S60 Wheels Won't Stay Balanced

Discussion in 'Volvo S60' started by Pavel314, Sep 11, 2009.

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    Pavel314 Guest

    I have a 2007 S60 which is driving me nuts because the wheels won't
    stay balanced. Any ideas as to the cause will be appreciated.

    The car was riding fine for a half year or so until I took it in for
    the 30,000 mile maintenance. They rotated the tires, balanced the
    wheels and aligned all wheels. About a week later, I started noticing
    some vibration which got increasingly worse. I hadn't hit any
    significant bumps on the road in this time.

    After a week of this, I took it to my local Goodyear shop. I've dealt
    with them for years and the guys are top notch mechanics. They found
    that the front two wheels were slightly out of balance so they re-
    balanced them. They thought that maybe the wheel weights shifted or
    something.

    Everything seemed fine but after a week of smooth riding, it's
    vibrating again, minor at first then getting worse. I'll take it back
    to the repair shop and ask them to road test it but I'm getting tired
    of having the balance checked every couple of weeks.

    Paul
     
    Pavel314, Sep 11, 2009
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    James Sweet Guest


    Did the weights shift? What kind of tires are on it? Is there perhaps
    foreign matter in the air space inside the tire? I've seen cheap tires
    that were not well balanced.
     
    James Sweet, Sep 11, 2009
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    Baz Guest

    Hi Paul,

    I've had tyres that refuse to balance properly. You had the tyres rotated -
    presumably front to back. Try putting things back to how they were.
    Perhaps your rear (now front) tyres are faulty (for want of a more exact
    term!). This is assuming there is not something going wrong with one of
    your front tyres - like a bubble developing (ply separation). Examine them
    both very closely - you should remove them to do this.

    Regards
    Barry
     
    Baz, Sep 12, 2009
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    Pavel314 Guest

    When I took them to Goodyear, they thought that the weights might have
    shifted but couldn't tell for sure because they were new.

    The tires are the Michelins which come standard with the car, a fairly
    reputable brand. The wheels are the standard alloy wheels, which were
    checked for roundness or deformation. I'm taking it in on Tuesday and
    will report back any findings.

    Paul
     
    Pavel314, Sep 13, 2009
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    TimR Guest

    Out of interest, what would you consider to be a "more reputable brand" than
    Michelins?
    When I took them to Goodyear, they thought that the weights might have
    shifted but couldn't tell for sure because they were new.

    The tires are the Michelins which come standard with the car, a fairly
    reputable brand. The wheels are the standard alloy wheels, which were
    checked for roundness or deformation. I'm taking it in on Tuesday and
    will report back any findings.

    Paul
     
    TimR, Sep 14, 2009
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    James Sweet Guest


    Michelins tend to be quite good, I suppose you could have got a bad
    batch, so it's worth inspecting them carefully, but I would expect the
    problem to be somewhere else.

    Wheel bearings in good shape? Alignment good? I can't think of much else.
     
    James Sweet, Sep 15, 2009
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    Pavel314 Guest

    No bearing problems that I can tell. The car has only 31,000 miles and
    the problem surfaced after rotating the tires, so had it been
    bearings, I would have noticed it earlier.

    I took it to the shop and they checked the balance on all the wheels.
    One was very slightly out of balance so they rebalanced it. The
    alignment was set on the first visit and is good. No irregularity in
    the tires or wheels, everything round and smooth. The guy at the shop
    took it up to 80 mph on a test run and noticed no vibration.

    Maybe I'm just being too sensitive but I really don't like the road
    feel of this car. It just doesn't seem smooth and even enough for its
    size and quality. Last year I had to rent a Chevy Impala while on a
    trip out of town and it had a much more even ride than my Volvo.

    Paul
     
    Pavel314, Sep 18, 2009
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    James Sweet Guest


    European cars in general tend to have much tighter, more responsive
    handling than domestic cars like the Impala. A consequence of this is
    more vibration and road feel transmitted to the driver. I like this
    personally but it sounds like you may prefer more of a luxury car. It
    has little to do with the quality of the car, it's how it's set up.
     
    James Sweet, Sep 19, 2009
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  9. I used to experience this when I was over-inflating my tyres. What air
    pressure are you using?
     
    Prithvy Lingham, Oct 4, 2009
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  10. My 1990 740 Turbo Volvo has Fulda tires which are not round .In guess the
    Germans have problems making any thing round but tires need to be .When I
    jacked up the whells in gear the tires were wobbly.This explains why my
    sterring is uncomfortable with no vibration but a shimmer and odd sound when
    coming to a stop.I have seen tires not settled on rims do the same .
     
    Jon Robertson, Oct 19, 2009
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  11. Please excuse my spelling I have hay fever thats my excuse
     
    Jon Robertson, Oct 19, 2009
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