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#11 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [Cathe]
Nov 29, 2008 (10:32 am)
First, call Acura North America and log a ticket with the problem saying that after balancing the tires this problem exists. This trouble ticket will get assigned to an account manager who will contact you for further details. Then he/she will call the dealer service manager to resolve the problem.
Above step is to escalate the problem and put pressure on service manager to expediate and put resources to resolve the problem.
Second, when you do go in again for the problem to be resolved at the dealer, have the technician sit in the passenger seat and you drive the car. That is what I did and showed the problem to the technician at that speed.
In my case, the technician relaced all 4 rims/tires with brand new ones from another vehicle. This resolved my problem. I believe that me logging my case with Acura North America definitely put pressure for the dealership to go the extra mile.
OFcourse, the technician was very good and clearly understood the problem. He said he was going to log this issue and a solution he provided back to Acura North America as he could not understand why the set of rims/tires I had were causing the problem.
#12 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [vdoshi]
Nov 29, 2008 (11:05 pm)
thank you so much for your valueable experience. I am going to give Acura North America a call monday to address this issue. Even though the vibration is not signicantly terriable, it is still unacceptable for a brand new luxury car to have this problem right out to door of dealship. I will post update later.
#13 of 60 Is this a rare problem? How many people have experienced it?
Nov 30, 2008 (7:01 pm)
#14 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [kat101]
Dec 01, 2008 (2:28 pm)
I have 08' MDX Base model (comes with Bridgestones) and it has the same vibration issue. I have had it in a couple times to the dealer and they replaced the front tires (flat spots). It originally vibrated between 60-70 mph. After they replaced the front tires it doesn't vibrate until you get closer to 80 mph. The vibration is light (felt mostly in the steering wheel) but it is enough for me to notice.The dealer is saying they can't replicate the problem anymore. They say the Bridgestone tires tend to ride more rougher than the Michelins (provided on the Nav & Sport models). They are not willing to do anything further. I'm debating whether to push this issue further (which can eat more of my time) or buy a set of Michelins for $1000. Questions:
1. Are people experiencing this issue with both tire types? (Bridgestone or Michelin)?
2. When your tires have been replaced by the dealer for the 'flat spot issue' - did they replace two tires or all four tires? Also, do they replace all four with the same tire brand or something else?
3. An unrealated question - has anyone compared the ride between the Michelins and Bridgestones? Significant difference?
Thanks in advance for your help.
#15 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [aj4321]
Dec 19, 2008 (3:07 pm)
I have an '04 MDX and I have noticed this problem for a couple years now. I have not had to change my tires yet, so I still have the stock Michelin on it. Balance/Rotations/Alignments, nothing helps. It is sad to say this but I just got used to it and normally do not take it past 75 since MPG starts getting really affected (as well as vibration) past that speed. And don' t even get me started on the brakes.
#16 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [vdoshi]
Dec 31, 2008 (11:48 am)
We bought the 2008 MDX base model (Bridgestone tires with 90 miles on it) a couple weeks ago, and just a couple days ago I noticed the steering wheel vibrated as I went over 63 mph. We could feel the vibration on the front seats. I brought the car back to the dealer and they said it was the balancing issue. They balanced all 4 tires, tested it and told me everything was good. I tested the car today and it still has the same problem. They're asking me to bring the car back so I test drive it with the mechanic.
Will keep you guys posted.
#17 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [wdom]
Jan 11, 2009 (12:34 pm)
I have a 2007 MDX with Tech/Ent package and have had it for 1 1/2 years. Just today I noticed that the car was vibrating excessively at 80mph. It starts around 65mph. I typically drive mostly highway miles with this car between Chicago and Michgan and have not had this problem before today. It has the michelin tires and just started vibrating out of the blue. We have a lot of snow in Chicago so I thought maybe something occured because of that, but I see more messages on this matter. It hadn't done this previously and I would certainly have noticed because I have approx 20,000 miles at highway speeds. I'll take it in for service this week and see what they have to say, and reply here.
#18 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [kat101]
Oct 14, 2009 (8:02 pm)
I have the same issue on my 2007, 36k miles . Michelin tires were replaced by a new set of Maxxis Marauder, wheel balance has been performed, but still the vibration goes on and on. It feel like an intermitent vibration which initiate in the front axles and spread through the front session of the floor, where it can be felt in the feet. Dealer said it was due to wrong tires, but new tires did not work out the solution. Any comments?
#19 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [yeetnduner]
Oct 14, 2009 (8:10 pm)
I am having the same vibration issue. No solutions yet from dealer and what worst, the waranty is getting to an end. I know at least five MDX owners with the same issue. How did you find a solution?
#20 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [vdoshi]
Nov 05, 2009 (9:36 am)
I have the issue. Car is brand new. It's perfectly smooth up to 70. But by 75-80 a vibration develops. It's certainly not a full on shimmy. But rather just an annoying vibration. Enough to tickle your hands and vibrant your shirt sleeve a bit. More importantly it causes the car to feel a bit floaty, rather than planted at high speeds.
I took it back to the dealer for a balance and alignment. That helped but did not cure it. Then I took it to a Firestone around the corner that has the latest Road Force balancing equipment (my dealer does not). They made it slightly better, but still not perfect. I'm taking it back there to give them another shot. If that doesn't work, I'm going back to the dealer and telling them to keep the car until they can tell me what is wrong with it.
If the wheel balance is perfect there are other things that can cause vibration. Alignment, warped rotors, or bad/loose suspension bushings. But none of these should be an issue on a brand new car, so I'm stumped.