous new tires deemed bad? Has anyone looked at other suspension systems: shocks, struts, bushings, etc?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    tire rearing out on the inside & car shaking



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I have a 2004 Elantra and noticed shaking stating at around 60-65MPH then it seems to quite down a bit above that. I took it in and they said it was a defect in the factory installed tires that caused small heat bump to form. They replaced all 4 of them and then aligned my car and I haven't had any problem since. My suggestion it to go to a Hyundai garage that has the automatic alignment sensors in the driveway that they use to test the cars when you drop it off. It takes 5 minutes to see it your alignment is screwed up.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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The dealer should have been able to tell you if something was worn out, such as a tie rod, or joint when they were doing the alignment. I purchased an 03' Elantra. It was two years old at the time. When I test drove it I noticed a vibration and the steering wheel shook. The salesman told me it was because it hadn't been driven in a while--which I knew better. I went ahead and purchased the car because it was an excellent deal. I immediately took it to a mechanic who told me that the strut mounts were wore out and that he wouldn't do an alignment because it would be a waste of time/money. I purchase the parts ($100) and fixed it myself (saved about $300). I then took it in for an alignment, and then it rode like a Cadillac. I think that the dealer possibly knew about the problem but did not say anything. The symptoms on my car were exactly as the ones that you described. You would need someone with a machine to give you a accurate diagnosis. It is usually difficult to pinpoint which part is wore out simply by "feel".

I had a Mercury before this car which kept having problems with warpage on the rotors. My first indications was when I would brake and the car would vibrate. Later it got so bad that anytime that I took the car above 60 mph it would vibrate without putting on the brakes. Got that fixed too, but then had to have the rotors turned again in about a year.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008


I had the alignment done about six months ago at the dealership. Would they have been able to align the car if something was bad? Not sure how they deemed the new tires bad, but they said they moved the tires from left to right and front to back and could control the shimmy and shake. this has went on for about a year. I dont believe the new tires the first time were bad, i believe the rim was bent. I dont know what to do. These tires have about 10000 miles on them, have been balanced twice, a rim was replaced due to them saying it was bent, but yet, the vibration starts at about 55 and gets worse as you gain speed. Can even feel it in the passenger seat in the front as well. Steering wheel shakes. You can actually see your hand shake while you are driving it, but then at times, it seems to go away and start again. Thanks for any suggestions.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

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