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Steering wheel shake - any recommendation


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I bought a 2009 Mini 2 weeks ago and recently I notice that if I drive slow(30-50kph) and turn, the steering wheel shake as if I am driving on an unevenroad. On the other hand, it is nice and smooth on the highway. I am not good knowingcars so could you give some idea base on your experience? And if I need to takea car to service, do you have any recommended garage in Lausanne-Vevey thatpeople speak English? Thank you.
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Hi friends

I bought a 2009 Mini 2 weeks ago and recently I notice that if I drive slow(30-50kph) and turn, the steering wheel shake as if I am driving on an unevenroad. On the other hand, it is nice and smooth on the highway. I am not good knowingcars so could you give some idea base on your experience? And if I need to takea car to service, do you have any recommended garage in Lausanne-Vevey thatpeople speak English? Thank you.
Most likely cause is a wheel weight has come off and the wheel is out of balance. Typically this results in speed-specific vibrations. Any tire place should be able to rebalance the wheel.
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Re: Steering wheel shake - any recommendation

Get the wheels rebalanced, as Ken says, but be prepared to pay for all four of them, as you probably won't be able to work out which it is.

But before you take it anywhere, do make sure that all your wheel nuts are present and properly tightened.

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Hi friends

I bought a 2009 Mini 2 weeks ago and recently I notice that if I drive slow(30-50kph) and turn, the steering wheel shake as if I am driving on an unevenroad.
Frankly if you just bought it 2 weeks ago then you should take it back to the dealer where you bought it from.

To me the speed sounds too low to be a balance issue, particularly if this is noticeable only in a turn?

Or did you buy it privately? Was it a too good to miss deal?
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Re: Steering wheel shake - any recommendation

Only feeling it when you're turning suggests loose wheelnuts, very under-inflated tyres, or problems with loose steering linkage rather than balance issues.

Check the nuts, check the pressure - these are critical, you don't want to sheer your wheelnuts or rip the tyre apart, and easy to do yourself.

If that doesn't fix it, get the balance checked and steering linkage checked - balance isn't so critical and is cheap(er) to get checked, steering linkage being loose hopefully not although could ruin your tyres as the tracking will inevitably be off.
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Re: Steering wheel shake - any recommendation

check tires
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Re: Steering wheel shake - any recommendation

Might be worth check the front CV boots - both outer and inner. The former are more likely to fail than the latter. Usually they only fail following damage - they are not a "wear and tear" item
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Re: Steering wheel shake - any recommendation

As above wheel nuts/bolts and tyre pressures.. While you are doing that look at the tread of the tyre also inside.

Does it shake only when turning 1 side or both sides...?

I'm hoping the cv joints are ok...
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I'm hoping the cv joints are ok...
Are you and Ken actually the same person?
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Are you and Ken actually the same person?
The two are subtly different. The boot is the flexible rubber cover. The CV is the (constant velocity) joint itself.
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Are you and Ken actually the same person?
Have you seen us together?
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