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Vibration in steering column

Have vibration in steering column of my 2005 Buick Terraza. What causes that? Have had to dealer three times. Says no balance or alignment problems. Claims it's the nature of the beast.

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If your vibration comes and goes with different speeds, most likely problem is balance in tires/wheels. a bent wheel often vibrates more with higher speeds. if the vibration is stong in the steering wheel, the problem is normally in the front end, if you feel in more in the seat or body of the car then look to the rear end.

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More than likely, you have a steel belt broke in the tire.

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