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At 20-30 mph my 2004 Galant seems to wabble. At speeds higher than these, the steering wheel does have a *very slight* vibration. These are 1 year old tires and have been rebalanced with no help. I jacked the car to push and pull on each tire and found no play on any tire. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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  • f250roadhog May 20, 2011

    I apologize for not saying, but I have replaced the front and back rotors along with new pads to see if the problem would go away. It did not. When I had the tires off, I rolled the tires along my driveway and didn't notice any flat spots or abnormalities. I haven't had the alignment checked, but I am also wandering if I could possibly have a warped wheel, or a bushing or bushings of some kind may be bad.

  • f250roadhog May 20, 2011

    I forgot to add that I have changed both front and back rotors and pads, yet the problem was still there. When the tires were off while doing this, I rolled them on my driveway and saw no abnormalities.

  • f250roadhog May 20, 2011

    Wouldn't only a speed of 20-30 mph rule out the possiblity of a tire issue? Also, I recall myself looking pretty close at the tires, b/c I thought the same thing you just stated. I didn't see anything unusual. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  • f250roadhog May 21, 2011

    I'll have to check on this. That is something I have not heard of. Thanks and I'll reply if it works.

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You need to have the tires road force balanced. This is a procedure that measures the high point of the rim and the low point of the tire .After they measure this they can index the rim and tire . A tire can pass a balance test and still have a wobble to or vibration . A major tire store can perform this procedure .From your description i bet your going to find out that it is a rear tire causing your problem.

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    Jeffery Lewis May 21, 2011

    you are welcome good luck i'll keep checking for you response.

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You most likely have a belt separation in one of your tires. It could come completely apart at higher speeds. I recommend that you get this checked out and repaired as soon as possible. Give your tires a thorough visual inspection. Don't forget to look at the inside edges too. Many times this is missed because people do not get down and really look at them. If you see anything obvious like knots, bulges in the tread, or exposed cords, get that fixed immediately before doing anything else.

Sometimes you cannot see the problem by "looking" at the tire. In these cases, you can find out which one is causing the problem by rotating the tires front to rear one side at a time. Rotate one side and see if the "wobble" and vibration moves to the rear of the car. If rotating the first side makes no change, then rotate the other side. This will tell you for sure if it is being caused by a tire. If it does not change or seem to "move" then there is something else wrong. Let me know and I can give you other things to check if necessary.

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    dttech May 21, 2011

    No the speed you are describing actually INCREASES the chance that it is being caused by an INTERNAL tire problem. Did you actually mount the tires up in different positions to see if the symptoms changed? or did you just put them back to where they came from? Also, I am not surprised that replacing the brakes did not help. Brakes will only case a vibration when the brakes are applied and is MUCH worse when braking at high speeds.

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I would have the front-end alignment checked. Also, have your ball-joints and tie-rods checked for wear. Worn or warped rotors can also cause a slight vibration. Jack up the driver's side front tire and turn the wheel by hand. While turning the wheel, check for greater resistance in any spot on the rotor. This would indicate warped or worn rotors. You may also want to check the factor minimum brake rotor thickness specification. Other than that, you may have a flat spot in 1 or more of your tires.

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    Jeremy Moore May 21, 2011

    You mentioned you haven't had the front end alignment checked. I would have that checked before replacing bushings, etc.

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