2010 Volkswagen Jetta

Tiny
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Shakes or Wobbles problem
2010 Volkswagen Jetta Front Wheel Drive Automatic

Hi there! I'm having an interesting shake issue with my car. I'll set up the scene - basically, someone changed lanes into the side of my brand new car on the freeway (hitting the right side). It basically took out my passenger side mirror, and tore back a piece of the right rear quarter panel. When I got the car repaired, the collision repair center did an alignment on my car.

When I got the car back, I noticed that it shook just a tiny bit. The shaking got a little worse, and then I realized that even though my alignment had been "done", my car now pulled to the right. So, about a week later, I went and had my alignment re-done. That didn't fix the shake issue. So, the same day I went and had my tires balanced and rotated. A couple of the tires were off, which still did not fix the shake. When I described the issue to the tire repair center, they told me that what I described could have been a bent rim, but they would let me know. No bent rim.

Even on a completely smooth road/street/etc, if feels like the car is bouncing a little bit.. from the back. I have a bottle of water in the drink holder, and you can see the vibrations from the car at any speed (doesn't matter if you're going 10mph or 70). The car rode so smooth pre-repair.

It feels like the shake is coming from the back of the car, and I noticed on the right rear tire (the area of the "accident") there is a bit of brake dust (or rust) on the area around the rotor. I checked the left rear side, and it looks nothing like the right.

So, I've ruled out balance issues, and alignment issues. What next? Do I need to have the rotors resurfaced, or turned? Did the impact possible push the tire in and jack up anything in its way? My roommate actually said that it "looks like" the wheel just isn't sitting right when I back up or move forward. Although he may just be a little crazy. I've attached a picture of both.

Any direction/help immensely appreciated!


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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 2:14 PM

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Tiny
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Is there any noise or just the shaking?
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Saturday, September 11th, 2010 AT 7:31 PM
Tiny
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No noise at all - just the shaking. It seems like the intensity of the shake depends on the surface I'm driving on (a street vs. An alley or something). It doesn't seem to intensify (like a violent shake) with speed though - it's pretty much the same whether I'm going 10 or 80. When at a lower speed, it feels like the car is almost bouncing. That's what the shake feels like. It's weird.
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Monday, September 13th, 2010 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
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How many miles do you have on this vehicle? Also with wheels off ground check your balljoint to make sure it isnt bent or loose and also check other suspension components to make sure all bolts are tight and nothing bent. I would check with no weight on suspension (wheels off ground) and also with weight just to make sure nothing is loose and moving because of the weight of the vehicle.
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Monday, September 13th, 2010 AT 8:12 PM
Tiny
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Almost 12k. I don't have any means of getting the car/wheels off the ground to check - but the balljoint is a good starting point! Is there anything else that I may want to check if that turns out to be fine?
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Monday, September 13th, 2010 AT 8:49 PM
Tiny
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If balljoint is fine make sure springs arent broken, strust arent bent and control arm and tie rod are ok. And not loose or bent. If you only have 12k, you should be able to take to VW dealer under factory warranty or back to the body shop that performed body work. They should have whats called a frame alignment rack at a body shop. They can put your vehicle on this and see if the frame is bent or anything else on the car may be slightly bent not visible to the naked eye.
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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 AT 8:56 AM
Tiny
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Sounds good! I'm going to make an appointment with my VW dealer, plead insanity, and hope that they will fix whatever it is under warranty. They'll probably be able to tell that I was in an accident though, so we'll see.

Thanks again!
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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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Not a problem. Glad to help. If they are a good dealer more than likely they would warranty it just to get a new customer. So good luck hope all works out
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Sunday, October 10th, 2010 AT 1:09 PM

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