Front end vibration

Tiny
CMZANNN
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  • 2003 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 134,934 MILES
On the freeway last night all the sudden the front end started to vibrate at sixty five mph. When I backed off it stopped the struts need to be replaced because when cutting wheels the clack clack is present. Also, I bought two used tires for front Sunday because others threadbare I noticed when leaving shop, passenger side felt out of round. It drove smooth until last night. I was able to get freeway speed by slowly accelerating. Should I focus on tire rotation putting fronts in back rear tires are in real good shape. Due to fixed income and unforeseen expenses this month I need to fix this myself which is why I came to the very best. You two have always helped me money or not in a timely fashion straight help, no BS. You are the very best on the web or anywhere. Thanking you in advance.
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Friday, January 13th, 2017 AT 6:51 AM

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Tiny
LOU P
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Hello, Lou here, if the problem did not occur until the tire replacement then the first thing I would check is make sure the lug nuts are tight, just to be certain. Next I would rotate to the rear to see if the issue persists, that would give me without a doubt a reason to suspect the used tires. Either a belt slipped or a wheel weight came loose, hope this helps, Lou.
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Friday, January 13th, 2017 AT 7:03 AM
Tiny
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Thanx Lou I did move tires and regulate air pressure. Helped tremendously the car seemed to ride smooth. Noticed some bouncing. Like a stiff suspension
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Sunday, January 15th, 2017 AT 12:30 PM
Tiny
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Also Lou when I rotated tires and regulating air pressure I noticed a slight imperfection on the rim edge could that be causing bouncing?
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Sunday, January 15th, 2017 AT 12:42 PM
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KEN
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Not really, I am thinking it will be a problem with the front CV axles, here is a guide to help you replace the parts. Also check the lower ball joints.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-cv-axle

Please let me know what happens so it will help others.

Best, Ken
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Thursday, January 19th, 2017 AT 1:28 AM
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LOU P
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In my opinion it depends on how big the imperfection is, if the rim is bent enough the tire will actually conform to the bend and wear more in that area and cause a wobble that can be felt when driving very slowly through a flat parking lot, you can feel the car shimmy side to side. But at least you know the issue is due to the tires. I would get a new set as soon as you can as you can have a slipped belt as well.
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Thursday, January 19th, 2017 AT 2:32 AM
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KEN
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Good call Lou :)
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Thursday, January 19th, 2017 AT 6:16 AM
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LOU P
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Appreciate that Ken, cmzann please let us know the outcome :)
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Thursday, January 19th, 2017 AT 7:48 AM

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