Does your steering wheel shake?

Saturday, October 16, 2010 by Mac McNabb
My dad called last night and said, "your mom's car is shaking again..." He immediately thought that the Goodyear Assurance TripleTread tires that were approaching 50,000 miles must be getting old.

Back Story: She just had suspension work done. She had her struts and shocks replaced, a front half shaft, front wheel bearing and THEN an alignment. I, of course, first thought the mechanic's work may be the culprit, because that has been the case before. But then I thought about it, she's got the new parts on her car and the vehicle did drive smoothly for about three days before the steering wheel started to shake. So I ran out to the garage and got my torque wrench and off I went to try and torque her lug nuts.
 
Every single lug needed to be torqued. I set my wrench around 90-100 lbs., and all of them had at least 25-40 degrees of rotation, with one so loose that it would have surely fallen off today.
 
Took it out for a ride and smooth as silk.

Always check your lug nuts a day or two after a tire has been removed, and re-torque them. It is very important. If I wouldn't have done that, she would have lost a wheel and sheared off most of her lug bolts on the front passenger side within a few days and most likely wrecked her car.

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