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2007 Honda Civic Question: The car has a shimmy, worst at 57 mph, tire rotation doesn't fix it, what to do?

 

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pfran, Alamogordo, NM, July 06, 2012, 08:01
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It's done this since new, 4 tries with the dealer did nothing. They say "The tire pressure was off", "It's supposed to do that", "I didn't notice a problem", etc, etc. I think a big clue is that I can feel it at parking lot speed. If I release the wheel when it's turned fully one way, it returns to center in jerks, not smoothly. I think it's a drivetrain joint of some kind. Help!

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    ziptie12 July 06, 2012, 09:49
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    If your going slow (10-20MPH) and the steering wheel wobbles side-to-side on it's own AND you might have a slight up-and -down feeling in the seat,it's most likely a bad tire. go to an independent shop ask to put on lift and visually observe all 4 tires for high and low , or excessive side-to-side movement .Also how many miles on tires and make sure the rims aren't bent.PLEASE expect to pay a small fee for lift/diagnostic time & maybe let them know in advance you don't expect free ...just a legitimate diagnosis if possible. Reply with the cars VIN # and I can check for any bulletins or warranty extensions involving those symptoms.

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    pfran, July 06, 2012, 11:58
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    VIN is 1HGFA168X7L041949. I m really easy on tires s o I have the original Bridgestones on it. I rotate them every 10K miles and they have another 5-10K left but they are getting close and if changing them fixes this problem all the better. I'm just disgusted I could never get the dealership to do anything when it was under warranty.

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    ziptie12, July 06, 2012, 12:13
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    I'll check your VIN status on sat. (next day at work). In the mean time , knowing now that you still have the original tires on it and knowing their track record from what I see where I work , I'd probably go ahead and replace them. check consumer reports and go online to 'tirerack.com' to check for a brand that suits your driving style/needs.I'll reply back with an answer about your VIN 'status by monday.////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////... RESULTS... You have 2 open 'campaigns'(not recalls)1 is for a possible engine block problem the other is for your sunvisors. check with your dealer for details. neither problem may ever occur on your car , however , if they do you may be covered under ' extended warranties.I see you are the original owner ....NICE christmas gift. If Jack Key Honda is your closest dealer then that is were you should bring it. If you haven't already , develope a small service 'history' with them , a few oil changes , maybe a coolant system 'service' and that would have you on their records where both issues mentioned above should be visually inspected. If the tires , which I'm guessing have about 56-57K on them (amazing for those tires!!) , don't fix your vibration issue please check back.Otherwise good luck and enjoy the ride!

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