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ford focus mk2 steering wheel vibration 1.6 2007 style

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#16 al3xse

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:11 PM

Assuming you've checked for distorted wheels I'd have thought the next place to look would be the driveshafts and their joints. As the vibration is noticeable from such a low speed I'd check for the shafts running out of true and have a close look at the inner tripod joints.

Thanks for the advice. Is there anything distinctive about steering wheel vibration linked to the driveshafts? Do you suspect driveshafts due to the reason that from 40mph I can notice a vibrate? Any other major give aways?

And this will seem like a silly question but when looking at the driveshafts how can I tell if they are knackered or not?

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 08:46 AM

I started driving on Minis and the inner joints on those were rubber cruciform types. They were clamped in using U-bolts and if not properly aligned would cause the shaft to run out of true. This had two effects : firstly they would be out of balance, although as they were relatively light weight this didn't cause much of a problem. The other effect was that it cased the wheel rotation to be very slightly uneven which reflected through the steering as a wobble. This was noticeable at low speed more than high. The joints were always troublesome because they got oily, the rubber swelled and they started knocking on the transmission casing.

 

Modern shafts use the tripod joints with needle roller bearings and don't, as far as I know, suffer from misalignment but as you seem to have eliminated wheels and tyres as the source of the problem I just thought it would be worth checking to see if the shafts are running true or, worst case, bent. The only way I know of is to jack up and turn the wheels whilst looking at the shafts.



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:22 AM

I started driving on Minis and the inner joints on those were rubber cruciform types. They were clamped in using U-bolts and if not properly aligned would cause the shaft to run out of true. This had two effects : firstly they would be out of balance, although as they were relatively light weight this didn't cause much of a problem. The other effect was that it cased the wheel rotation to be very slightly uneven which reflected through the steering as a wobble. This was noticeable at low speed more than high. The joints were always troublesome because they got oily, the rubber swelled and they started knocking on the transmission casing.
 
Modern shafts use the tripod joints with needle roller bearings and don't, as far as I know, suffer from misalignment but as you seem to have eliminated wheels and tyres as the source of the problem I just thought it would be worth checking to see if the shafts are running true or, worst case, bent. The only way I know of is to jack up and turn the wheels whilst looking at the shafts.


Thanks I plan on jacking up the car and taking a look today see if I notice anything wrong :)

I'm taking it back to the garage I bought next week as the a/c needs gassing which they are happy to do, I doubt they'll be so happy to see me continuing to complain about the shaky steering wheel ... Last time when I was there they did try resolving it my doing the balancing & tracking which in fairness I thought would sort it.

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:23 AM

I have a similar issue on the car I just go, but only at 70mph plus, wheels and tracking all ok, although it did get a little better after I had them adjusted, tires a little worn but will try the swap front rear suggestion to see if persists.
 
I also tried a little left foot braking at speed, if discs warped problem should stop as they are applied which it didn't.
 
To date im none the wiser, need to folk out a small fortune on DPF removal first this week followed by some oil maintenance, injection seal replacements etc all those things that have a habit of helping it to go bang when you least expect, then I'll get a look at the vibration problems.... 


Once you have chance to investigate the vibration & If you find a cure please let me know :D thanks in advance.


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