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Old 08-20-2022, 07:33 AM   #1
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front end vibration that comes and goes at a certain speed

If balancing won't fix your vibration, check the wheel. Motorhomes with steel wheels are a very bad problem when the vibration comes and goes as you drive. Both wheels are slightly bent (it doesn't take much bend) and as you drive they will cancel the bend out as they rotate in and out of phase with each other, replace one wheel with a unbent one. Many have sold their motorhome because the vibration couldn't be fixed.
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Excellent advice. If I have an issue like that, I have a sympathetic tire shop remove the wheel and tire, then I roll the wheel across a flat section of shop floor while I track it. You can spot all sorts of issues doing that if the wheel is out of round or not balanced.

Another thing to check for when the tire is off the wheel is small rust spots. The few I had were on a painted wheel. And the paint on the inside still looked really good. It just had several tiny rust holes. These rust spots can sometimes work their way all the way through the steel, and you'll get up one cold morning and find you have a flat, but you fill it up and run the rig all day, and it holds air. Most shops wouldn't even think of looking for rust spots on the wheel, they concentrate on the tire so you end up stopping at shop after shop until you eventually find a thorough tire tech who's run into the problem before. Once the tire warmed up, steel expands so I'd get to a shop and the leaks had sealed themselves.

The shop that finally found the leaks couldn't find a 19.5" steel wheel in town so I took Eternabond tape and covered all the holes or potential holes, and drove it like that for several years afterwards with no leaking.
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Thanks Jim,

I found mine by just jacking up the tire and spinning it, the problem shows up then the wheels line up with the bent sides together, it adds the bends together and makes the steering wheel vibrate or shake. as the two wheels move further apart from the aligned wheel warpage, the vibration cancels out each other and the steering wheel has almost no vibration. All it takes is finding a wheel with no warpage. Like a new spare tire wheel. I bought one wheel new from Southwest wheel and fixed mine. It was a accuride 19.5. https://www.irv2.com/forums/f23/ford...on-468310.html
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I installed Centramatics and it really improved the ride and balance.
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