Steering wheel shuddering problem at highway speeds

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by John Foyt, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. John Foyt

    John Foyt Guest

    I've got a bit of a problem with my Volvo. 1988, 240 GL. The
    steering wheel shudders at high speeds. It's fine until I hit 55 MPH
    or so, then it makes a clacking noise while shuddering. The steering
    is not affected.

    I recall having this problem six months or so ago. Went away when I
    got new tires - or at least that's what I recall, memory could be
    incorrect. After getting the new tires I noticed that the steering
    seemed loose at high speeds. I took the car in for servicing recently
    and they fixed the brakes and rotated the tires. They said the
    steering column looked fine.

    Any idea what this is? It's more of an annoyance than a real
    problem. I live in Orange County, near Los Angeles, and it's not
    common for freeway speeds to get over 50 MPH. I could just live with
    it until I junk the car, which could be just a few months. But if I'm
    courting disaster, I'd like to take care of it.

    Any help or opinions is appreciated.
    John Foyt, Aug 19, 2007
  2. John Foyt

    carterbear1 Guest

    That happened to my 1986 240 DL, if I remember correctly it was front
    wheel bearings and/or steering rack. Carter
    carterbear1, Aug 20, 2007
  3. John Foyt

    Roadie Guest

    Nowhere in your message is there an indication that someone balanced
    the wheels - if that hasn't been done, then have that service
    performed. If that isn't the problem it is all but impossible to
    correctly diagnose the precise cause of a vibration via the internet.
    You will likely end up with a long list of possible causes that won't
    be particularly useful unless you have the skills to undertake
    analysis and repair at home. I would take the car to a Volvo
    dealership or a local mechanic that specializes in Volvos for an

    A vibration like that could be caused by serious condition like a
    bubble in the tire sidewall, so do get it checked out.
    Roadie, Aug 20, 2007
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