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Wheel Balancing issue

Hi Friends,

I have a 2012 Cruze 2LT with 124k miles on it. Recently I noticed that my steering wheel shakes a bit at 60 MPH. I got the wheel balancing done multiple times and the issue gets resolved temporarily but usually within 2 days the steering wheel starts to shake again. Any idea how can I resolve this.

Note: I have new tires on the car and I recently changed all four brake pads and rotors.

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Are you going in and telling them you want an alignment or telling them you have a problem? Shaking steering wheel or a vibration usually is not a sign of an alignment.

Can you give a more detailed explanation of when the shaking occurs? Such as when applying brakes? A certain speed?

Something like a warped front rotor might shake a little but you should feel a pulsating in the brakes when used.

Did the issue start before or after the tires were put on? A new tire with a belt issue could cause vibration problems. Move the front tires to the back to see if the problem moves with the tires

An out of balance front tire could cause it all the time.

Worn steering components could cause it also.

Did someone hit a curb bending a wheel?

Someone really needs to jack the car up an give it a thorough inspection. With the wheels hanging in the air, checking for loose or worn components.
 

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Won't be the first time I purchased new tires to get one bad one, go back to your dealer.

Kids were always calling me with tire balance problems, should make a recording, have to leave their vehicles outside, dam road salt, settles at the bottom of the rim and freezes up overnight, only cure is to wait until summer comes.

Another problem with road salt, gets in the rim, average tire you have about nine feet of total circumference with tubeless tires that create slow leaks. TPMS sure in the **** doesn't cure this, but created new problems, in the last two months, the idiot repairing theses road salt created leaks broke that wheel sensor. Who pays for this? Push down a tad bit too much when trying to remove a tire, that sucker will snap off. One friend has been waiting for their dealer to get a replacement for two months, nothing but excuses.

If you do have a low tire, still can't find air any place to fill it, entire country is going insane.

Another complete ripoff is what they charge for a four wheel alignment, on practically all these cars, the only adjustment they have is the toe in. Any thing else, parts have got to be replaced.

Another bad joke is McPherson suspension, key reason, cheap, every time you hit a bump, front tires have side scrubbing. Cure is to have your tires rotated every 7,500 miles, doesn't do a dam thing to prevent wear, but evens it out among all four.

Another bad joke is ABS, pulsing a wheel in no way quicker slows down a vehicle on glare ice as opposed to very light breaking or engine braking, just a hail of a lot more expense for the consumer. Never was good to have a corporate controlled congress.
 

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Wow, this is a rant!!! Lot of solutions, though!:sigh:


Won't be the first time I purchased new tires to get one bad one, go back to your dealer.

Kids were always calling me with tire balance problems, should make a recording, have to leave their vehicles outside, dam road salt, settles at the bottom of the rim and freezes up overnight, only cure is to wait until summer comes.

Another problem with road salt, gets in the rim, average tire you have about nine feet of total circumference with tubeless tires that create slow leaks. TPMS sure in the **** doesn't cure this, but created new problems, in the last two months, the idiot repairing theses road salt created leaks broke that wheel sensor. Who pays for this? Push down a tad bit too much when trying to remove a tire, that sucker will snap off. One friend has been waiting for their dealer to get a replacement for two months, nothing but excuses.

If you do have a low tire, still can't find air any place to fill it, entire country is going insane.

Another complete ripoff is what they charge for a four wheel alignment, on practically all these cars, the only adjustment they have is the toe in. Any thing else, parts have got to be replaced.

Another bad joke is McPherson suspension, key reason, cheap, every time you hit a bump, front tires have side scrubbing. Cure is to have your tires rotated every 7,500 miles, doesn't do a dam thing to prevent wear, but evens it out among all four.

Another bad joke is ABS, pulsing a wheel in no way quicker slows down a vehicle on glare ice as opposed to very light breaking or engine braking, just a hail of a lot more expense for the consumer. Never was good to have a corporate controlled congress.
 

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If it only occurs when brakes are applied, it's very likely a warped rotor. With new pads and rotors, unless you did some very aggressive braking since they were put on it may be a caliper sticking and causing excess heat. If it vibrates all the time, it's most likely a defective tire. Check to see if the new tires have red or yellow dots of paint on the sidewall - if they're there and none are aligned with the valve stems, they need to be. (Speaking from experience.) If it's a defective tire you should have some recourse to the manufacturer. Bad alignment shouldn't cause a high-speed vibration, especially over the course of just a few days. It'd have to be pretty rediculous to do what you're describing. If you just happen to be near Campbellsville, KY, PM me and we'll get to the bottom of it!
 
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