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Have a ford galaxy 1.9tdi. 03 plate; 80,000miles. Has slowly developed a low rumble in front wheels. Also a slight vibration in steering wheel. There is a significant vibration when braking between 70 - 60 and 60 - 50. Have changed tyres, wheels brake pads and discs. Although low level, the noise is constant. Greater intensity when cornering; but again, not hugely loud. Just this rumble. Good garage; do not want to change parts unless sure. Not pleasant to drive now on long journeys. Please help.

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