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#1 of 46 Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH
Feb 21, 2008 (5:04 am)
We just bought a Pilot last Friday and I had to bring it in on Monday because I was feeling vibrations in the steering wheel when I hit 70 on the highway. They ended up giving me 4 new tires. Everything seemed fine for a day and then the vibrations started again, They told me it was typical in an SUV until the tires have driven about 200 miles. Has anyone else experienced this?
#2 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [lknopp]
Feb 21, 2008 (3:11 pm)
I have never heard of this explanation. Maybe they think the tires will seat on the beads better after a few miles. Typically, vibrations are caused by tires that are out of round or tires that are out of balance. There has been much discussion about vibrations in Pilots. Search or review some of the existing threads and have the tires re-balanced while they check for out-of-round. If all that checks okay, then you can discuss some of the other possibilities that your research will have revealed.
#3 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [lknopp]
Feb 23, 2008 (12:36 pm)
my 2006 Pilot did not exhibit anything like that and since they changed your tires and it did not help I don't think what they told you makes any sense. My Pilot was pulling to the side and they rotated the two front tires to fix it. Is your Pilot the v6 2WD with the vcm? I am just wondering since some of the Accord owners (with vcm) have complained of vibration at certain speeds and have contributed the vibration to the vcm. (I should note that I also own a 08 Accord with vcm but have not experienced any vibration problem myself).
#4 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [lknopp]
Feb 26, 2008 (5:10 pm)
If a wheel is out of round it could cause that, as could a stuck brake, bad alignment, etc.
Have the service advisor drive with you in the car and get him to agree it's a problem then have him work with the techs on a solution to the problem.
I had a bad wheel bearing in my '04 Audi and it took two visits to the service department before they fixed the problem. Initially they wanted to blame it on my winter tires.
#5 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [lknopp]
Mar 10, 2008 (6:52 pm)
I just purchased a 2008 Pilot and picked it up 1 week ago, I had had it back to the shop twice already and it's going in again tomorrow for a slight vibration that starts at about 65 mph. It gets a little worse at 75 but not much different after that. The first time at the dealer they adjusted the Tire Pressure, it did nothing, next they rebalanced my front tires, that did nothing. Who knows what they will do next. I traded in an 04 Toyota Sienna minivan with 72K miles that ran smoother than this does.
#6 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [jmpage2]
Mar 11, 2008 (3:32 am)
Reading other comments listed under 2006 pilot wheel vibrations, this problem has existed for some time. It appears it may be related to a Driveshaft, internal bearing issue and not a tire, balancing problem. I will continue to push for a fix and post my findings.
#7 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [jmpage2]
Mar 15, 2008 (6:50 am)
Thanks for the advice, the dealer has been great to work with, they replaced and re-balanced all 4 tires and rims and did a 4-wheel alignment. The tech was great. Although inconvenient, he picked me up twice while working on it to drive and see if I still felt the problem. After all that I still feel a slight, very small vibration at 70, but its so small I'm not sure if it's worth brnging it back. I just feel it's brand new with 500 miles on it, it should be right. What are your thoughts? Am I being to picky at this point?
#8 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [pep0760]
Mar 21, 2008 (3:24 pm)
Experiencing same steering vibration and also undescribable sound at 2 or 3 second intervals. This is a 3 wk old 08 Pilot. I have been to the dealer 3 times with no solutions at this time. Has anyone had this problem solved and how?
#9 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [klacsan]
Mar 21, 2008 (5:30 pm)
I am having the same problem, so far they have replaced all 4 tires & rims, rebalanced all 4, and realigned all 4 wheels, they agreed that ruled out the tires. Wednesday I go in for the mechanical piece. I will check back and keep you posted on what they find.
They mentioned a Drive shaft, I'm thinking if it is it's out of balance, or a tourque converter (Transmission) Either way they have had the big shots drive it and agree there is a vibration. If they fix it great. Otherwise I love the vehicle. I can be a pain in the ass for a 30K price tag.
#10 of 46 Re: Steering wheel vibrations at 70MPH [pep0760]
Mar 22, 2008 (5:45 am)
Is this a 4wd or 2wd ? My dealer says the problem persists in 4wd. If it is also present in 2wd then it is not a drive shaft issue. Please keep us posted as there are quite a number of new and old pilots with this issue.