I took my '03 Civic Sedan into a Big O Tires to have the tires rotated
just before Christmas - I try and do this every time I get my oil
changed (every ~5000 miles). Anyway, on the way home I noticed that the
car was *really*
vibrating and that driving in a straight line required
me to move the steering wheel left and right. I took it back to the shop
and they told me that I needed something called a "camber" replaced - it
was worn. I gave them $280 and they replaced it. On driving home for the
second time, I found that it was still vibrating - you could really feel
it on the steering wheel, and on the floor of the passenger side. I took
it back again and they did an alignment. It still vibrates even now -
usually start to feel it about 40-50mph (on perfectly flat roads). It
doesn't vibrate as much now, but it's still noticeable. My ride was
perfectly smooth before I took it in there for the original rotation.
Any opinions on how to proceed or what could possibly be wrong. If it's
relevant, it's got about 57k miles on the clock.
Should I... take the car to an actual Honda mechanic (verify that the
new camber is the right kind and properlly installed)? Have Big O rotate
the tires again to how they were originally, and how it rides? Something
Xmas kicked my butt and money's tight right now. Will driving it further
do damage to my car? I would imagine it would have an impact on gas
mileage and tire life.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
PS: Again, may not be relevant, but here's the history of my car:
20000 miles - steering rack had to be replaced (can't remember why).
35000 miles - CV joint fixed/replaced (loud cracking noises when turning