"What is up with this?!? I have '96 Buick Century Classic, 85,000 miles,
took to car shop for preventive maintenance: all new tires, alignment,
front shocks/struts replaced. Ever since then I've had mild/moderately
severe vibration in the stearing column and dash (not the car,though, but
items vibrate off passenger seat often), only b/t 71-82 mph. Got nothing
but hassle from car shop, no results. Every car shop says it's wheels or
tires or alignment, no matter how much I disagree (already replaced or
re-done several times!!!). Haven't had shocks/struts replaced but told
they look fine and are correct type. Seems like something might be
slightly bent, or "hole" for an axle is worn out, if shocks/struts are
okay? No problem with CV joint with sharp turns. This has gone on for
YEARS. What's your reply, oh wise one?!"
This is a classic description of an out of balance wheel.
Wheel bearings do not typically cause this symptom. If by "hole" for an
axle, you mean the wheel bearing.
YEARS? If this had truly gone on for years then it's not likely an out of
balance tire. That would have changed in symptoms as the tire wore. The
vibration would have gotten worse, or better, or changed the speed that it
I think you should take your car to a trusted mechanic, take him for a drive
and show him what is happening. Then leave your car for him to fix. It is
clear that you don't understand much about cars, so don't try to steer him
based on what you think has already been done to address the problem. If it
really has gone on for years, then your history of repair attempts as you
recall them is quite irrelevant at this time. Let the mechanic fix the car
and pay the man.
Had a similar problem on a 2000 buick regal had a vibration between 35 and
50 mph. Drove me nuts but i finally isolated it to a cv joint on drivers
side bought new one from napa for$90. installed myself. Took old cv apart
and you could see why it vibrated-bearing out of grease and scarred. good
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