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Old 01-12-2016, 06:14 AM
 
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what could this be and typically how serious it this?

i'll definitely get it looked at but it might take a couple weeks.

sound like an expensive fix?
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:20 AM
 
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Just go in for an alignment at a reputable shop and see what they say. $60-$80
It could also be unbalanced wheels.
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:27 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Might be a bent wheel if you really whacked the curb and/or if it's a car with relatively soft wheels.
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:02 AM
 
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Just go in for an alignment at a reputable shop and see what they say. $60-$80
It could also be unbalanced wheels.
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Might be a bent wheel if you really whacked the curb and/or if it's a car with relatively soft wheels.
recently got brand new tires (well after this event) and had it aligned then.

would they have noticed a bent wheel?
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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it might be a wheel bearing, that's what happened to me. I hit it really hard though and bent the wheel - after I got the wheel fixed I still had the vibration and it was the bearing
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:18 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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recently got brand new tires (well after this event) and had it aligned then.

would they have noticed a bent wheel?
They certainly should have as the new tires would have required spinning the wheels on the balancer.

This issue started immediately after hitting the curb?

Did you drive at speed right after the incident or was it a bit later you noticed the issue?

Just an added thought, this may sound silly but sometimes after an incident like hitting a curb etc. you become a little more critical of the car's performance and look to see if you've damaged something. Any chance something like that's in play?
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:25 AM
 
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They certainly should have as the new tires would have required spinning the wheels on the balancer.

This issue started immediately after hitting the curb?

Did you drive at speed right after the incident or was it a bit later you noticed the issue?
i can't recall EXACTLY when the issue started. the issue began and i've been racking my brain as to why it may have started.

then i recalled, late last winter i lost control and ran up onto a curb. the timeline seemed to coincide and it sort of makes sense that it might be the cause.
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:38 AM
 
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it might be a wheel bearing, that's what happened to me. I hit it really hard though and bent the wheel - after I got the wheel fixed I still had the vibration and it was the bearing
A friend of mine went through the same scenario. He slid a few feet on some ice, and whacked a curb. I thought that simply replacing the bent lower suspension arm and aligning the wheels would remedy the situation, but a few weeks after the repair, there was a high speed vibration, and it turned out that the bearing on that wheel had also been damaged.

Because a bad wheel bearing is a potential safety hazard (imagine trying to control your car at highway speed if one wheel suddenly goes into total lock-up), this is something that needs to be checked-out by a competent mechanic, a.s.a.p.


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Old 01-12-2016, 08:39 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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i can't recall EXACTLY when the issue started. the issue began and i've been racking my brain as to why it may have started.

then i recalled, late last winter i lost control and ran up onto a curb. the timeline seemed to coincide and it sort of makes sense that it might be the cause.
Tire replacement/balance and alignment should have eliminated those two things as the cause.

Since you describe the issue as 'slight', any chance it existed before hitting the curb and that incident just had you more attuned to any problems?

Does it worsen with increased speed or?

Have you changed your normal travel route? I ask because there's some roads near me that with pavement that's smooth but noisy and can make it seem the car's developed an issue.
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Outskirts of Gray Court, and love it!
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They certainly should have as the new tires would have required spinning the wheels on the balancer.

This issue started immediately after hitting the curb?

Did you drive at speed right after the incident or was it a bit later you noticed the issue?

Just an added thought, this may sound silly but sometimes after an incident like hitting a curb etc. you become a little more critical of the car's performance and look to see if you've damaged something. Any chance something like that's in play?
Doubt it. #1 most those guys dont look for it, and #2 the slightest bend may not be noticable on a balancer, and #3 if its a proper balancer, theres a big cover that comes over the tire while its spinning so you couldnt see it anyways.
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