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Old 19 Sep 2008, 10:28 am   #1 (permalink)
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Steering wheel shakes at freeway speeds at 60mph and above. It shakes most
of the time above 60mph but not all the time. Removed the tires and checked
on a static bubble balancer I purchased. All tires seem to be right on with
the static balancer so I proceeded to rotate the tires and now wife said its
worse and shakes even more.

Just wondering, we always had problems with the wheel shake on both the OEM
and the replacement tires on the Camry. Both sets of new tires ran ok for
the first few thousand miles but than started to shake - rotating it doesn't
help. Are Camrys fussy with tires, don't have this problem on other cars
with the same and other brand of tires? Could it also be the wheel
alignment?



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Old 19 Sep 2008, 11:23 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Sep 19, 10:28*am, " Frank" <x> wrote:
> Steering wheel shakes at freeway speeds at 60mph and above. It shakes most
> of the time above 60mph but not all the time. Removed the tires and checked
> on a static bubble balancer I purchased. All tires seem to be right on with
> the static balancer so I proceeded to rotate the tires and now wife said its
> worse and shakes even more.
>
> Just wondering, we always had problems with the wheel shake on both the OEM
> and the replacement tires on the Camry. Both sets of new tires ran ok for
> the first few thousand miles but than started to shake - rotating it doesn't
> help. Are Camrys fussy with tires, don't have this problem on other cars
> with the same and other brand of tires? Could it also be the wheel
> alignment?


Bubble balancers are junk, you need it Force tested and computer
tested, these are 2-4000$ machines at real tire shops. You can have a
broken belt thats not visable even with the tire off, I did, or a bad
CV joint. I would never use a bubble balancer, they are a joke. Your
vehicles will ride 100% better with real balancing.
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Old 19 Sep 2008, 06:51 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Check the Popular Mechanics article:

Diagnosing And Repairing Wheel Vibration
http://www.popularmechanics.com/how_...06.html?page=1


On Sep 19, 8:28*am, " Frank" <x> wrote:
> Steering wheel shakes at freeway speeds at 60mph and above. It shakes most
> of the time above 60mph but not all the time. Removed the tires and checked
> on a static bubble balancer I purchased. All tires seem to be right on with
> the static balancer so I proceeded to rotate the tires and now wife said its
> worse and shakes even more.
>
> Just wondering, we always had problems with the wheel shake on both the OEM
> and the replacement tires on the Camry. Both sets of new tires ran ok for
> the first few thousand miles but than started to shake - rotating it doesn't
> help. Are Camrys fussy with tires, don't have this problem on other cars
> with the same and other brand of tires? Could it also be the wheel
> alignment?


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Old 19 Sep 2008, 06:55 pm   #4 (permalink)
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If rotation doesn't move the problem to another corner and the wheels
balanced OK, then you should check things like wheel bearings, CV
joints (particularly inner), disc rotor warpage, etc. The wheel lugs
should be tightened with a torque wrench, such as:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...Itemnumber=239

These are so cheap ($15) on sale nobody should be without one.



On Sep 19, 8:28*am, " Frank" <x> wrote:
> Steering wheel shakes at freeway speeds at 60mph and above. It shakes most
> of the time above 60mph but not all the time. Removed the tires and checked
> on a static bubble balancer I purchased. All tires seem to be right on with
> the static balancer so I proceeded to rotate the tires and now wife said its
> worse and shakes even more.
>
> Just wondering, we always had problems with the wheel shake on both the OEM
> and the replacement tires on the Camry. Both sets of new tires ran ok for
> the first few thousand miles but than started to shake - rotating it doesn't
> help. Are Camrys fussy with tires, don't have this problem on other cars
> with the same and other brand of tires? Could it also be the wheel
> alignment?


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Old 23 Sep 2008, 08:16 am   #5 (permalink)
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" Frank" <x> wrote in message
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> Steering wheel shakes at freeway speeds at 60mph and above. It shakes most
> of the time above 60mph but not all the time. Removed the tires and

checked
> on a static bubble balancer I purchased. All tires seem to be right on

with
> the static balancer so I proceeded to rotate the tires and now wife said

its
> worse and shakes even more.
>
> Just wondering, we always had problems with the wheel shake on both the

OEM
> and the replacement tires on the Camry. Both sets of new tires ran ok for
> the first few thousand miles but than started to shake - rotating it

doesn't
> help. Are Camrys fussy with tires, don't have this problem on other cars
> with the same and other brand of tires? Could it also be the wheel
> alignment?


I had a terrible time with pulling to one side. The tire shop said (!) they
couldn't find anything wrong and said(!) they rotated the tires. Nothing
helped. Eventually I purchased a pair of good tires from a different place
and that cured the problem.

I was told that hitting a pothole or curb can dent the steel bands in the
tires. That can result in problems.


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Old 28 Sep 2008, 01:07 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"ransley" <Mark_Ransley@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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On Sep 19, 10:28 am, " Frank" <x> wrote:
> Steering wheel shakes at freeway speeds at 60mph and above. It shakes most
> of the time above 60mph but not all the time. Removed the tires and
> checked
> on a static bubble balancer I purchased. All tires seem to be right on
> with
> the static balancer so I proceeded to rotate the tires and now wife said
> its
> worse and shakes even more.
>
> Just wondering, we always had problems with the wheel shake on both the
> OEM
> and the replacement tires on the Camry. Both sets of new tires ran ok for
> the first few thousand miles but than started to shake - rotating it
> doesn't
> help. Are Camrys fussy with tires, don't have this problem on other cars
> with the same and other brand of tires? Could it also be the wheel
> alignment?


Bubble balancers are junk, you need it Force tested and computer
tested, these are 2-4000$ machines at real tire shops. You can have a
broken belt thats not visable even with the tire off, I did, or a bad
CV joint. I would never use a bubble balancer, they are a joke. Your
vehicles will ride 100% better with real balancing.

=======================

Go the bubble balancer just for a rough check. Got a new set of 4 tires and
had it dynamically balanced and filled with nitrogen. Runs nice now, no
shakes whatsoever. Will take it out for 4 wheel alignment job later.



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Old 29 Sep 2008, 06:51 am   #7 (permalink)
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Nitrogen??? Air is 80% nitrogen.



" Frank" <x> wrote in message
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> "ransley" <Mark_Ransley@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:482df959-d76d-45ee-a86a-fac5fe620a55@m73g2000hsh.googlegroups.com...
> On Sep 19, 10:28 am, " Frank" <x> wrote:
> > Steering wheel shakes at freeway speeds at 60mph and above. It shakes

most
> > of the time above 60mph but not all the time. Removed the tires and
> > checked
> > on a static bubble balancer I purchased. All tires seem to be right on
> > with
> > the static balancer so I proceeded to rotate the tires and now wife said
> > its
> > worse and shakes even more.
> >
> > Just wondering, we always had problems with the wheel shake on both the
> > OEM
> > and the replacement tires on the Camry. Both sets of new tires ran ok

for
> > the first few thousand miles but than started to shake - rotating it
> > doesn't
> > help. Are Camrys fussy with tires, don't have this problem on other cars
> > with the same and other brand of tires? Could it also be the wheel
> > alignment?

>
> Bubble balancers are junk, you need it Force tested and computer
> tested, these are 2-4000$ machines at real tire shops. You can have a
> broken belt thats not visable even with the tire off, I did, or a bad
> CV joint. I would never use a bubble balancer, they are a joke. Your
> vehicles will ride 100% better with real balancing.
>
> =======================
>
> Go the bubble balancer just for a rough check. Got a new set of 4 tires

and
> had it dynamically balanced and filled with nitrogen. Runs nice now, no
> shakes whatsoever. Will take it out for 4 wheel alignment job later.
>
>
>



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Old 30 Sep 2008, 01:28 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"Stubby" <William.Plummer*NO*SPAM*@alum.mit.edu> wrote in message
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> Nitrogen??? Air is 80% nitrogen.
>


Yes that's the new thing. Larger molecules than oxygen and so less leaks
among other benefits, that's the theory anyway.

http://www.tiresavernitrogen.com/?gc...FRg6awodsQaYFA



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Old 01 Oct 2008, 09:43 am   #9 (permalink)
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But are they selling you air and calling it "nitrogen"? How big are O2 and
N2 molecules?

" Frank" <x> wrote in message
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> "Stubby" <William.Plummer*NO*SPAM*@alum.mit.edu> wrote in message
> news:Jv-dne6POeWDXH3VnZ2dnUVZ_rzinZ2d@comcast.com...
> > Nitrogen??? Air is 80% nitrogen.
> >

>
> Yes that's the new thing. Larger molecules than oxygen and so less leaks
> among other benefits, that's the theory anyway.
>
> http://www.tiresavernitrogen.com/?gc...FRg6awodsQaYFA
>
>
>



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Old 01 Oct 2008, 01:02 pm   #10 (permalink)
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On Oct 1, 7:43 am, "Stubby" <William.Plummer*NO*SP...@alum.mit.edu>
wrote:
> But are they selling you air and calling it "nitrogen"? How big are O2 and
> N2 molecules?



It's a diffusion thing. While in school I saw membrane specs
(membranes were meant to separate gases under pressure) where the
larger molecule will pass through the membrane... theory is that the
gas is "soluble" in the membrane, allowing it to pass through...

Michael
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