Suspension, Steering and Brakes Pulsing vibrations

Discussion in '6th Generation (1997-2002)' started by synaesthesia, Monday 29th Jul, 2013.

  1. synaesthesia Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Nick Derby
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    Gonna try and explain this one!

    Only noticed it for the first time after doing a long run (150 mile) yesterday.

    Steering wheel is vibrating in pulses. So, one moment it's fine (3 seconds), then it vibrates fairly heavily for 3 seconds, then the vibrations die away and it's smooth for 3 seconds, then vibrates, then smooth. No difference whether I'm turning slightly in either direction or going straight.

    It's not the road surfaces or pressures, and I don't (to the best of my knowledge) have Parkinsons, and this seems like a very odd symptom to me! If there was an issue with a tyre or wheel, I'd imagine the vibration to be constant, if it was a bearing maybe the same and more noticable when going in a certain direction.

    Any clues or thoughts? :Smile:

    (It bloody hurt after doing that distance as I have a bad wrist + the drive was M25/M11/A14 so didn't touch the clutch or brakes for the best part of 2 hours!)
     
  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Power steering/power steering pump issue ??
     
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  3. synaesthesia Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Nick Derby
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    Didn't think of that - is there anything I can do to try and narrow that down?
     
  4. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Check you've got correct amount of power steering fluid in reservoir.

    Jack the front of the car up, turn the steering lock to lock a few times, listen for noises and see if the steering feels OK.
     
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  5. synaesthesia Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Nick Derby
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    All seemed OK first thing this morning. Decided to bite the bullet and change one of my tyres which I thought might be an issue - problem solved (nearside front). Smooth as anything now, although still seems odd that a dodgy tyre would cause a pulsing vibration like that!

    Cheers for the input as usual :Grin:
     
  6. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    yup tyres which is under inflated will flex and get deformed with time and budget tyres are known to do it as default.

    fresh tyres always transform a car,glad you are sorted.
     
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