Steering Oscillations

Steve Sears steve.sears at
Sat Jan 24 14:08:21 PST 2015

‎If the mechanic who did the safety removed a tire to check the brake pads, it is possible that they forgot to torque up the wheel bolts when the car was off the lift. You may have been singing "you picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel" :-)
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To: Vincent Gelinas <vrgelinas at>, Grant Lenahan
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Couldn't all this just be a tire going out of round without any other failure? I wonder if the sound could just be the side wall or tread rubbing the inner fender well or strut tower intermittenly. 
Hopefully that is it since the tire is ruined anyway. I would use the widow maker to lift the car to spin the wheel and listen. That can be done without getting underneath of it. 

Just my tax-free 2 cents...

On Saturday, January 24, 2015 1:12 PM, Vincent Gelinas <vrgelinas at> wrote:

I agree, the timing was pretty funny. I was going to throw a reference to the Dacia Sandero under the good news part, but I couldn't find a good place for it. 

I'll get it up on a lift as soon as I can and report back. 



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> On Jan 24, 2015, at 12:57, Grant Lenahan <glenahan at> wrote:
> yep
>> On Jan 24, 2015, at 12:17 PM, Huw Powell <audi at> wrote:
>> On the abstract side of things, here is what I find alarming:
>> "Good news! My car passed inspection and I have a [safety] sticker!
>> Bad news! On the way home, something in my front end started squeaking, there was a soft pop going around a curve, then my steering wheel started oscillating violently, so I limped home."
>> Please tell the world which shop failed to identify this imminent failure.
>> I realize not everything that can break necessarily shows signs just before it goes, but the timing couldn't be more hilarious.
>> - Huw

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