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    I have a vibration in myí86 coupe that has 79,000 miles on it that I cannot find. It acts just like a tire that is out of balance. I can feel it all the time and it becomes stronger as the speed is increased. Itís really not very noticeable until you are above 60 mph. From there it gets stronger and it very noticeable at 75. It smoothes out some as you go a little faster. It has been this way for a little while and does not seem to be getting worse.

    I first noticed it awhile back and I thought it was an out of balance tire. I was planning to get a new set of tires so I didnít do anything then. After I got my new tires I noticed that the vibration was still there. I had the tires rebalanced but the vibration did not go away. I took it to another tire dealer and had the tires rebalanced again but the vibration is still there. A check showed that my lower ball joints were worn so I replaced them. My rear wheel bearings were loose so I replaced them also and while I was doing that I also replaced the u-joints on the half shafts.

    What else could it be?

    Thanks for you help.

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    Im not sure, but what about a driveshaft? Maybe you should check that?

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    does it do it with RPMS or speed??? Is your car a Manual trans?
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    Were the wheels checked to see if they are bent ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ARKvette02 View Post
    does it do it with RPMS or speed??? Is your car a Manual trans?
    Automatic and it does it with speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G Winter View Post
    Were the wheels checked to see if they are bent ?


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    They haven't been checked yet. Would that show up as part of a balance? The tires have been balanced three times. Two different shops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfish246 View Post
    Im not sure, but what about a driveshaft? Maybe you should check that?
    I've thought about that and it seems tight. I think the u-joints there are OK.
    Thanks, Ron

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    Try checking the inside of your wheels for a build up of grease and brake dust. I had a similar problem with my wheels and had them rebalanced several times. Finally someone said to check the inside of my wheels and there were gobs of grease and junk. Took a brush and some cleaner and cleaned them real good. Problem solved.

    Can't say that is your problem but it's what solved mine. Hope you get it fixed because I know it's very irritating.

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    RV Guy, Did you have the wheels road forced balanced? If not, look for a shop that has a Hunter 9700, and the tech who knows how to use it. This is the best way you can isolate out any issues with the wheels or tires. I know you had them balanced several times, but nothing beats a road forced balance. On one of my daily drivers, I had new tires installed and balanced. Starting at 60 mph, you could feel a vibration. They balanced them again, same issue. Third time, I had them road forced balanced, and they are smooth as silk.

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    Thanks everybody for your ideas. I will be working through some things with it over the next few weeks and I will post what I find is the problem.
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    One thing I have done with my Vette since it was new: every wheel is in the exact same position as when I picked it up from the dealer. Every time I have had a wheel off, I have marked exactly what position it was on the hub.

    After you figure out what your problem is and you correct it, I would suggest you do what I have done. The wheel and tire assembly on a C4 is very large. Anything one can do to maintain wheel position on the vehicle helps tremendously.

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    If you don't find bent wheels or out-of-balance tires, start looking at the driveline as a vibration source.

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    RV Guy:

    I would still focus on tire balance. I had to take my vette to Discount 4 times before they were able to successfully balance the new Goodyears I purchased from them. Turned out the balancer had more than one program, and the program for "alloys" turned out to eradict the vibration at any speed. Prior to that, I was having the same symptoms as you. Might want to consider if everything else checks out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedC View Post
    RV Guy, Did you have the wheels road forced balanced? If not, look for a shop that has a Hunter 9700, and the tech who knows how to use it. This is the best way you can isolate out any issues with the wheels or tires. I know you had them balanced several times, but nothing beats a road forced balance. On one of my daily drivers, I had new tires installed and balanced. Starting at 60 mph, you could feel a vibration. They balanced them again, same issue. Third time, I had them road forced balanced, and they are smooth as silk.
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