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Drivers side Wheel Vibration at 70mph+ when on a curve

I recently had a flat on the freeway and had to drive about 60mi or so on the mini-weenie spare. Once I got the replacement 245 50 16 back on , I drove from San Francisco to Las Vegas. While driving down the slope into Tehachapi, I noticed what I thought was "road noise" or "road vibration". Well after paying closer attention, it seemed only to occur when when in a right hand curve at 70mph or more. I stopped to check the lugs and could find no looseness to the wheel(s). Onc I arrived in vegas I also noticed that the tire shop that replaced the flat installed a 255 on the rim not a matching 245, NICE. Any way, now Ive got a 245 on and the vibration still exists...Wheel Bearing?...Hub?...damage due to the wrong tire?... I appreciate any qualified input.

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  • xyz28 Sep 27, 2009

    Thanks guys...The liquification concept makes sense, but still perplexes me since the car is pristine with only 45k mi of road time. Are the hubs sealed on this vehicle? or can the bearing(s) actually be re-packed?...

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The first place to check is the wheel bearing. This is because of heat build up both from the flat and from the "doughnut" tire. Because it was a smaller tire it could have heated the bearing grease extensively causing it to liquefy. You may just need it repacked or possibly replaced. The next thing to check is the idle arm and the pitman arm. These are easy to fix, they just need greased at the fitting. These are the two most likely sources, please let me know if you need more help.

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  • Matthew Boulden Sep 27, 2009

    Obviously it would not be wheel balance, not only because two different wheel shops balances the wheel after replacement and the vibration was still there, and the fact that it only happens in slight curves. The bearings being sealed or being able to be repacked is a toss of a coin. You just have to look at the hub to find out. If there is a cap on it, more than likely you can repack it, if not it is sealed. You can also call Autozone to verify either way and get prices on replacement parts. Hope this helps you. Also, even with low mileage, under the right conditions certain factory parts can malfunctions prematurely, sometimes without warning. Definitely get it fixed before the problem becomes more prevalent.

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From your comments, you must be right. You can check the wheel bearing, as well as the ball joints .

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Could be something as simple as balancing the wheel correctly.

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