Wheels still vibrate upwards of 55 mph. Family mechanic thinks sloppy workmanship may be culprit, but should tires be loose after repacking?
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2002 Infiniti QX4
Question: Why are my front tires loose after having my wheel bearings repacked?
Answer #1ziptie12 July 12, 2012, 15:09Master
Describe 'loose'---do you mean with the car jacked up he can wiggle the wheel up and down and side to side , or do you mean the way they feel out on the road? Typically wheel balance issues show up at around 50-55 MPH depending on the car/model.Did they rotate the tires at the same time they did the wheel bearing service?If so rotate back to original positions and test drive --you may get your answer. If the vibration goes away then you either need the tires balanced or replaced.
ReplylovemyQX4, July 13, 2012, 05:12Rookie
Loose with the car jacked up. The repacking cost $264 without tire rotation or balancing. Tires were rotated with routine oil change 3,500 miles ago. Mechanic says tires were so loose he initially thought we needed to replace the wheel bearings. He's checking today to make sure they actually did the work I was charged for...to answer the other half of your question, yes, the car started vibrating even before the bearings were repacked last week. Thoughts? Thanks, by the way for your good advice ... What do you recommend be the next steps?
Replyziptie12, July 13, 2012, 11:08Master