Car: 2006 Chrysler 300C Heritage
Join Date: Nov 2011
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Front End Noise/Play & Steering Wheel Wobble
I apologize in advance, this might be a long read, but I'm getting agitated and I want to provide as much detail as possible.
Let's start with Steering Wheel Wobble. I have a very annoying steering wheel wobble, that only happens above 90km/h. 55mph for you yanks.
I originally thought it was a wheel balance issue, but I've had the wheels rebalanced so many times that it would make your head spin. I've tried 3-4 different shops, I've tried replacing the tires, I've tried different wheels. The problem persists.
Recently, I took the car to the best wheel shop in town, who used a brand new state-of-the-art Hunter Road Force Balancer. They moved the tires on the rims and countered any high/low spots... They got all 4 wheels down to less than 10lbs road force, and all 4 wheels balanced perfectly, yet the problem persists.
The tire shop suggested I take the car for an alignment, so I had my trusted mechanic at the nearest dodge dealer do a wheel alignment. My car drives straight as an arrow, but still the vibration persists.
Lately, I've noticed a major "clunk" going over potholes, speedbumps, and especially over rough wash-board type country back roads. Like something is seriously loose in the front end.
I replaced the front anti roll bar frame bushings with Moog K200170 replacements. As I heard that was a common cause of front end noise. But it made no difference.
Now I'm wondering if I have a more severe front suspension problem, causing the wheel vibration. Any suggestions? I guess I'm going away on vacation soon, and I could just drop the car off at the dealer - and tell them to fix it... But I'd much prefer to do the work myself, and save some cash and anal leakage.