How many miles are on the tires? How are they worn out? Do you feel the wobble in the steering wheel, seat, or both?
Goodyear tires often develop broken belts when the tread is worn out. Tire belt wobble will show up below 25 mph.
Worn inner cv joint housings can cause a wobble in the steering wheel but only when under acceleration.
Accept in rare instances, alignment problems do not cause wobbles or shimmies but they do cause tire wear. The way the tires are tipped in or out on top is not adjustable on your car without performing modifications. If one tire is misaligned this way, the car will usually pull to one side when you let go of the steering wheel, and that tire will be worn only on the inside or outside edge.
If one or both tires are not adjusted to steer straight ahead when the steering wheel is straight will cause identical tire wear to both tires on the same axle. If the fronts of the tires are closer together than the rear of the tires, the outer edges will be scrubbed off. If one or both tires are steering away from the center of the car's path, both tires on that axle will scrub off on the inside edges. If only one tire is misadjusted this way, the steering wheel will not be straight when you are driving down a straight road, but still, both tires will wear equally. It is possible for both tires to be turned an equal amount in opposite directions. That will result in a straight steering wheel but the tire wear on the inside or outside edges will still occur.
Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AT 12:09 AM