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Bad vibration at about 45 mph

I get a real bad vibration in the seat of my 2004 monte. Thought it was a steel belt in the tire. Had new tires put on and it still did it. They told me one of my rims was warped so I replaced that. it is still doing it. any ideas or suggestions???? Thanks

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  • Anonymous May 27, 2010

    How do you warp a rim? Why would you buy new tires to solve that issue?

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There are many area's that can cause vibration.
May be a solution if you check:
Since you do not state a specific region:
No particular order:
1. Have the tie rods check. Loose bent can cause
this.
2. Check the wheel bearings to be sure tight and
packed. correctly.
3. Check the drive shaft to make sure none of the
knuckles have come loose.
4. Check the shocks to make sure none have
collapsed.
5. Are there any loose body panels?
Have someone tag along and watch each side of
the vehicle when the vibration starts. See if they
can spot the problem area.

Hope this helps!

Posted on May 27, 2010

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