Author Topic: Intermitted steering shake  (Read 452 times)

September 10, 2013, 08:19:39 AM
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OBone

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Lately I have been having a vibration in the steering wheel. It is only above 120 kmh and not always present. Sometimes it is fairly obvious sometimes I can let go of the steering wheel and it stays nice and static.

I had my wheels balanced, nothing wrong there. According to the guy from Continental the diameter of the 17" tires that I have on is larger than spec. I can believe this because my speedo measures exactly the GPS speed. Usually a car will be slightly less than the speedo. His theory is that the drive train on Subarus are very sensitive so can easily manifest as vibrations.

I am not sure if it could be the drive shafts, is there any way one can have them tested?

My theory at this point is steering damper. Why else would it be intermittent?

Please share your toughts
2005 Outback 3.0 R
That R probably stands for RACING, because it goes like the clappers

September 10, 2013, 09:29:47 AM
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Bushdriver

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First check that tyre balance again, try to have a Static Balance done (Cone and bubble) as well.

Check all your steering linkages, including the adjustment on the rack for play.

Finally check the wheel alignment, front shocks and wheel bearings.

September 11, 2013, 05:47:18 PM
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OBone

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How does static balance differ from normal balance?
What is cone and bubble?

Will check all the linkages
2005 Outback 3.0 R
That R probably stands for RACING, because it goes like the clappers