Shakes or Wobbles problem
2008 Volkswagen Jetta Two Wheel Drive Automatic 38900 miles
I bought a set of Konig 17" x 8" (et40) wheels, hubcentric rings and General 225/45R17 Exclaim UHP tires. I immeadiately had steering wheel vibration/shimmy problems as soon as they were installed. The shop I bought the tires from rebalanced them 3 times then said that's all they could do, it must be the wheels.
I took it by Firestone and they road force balanced them and said that the wheels were fine but the tires had excess runout and needed to be replaced.
The original shop had General replace the tires but I still had a shimmy/vibration at highway speed.
I took it by a third shop, they road forced balanced them and said they were dead on. They rotated the tires to see if it would help but it made it worse. Now, frequently (but not all the time), when I go about 20 mph the car has a visible wobble that goes away at about 25 mph and the steering wheel shimmies at 62 mph+.
Just out of curiousity, I increased the tire pressure from 34 lbs to 40 lbs and it seemed to reduce the wobble feel but the shimmy/vibration is still present at highway speeds.
I'm not sure what to do next.
Friday, October 15th, 2010 AT 8:53 AM