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What would cause the tires to wobble at medium to high speeds?

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2015-07-17 17:32:53
2015-07-17 17:32:53

Alignment will not cause a noise...directly. It may cause tires to wear irregularly to cause a noise. Run your hand over the tire tread. is it smooth?Maybe the rear wheels were overtightened and the bearings are shot.

If they wobble and your steering wheel moves back and forth, it is usually a bad tire (s).

If you are getting a noise as you describe it is usually uneven chopped wear of tires. Or bad bearing(S).

Rotating them every 5-8000 miles should keep them wearing evenly if the alignment is good. If they alignment is out, they may wear abnormal regardless of rotation and may make noise. Rotating abnormally worn tires will shift the noise if they are the cause.

Balancing a good tire keeps the tire from vibrating at various speeds.

Bearings in most cases would need replacement.Your description makes me think tires and or bearings.

Or you could just check to see if there is anything inside the rim like gravel or dirt, or in North Dakota, snow. i know this for sure only happens when driving faster like on a highway, it happens to me quite a bit and the shaking is caused because there is more dirt stuck on one side of the rim than the other and causes your tire to become unbalanced

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