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2002 Honda Civic Question: Bad vibration on driverside

 

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mrw02, Greencastle, PA, February 24, 2009, 17:46
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I just replaced my front calipers for my car and brakes as well. My problem is that when I get up in speed, sometimes I don't have to be going too fast, I get a bad vibration to where I have to pull off the road to stop it. I thought it was because my calipers had gone bad but obviously it didn't fix the problem. If anyone could possibly give me any ideas as to why this is happening, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, February 24, 2009, 17:49
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    Is the vibration occurring when stepping on the brakes?

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    mrw02, February 24, 2009, 17:55
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    Yes there is

    Would my rotors cause that much vibration when I'm getting up in speed? No I didn't get my rotors replaced.

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    Bret Bodas, February 24, 2009, 17:56
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    Did you replace the rotors?

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    Andy Y February 24, 2009, 18:05
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    This only happens when you apply the brakes?
    Rotors that are warped or out of round, or vary in thickness can cause a vibration/pulsation when the brakes are applied. There is a way to measure this runout but you'll need a dial indicator and micrometer. I hate to tell you to throw more parts at it without being sure but if this only happens when you apply the brakes, it is likely the rotors

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    mrw02, February 24, 2009, 18:12
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    Does rotors affect you when you are speeding up cause the vibration starts when I'm speeding up and it does it as well when I'm braking, but it's a lot worse when speeding up

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    Andy Y, February 24, 2009, 20:09
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    I have only seen rotors (or brakes) cause problems like that when you are actually pressing on the brake pedal.

    Do you hear any noise(s) when this happens? If someone drives next to you, can they anything happening with the wheel? (wobbling, bouncing, bent looking wheel)

    Are you getting any warning lights when this happens? If so, this is likely engine related, and not suspension related.

    This will need some diagnosis but there are some places you can start. First, what is the condition of the tire? The tread should be in good condition with no evidence of tread separation and the pressure should be at the proper spec. Safely support the car on jack stands but not on the suspension because you'll need to inspect it. Grab the top and bottom of the tire and push/pull to feel for movement/looseness. Also hold the left and right side of the tire and feel for movement. Using a good light, look for broken suspension components and cracked control arm bushings. Inspect your tie rods and steering components. Inspect your struts and feel for tightness. Be careful and make sure your car is safely supported. Consider taking it to a shop if you have trouble finding the source, especially if your Civic is difficult to control. Good luck!

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    Problem-bound Civic driver February 27, 2009, 07:57
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    If you have checked the ball joints and cv axle, and you are just getting vibrations around certain speeds (like say between 65 -80) it could be a bad balanced tire, when they took off the wheels to replace the calipers one of the weights could have got knocked off.

    It may not seem like a big deal but it really makes a difference in highway driving. even half a gram off could cause vibrations that will rattle your steering wheel as you drive.

    If that doesnt help then its got to be a warped rotor / bad ball joints / cv axle.

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    Visitor, March 23, 2010, 21:09

    Start with tire and rotor inspection ,i only disagree to the idea of a wheel weight i have Been to noise,vibration,harshness classes and on a great running new vehicle with no problems we had to add more than 8 ounces of weight on a tire/wheel before we noticed a vibration

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    Visitor, May 22, 2010, 15:27

    this sounds like a tire balance issue. Period. have your tires rotated and balanced.... It may also be that the tires are out of round and need to be replaced. that will fix the problem.

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