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#21 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [gregmdx]
Nov 06, 2009 (4:16 am)
Just got back from Firestone. There tech really took his time, even tried rotating tires front to back, etc. But the vibration is STILL there! So I'm feeling pretty confident that wheel balance might not be the issue. If it's not, what else could it be? The vibration certainly feels just like a wheel balance vibration, so I'm stumped. Guess I'm going to have to go to the dealer. I'm afraid I'm going to get the "we road tested the car and are unable to replicate the issue" response.
#22 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [gregmdx]
Nov 06, 2009 (7:28 am)
File a complaint Acura NA and have an account manager with help from dealer resolve the issue.
In my case, the tech replaced all 4 rims and tires from another new car on the lot.
This fixed the problem.
#23 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [vdoshi]
Nov 08, 2009 (9:39 am)
I bought a new '09 MDX in July to replace a stolen '08 MDX. From day 1 have experience the same problem. I drive alot on the highway. Have been back and forth to dealer - 6 times since - 2 new sets of tires, 4 attempts at road force balance, replace drive shaft and propeller shaft, and I still have the problem. Now being told this is normal drive on all MDX and I was just "lucky" the '08 was smooth. Told no one else is complaining. Has anyone figured this out?
#24 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [vdoshi]
Nov 11, 2009 (6:49 am)
I have a 2009 with 8k miles and have the same vibration problems at 70-75 mph. The dealer has replaced tires and drive shaft. It is back at the dealer for the 5th time for the same issue. Interesting though, I have a 2009 MDX loaner and it has the same problem. Very frustrating. This is my third MDX and never had a problem before this one.
#25 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed
Nov 12, 2009 (9:49 am)
I have a 2007 MDX Tech/Entertainment edition and experiencing the same vibration issues and the dealer has yet to determine what could be causing the problem. The truck is no longer under warranty and therefore expect to eat the cost of the repairs but don't want to start throwing parts at the problem without results. I am hoping that somebody out there knows the exact fix for this problem..
#26 of 60 Re: MDX steering wheel vibration at highway speed [pmc1031]
Nov 13, 2009 (3:04 pm)
This seems to be the problem. Have gone to another dealer who has rebalanced the tires again and still have the vibration. He agrees that there is a vibration but doesn't know what to do about it. Honda/Acura seems to be ignoring the issue and claim it is just normal because like you the loaners also have the vibration. It seems most customers mostly drive in town and not on the highway. They claim no one else is complaining and they are not giving the garage help to fix it. In 20 years of driving nothing but Honda/Acura, this is first time I have had so many issues. Have warned them directly that I will never buy again but no response. They don't care. Garage says they are pursuing the issue but at this point I don't believe anything will be done. It is like they are saying this is the standard so accept it. Not happy
Nov 27, 2009 (5:31 pm)
I had silky smooth riding until I took my car in for a tire rotation about 25K. Now, I get the vibration about 78 mph. I took the car back and they rebalanced it and it was better, although not perfect. Then, I had them install my snow tires onto the same rims (several months later) and the vibration is back. It is somewhat intermittent though. I am taking it back to the same dealer later this week to have them do the road force balancing, which costs more, but I am hoping that will fix the problem. Apparently, they only do that if you ask...otherwise, they do the normal, cheaper balancing.
Just seems odd to me that this was never an issue until after one of the times I had the tires balanced.
#28 of 60 Re: same here [barbmathers]
Dec 04, 2009 (2:10 pm)
Well the dealer swapped my rims and tires with a brand new demo they just got on the lot. Better, but still a hint of vibration at 75 mph. Ironically, it smooths out again over 80. Problem is that on a 65 mph road, traffic flows at 75 and anything over 80 will land you a ticket. Plus, gas mileage at 80 starts to go downhill.
I'm comparing my MDX to my A4 and 330, both of which have high performance tires on them. So it's a bit of an unfair comparison. My shop manager seemed to think this 75 mph vibration is a trait of most MDXs. Great. Wish I knew that before I bought the car.
Luckily I do most of my driving in the city. Of course then I have to deal with the thumps/thuds coming from the rear suspension.
I really love this car. These two issues are minor, but VERY annoying.
#29 of 60 Re: this worked for me[gregmdx]
Jan 07, 2010 (5:11 pm)
i don't know if this helps but...i have 07 mdx; i just went thru a hard time with putting the first set of new tires on it. I had vibrations and buffeting of the mdx above 70 mph and got worse thru 80. Long story short. two sets of michelins later. i ended up going to the tire and alignment guru in town. Here's what he did.
1. rounded the tires...the tires where out of round(eventhough they were top of the line.
2. redid the alignment
3. most important---Balanced the tires on the hub at 80mph......
believe me the tire company i started with used a roadforce balancer and they couldn't dial them in at all.
tires balanced on the hub while on the vehicle fixed my problems
ok...hope this helps, it was expensive to have this done and only one shop in my town had this equipment.
i don't know if this will fix your problem, but thought i would let everyone know my experience.
best bet is to find some one with this type of balancer and ask them.
#30 of 60 Re: this worked for me[gregmdx] [07mdx1]
Feb 08, 2010 (6:07 am)
My 09 MDX tech/ent has 17,000 miles and it just started shimming/ vibrationing at 70 mph. My vehicle is still under warranty and I'm going to the dealership and see about correcting the problem. Several questions for you guys.
1. Does the dealerships have the equipment to balance the tires on the hub at 70 mph?
2. Does my warranty cover the problems or will it be out of pocket cost for me?
3. I'll request them to round the tires, but how I can I tell if they did the work?