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    And for my next problem....

    Yes, another problem with the A3! Will it ever end?

    For the past few weeks, i've noticed that the car seems to start vibrating over 60mph

    Usually i would think that the wheels aren't weighted properly or something, but there is absolutely no steering wheel wobble.

    I've tried sticking it into neutral at 60mph, and it still does it

    So i'm really stuck on what it could be......

    Any suggestions?

    Would i be getting wheel wobble if the rear wheels had a problem?
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    poor quality tyres can do this. Also yes on my old astra convertible the rear bushings were gone which slightly altered the alignment and made the car vibrate even more

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    Are your bolts tight???

    Ah that A3s had some problems lately!!!


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    And for my next problem....

    I had a similar problem, rear tyres were quite worn so got them balanced and it's fine again.
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    Sorry to hear of your problems Jord. As sarah said seems your car had a few problems lately.
    As every one said try the tyres. My dads old 1 series was having problems like that after the car being with them for 6weeks BMW changed the tyres and the problem went.
    Hope you get it sorted soon mate.
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    Ah man - feel sorry for you Smudge......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russo2k5 View Post
    poor quality tyres can do this. Also yes on my old astra convertible the rear bushings were gone which slightly altered the alignment and made the car vibrate even more
    Cheers Russo, i'll head down to the local tyre place tomorrow, see if the alignment/balance is out at all

    If that doesn't sort it, new tyre time!

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    Are your bolts tight???

    Ah that A3s had some problems lately!!!
    Ye i always get paranoid so i check them like once a day

    It never ends

    Quote Originally Posted by circleswim View Post
    I had a similar problem, rear tyres were quite worn so got them balanced and it's fine again.
    I've only had these tyres on for about 4000miles....

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    Sorry to hear of your problems Jord. As sarah said seems your car had a few problems lately.
    As every one said try the tyres. My dads old 1 series was having problems like that after the car being with them for 6weeks BMW changed the tyres and the problem went.
    Hope you get it sorted soon mate.
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    Ah man - feel sorry for you Smudge......
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    Sounds like wheel balancing
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    sticky weights can sometimes fall off so double checking balance is a good idea 1st
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    i had the same problem few weeks back, it turned out to be that one of the balance weight had come off, get it balanced first, most likey its that mate,

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    Quote Originally Posted by nik patel View Post
    Sounds like wheel balancing
    Quote Originally Posted by Khufu View Post
    sticky weights can sometimes fall off so double checking balance is a good idea 1st
    Quote Originally Posted by khalil View Post
    i had the same problem few weeks back, it turned out to be that one of the balance weight had come off, get it balanced first, most likey its that mate,
    Cheers guys, will get this checked out
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    doubtful you'd feel the rear wheels out of balance thru steering wheel. and you dont always feel it through the front. especially with power steering.

    my money's on wheel balance if you've not had new tyres/brake discs recently...
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    Cant offer anything else that hasn't already been said except good luck Jord
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    As lincoln said you wouldnt feel if the back wheels are out of alignment unless you were on a straight road that is majorly majorly long enough to step the back of the car out ever so slightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lincoln_dj View Post
    doubtful you'd feel the rear wheels out of balance thru steering wheel. and you dont always feel it through the front. especially with power steering.

    my money's on wheel balance if you've not had new tyres/brake discs recently...
    I've had new wheels, tyres and brakes recently

    Are you saying i won't feel the back wheels at all?

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    Cant offer anything else that hasn't already been said except good luck Jord
    Cheers Mike

    Quote Originally Posted by Russo2k5 View Post
    As lincoln said you wouldnt feel if the back wheels are out of alignment unless you were on a straight road that is majorly majorly long enough to step the back of the car out ever so slightly.
    How about the M1?
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    Yes but you would have to be driving in a very straight line without any correction atall. it would be miles before you even notice the back starting to want to move across of which you subconciously correct yourself. Can actually cause a major accident if its majorly out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russo2k5 View Post
    Yes but you would have to be driving in a very straight line without any correction atall. it would be miles before you even notice the back starting to want to move across of which you subconciously correct yourself. Can actually cause a major accident if its majorly out
    You're not making sense....

    If the rear wheels weren't balanced properly, you're saying that i wouldn't be able to feel it but i would notice the car start veering off to 1 side on a really long road?

    I'm asking about a vibration that i get, that can't be from the front wheels due to no steering wheel wobble
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    I think i've found the source of my problem...

    Was cleaning the wheels the other day, and found this on the front near side tyre:









    So looks like a new tyre on that wheel.....only had em for about 4000miles
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    Surely that's down to poor fitting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane. View Post
    Surely that's down to poor fitting?
    I dunno mate, i was thinking it would be from all the potholes?
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    And for my next problem....

    Hmm that would do it. Must have hit it pretty hard to distort it so much...?
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    Ouch! doesnt look good! Too many pot holes unless someones slightly caught a kerb when parking!!! If it is poor tyre fitting, take it back and see what they say! always worth a go! Good luck Jord!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah's A3 View Post
    Ouch! doesnt look good! Too many pot holes unless someones slightly caught a kerb when parking!!! If it is poor tyre fitting, take it back and see what they say! always worth a go! Good luck Jord!
    Got em fitted about 4 months ago, so i doubt they'd do anything now

    Taking it to them on Tuesday, see what they say

    Vibrations were terrible on the M25 just now, it's terrifying
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    Quote Originally Posted by smudge_don View Post
    Got em fitted about 4 months ago, so i doubt they'd do anything now

    Taking it to them on Tuesday, see what they say

    Vibrations were terrible on the M25 just now, it's terrifying
    Ah maybe 4 months is a bit too long.

    I know what you mean about vibrations, mine did that all the way to AITP!!! 3.5 hrs of vibrations and juddering! Awful journey there and back. Mine was a wiring issue on the front ABS sensor, wiring fixed and all sorted now phew! Hope you get it sorted Jord.


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    Cheers Sarah
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    Fiat Puntos are known for having ****ty threads in their hubs and when I fitted some 17's, later that day a shaky journey home I found that 2 bolts had fallen out... That was scary, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jb0o View Post
    Fiat Puntos are known for having ****ty threads in their hubs and when I fitted some 17's, later that day a shaky journey home I found that 2 bolts had fallen out... That was scary, lol.
    Always my worst fear since i had a wheel fall off on the Corsa from a mother of a pot hole
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    Looking at it i would say down to pot holes and bad roads but ask someone else than the place you had them fitted opinion,would say it was anything to do with fitting though,are they a decent brand tyre? we have had problems with distorted walls with some cheaper ones but as we did that should be pretty noticable when balancing them up


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