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jp467 09-19-2011 03:23 PM

Tire vibration??
I have been getting this slight vibration shimmy in the steering wheel off and on for a while. It is around 68-74 mph I have had the wheels balanced a couple times and today I torqued the lugs to the recommended 110 ft lbs. I know there have been other posts about this on this and other forums. I was just wondering how many Overland owner have this and have any been able to get it corrected?

Scottina06 09-19-2011 03:44 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
have you had a roadforce balance done?

jp467 09-19-2011 06:06 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
Yes road force both times and both times they said they were off by a half a once. It's not a bad vibration just a slight shimmy in the steering wheel and sometimes its not there at all.

Jeff_Jeske 09-19-2011 11:25 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
I took mine in to the dealer to get this checked out today. They told me it was normal for the 20" wheels. In fact I test drove three other overlands and they all did the same exact thing.

I really don't know what to say about this issue. I certainly do not want a $45k truck with a vibrating steering wheel especially right at the speed I normally drive at. I cannot believe Jeep would let this go uncorrected.

I've heard some people say they were able to rid themselves of the issue by buying new tires but I don't plan on spending yet another $1k on crap for the truck.

Has anyone gotten this issue resolved?

mjw930 09-20-2011 08:47 AM

Re: Tire vibration??
It's the tires and if they have been force balanced you're stuck with it. When I went from Goodyears to Yokahama's the speed of vibration changed. When I went to Michelin's the vibration went away completely. Same wheels, same balance machine (Coats) but 3 different tires.

Good luck but my bet is you are SOL.

moosehead 09-20-2011 08:56 AM

Re: Tire vibration??
Longshot, but sometimes a spot of mud or snow either stuck to the inside rim or rubber can cause the shimmies. Likely not the case as it sounds like your gear is clean given the multiple balance efforts.

Sorry, no problems here with the 20's.

blevett 09-20-2011 11:24 AM

Re: Tire vibration??
I had the vibration with the 20" wheels and took it into the dealer. They re-balanced the wheels and the vibration seems to be be gone for now.

Jeff_Jeske 09-20-2011 12:23 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
Dealer called me back and had me take the truck to a GoodYear facility that can "road balance". They are doing this under warranty. I don't have the truck back yet but if it fixes the issue I will shart myself.

Ratchet 09-20-2011 01:23 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
Make them give you a printout sheet of the results of the road force balance procedure. Anything over 25lbs of road force, and I'd ask them to replace the tire. You paid a good chunk of change for your Jeep and they should resolve your issue. On the other hand, just because the machine shows a low road force value (lower the better) and the tire/wheel assembly has been balanced properly, that doesn't rule out other runout issues. I've seen way too many tires with bad belt splices that cause ride complaints even with low road force and proper balance. If the tech performing the procedure actually gives a s#it, he can spot the issue with the belt splices.

Jeff_Jeske 09-20-2011 07:26 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
So as it turns out 3 of 4 wheels were not in balance. They stated they were dialed in at 17lbs or whatever that means. None the less even after the more intense balancing the truck still has a shake at 75mph. It's really no better or no worse than it was before.

My service rep is a long time friend and he is looking in to options beyond road balancing. I will keep you all informed.

Ratchet 09-20-2011 08:24 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
Kinda odd that all 4 tires would have the same exact road force measurement.

Crawl under your Jeep and look at the back side of the wheels. Take a look at the weights they used to perform the balance. Did they use a hammer on weight on the rear most edge of the wheel and adhesive weights near the front? If so, that's about the best dynamic balance you can perform. Note, not all tire/wheel combos will require weights on the inside and outside. Some only require weight in one location or the other while in rare occasions, the tire/wheel combo will require none.

If they performed a "static" balance, you will see a strip of adhesive weights in the center most area of the wheel. Definately not my preferred type of wheel balance.

What amount of air pressure are you running in your tires?

jp467 09-20-2011 09:58 PM

Re: Tire vibration??
I'm going to take mine into the dealer tomorrow and see what they say. I have already had these things balanced a couple times. I tried the Michelin latitude touring HP for a while those were too hard a ride and the vibration came back with those as well. It seems when I get them balanced it goes away at first then comes back. Its almost like the tires are turning on the rims and throwing the balance off. It can't be by much because its just a slight shimmy its doesn't shake real bad.

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