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Old 02-13-2002, 11:03 PM   #1
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Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
2002 Outback Sport
Aspen White

Thumbs up Vibrations While Driving

OK. This was actually a really simple problem, however I didn't actually think about it until MrJoe said something. Good call, Joe!

My car was driving just fine last week, then, all of a sudden it started shaking like an SOB at about 55mph. I figured it had to be something to do with the wheels, but I wasn't sure what. MrJoe told me to check the wheels for ice build-up. Sure enough, there was uneven snow/ice build-up on the inside of the rims. Not much at all, actually, so I brushed it off and cruised down the highway. Voila! Smooth riding again! Yay!

I didn't realise that so little ice on the wheels would generate enough centripetal force to make the car shake like it did! It was BAD. At 55 I could watch the passanger seat shake back-and-forth (about 1" of movement was my guess) and my teeth would chatter. Thank God it's fixed!

Thanks again, Joe. Oh, and another tip from MrJoe. Don't drive around with mounds of duct tape smooshed onto a tire. You will notice similar effects
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Old 02-13-2002, 11:10 PM   #2
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Man I get that a lot! Damn parking lots are like magnets for scoobies!

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Old 02-14-2002, 01:39 AM   #3
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Good thing, I always thought it was my special toy. I figured it was the ice in the rims because it was still vibrating when I turned the thing off. The vibration gets worse if you try to wash it off at the carwash and you miss it. It ices up into a ball.
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Old 02-14-2002, 02:43 AM   #4
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Oh yeah, after driving up Arctic Vally Road and then hittting the highway, want to talk about some off balance wheels!! Now when I buy winter rims, I make sure and git rims with lots of room to break the snow out.

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Old 02-14-2002, 07:24 AM   #5
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Glad to hear that you figured it out. I hate it when it snows alot and then the snow gets caught up in the rims. The brakes get warm and melt the snow around the rotors. As your car cools, the melted snow freezes around the rotors. Then, when you go to drive it feels like the brakes are stuck. Winslow
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Old 02-15-2002, 04:02 AM   #6
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Glad i have a warm garage to melt the ice and snow off
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Old 02-15-2002, 07:19 AM   #7
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yah...me too! heated garage is nice! all the snow and ice is gone the next day and all that is left is the grime!
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