I just had my Taurus serviced at the dealer today for an oil change and
tire rotation. After it has been serviced, I drove it home and noticed it
was vibrating no matter how fast I was going. It seems that the rear tires
are vibrating. It could be all four. My vehicle has 37,000 miles on it.
Everything else seems to be fine. What's causing the problem? Any ideas?
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
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When they rotated the tires, they could either have damaged them, not
tightened the lugnuts properly (check that IMMEDIATELY), or they are not
quite mounted properly. It's possible a wheel weight came off, or
something is preventing a wheel from sitting flat on the hub.
I would get this checked IMMEDIATELY. A bad lugnut or improperly mounted
wheel could break or even fall off. Continued vibrations could damage
wheel bearings over time.
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My brother said the exact same thing. I will jack up my car tomorrow and
check them. I will look for the wheel weights and make sure the tires are
mounted properly. I don't think they are mounted properly. There may be
missing wheel weights. (Replacement wheel weights aren't too expensive.)
After I returned home from the dealer, their service department was already
closed. I was boiling mad. However, I politely e-mailed thier service
depatment manager notifying him the problem. I hope things work out with
him. I find it hard to believe that they won the Ford President's Award for
last year and they screwed up on my car today.
Most likely some balance weights were removed, either deliberately or
accidentally, from one or more wheels. Or, some sort of internal thread
separation has occurred. Still, I do not see how this could have occurred
and you did not notice it before. They got you..
Do you have the Firestone tires?? My family has ALWAYS had problems with
Firestones. I replaced mine with Aqautred 3's as soon as feasable. On my
'98 and my '02, I had to replace them. The ones on my '02 never made it to
I had that problem solved last week after taking the car back to the
dealer. I told them that the tires were off balance. They had to balance it
and put new weights on the tires. My car has Continential tires ever since
the car was brand new. Those are very good tires and are very expensive. My
car has nearly 38,000 miles on it now and still runs good. Bridgestone tires
are okay, but doesn't impress me. They are much more expensive than
Firestone tires. Bridgestone owns Firestone and I hate Firestone tires. I
personally prefer Michelin tires when I can afford them.
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