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Old 12-18-2007, 05:13 PM   #1
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Should I be worried?

Alright, yesterday I was driving home on the highway and when I got up to about 110 to 120/kmph my ZX5 started to shake. It was a medium vibration through out my whole car. It started at about 100kmph slightly and it got stronger as I got up in speed. This wasn't just my imagination there was definetly something off.

The weather has been bad here in Toronto over the last few days so I'm wondering if something may have happened to my car. I had a little trouble in the snow a few times but I haven't hit anything.

Now it can't be my clutch because it does it when I pop it into nutral aswell. I turned off my stereo and sub, so its not that. Not the wind or anything like that. The roads were pretty clean on the highway aswell.

The traffic was bad today so I couldn't see if it was still having the same problem coming to work.

So, should I be worried?


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Old 12-18-2007, 05:29 PM   #2
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I would suggest getting your tires balanced and rotated and a possible alignment. could also be that alot of mud is stuck up in your wheel wells and has a nice coating over all of the suspension and steering parts. Try a good through rinse first.
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What brand of tires and the tire size do you have currently on your ZX5?
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:20 PM   #4
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Yah I cleared the snow/ice from my wheel well yesterday when I got home. But as I said I'm not sure if the problem is still there. I really hope I didn't throw off my alighment.

As for my tires they are 17s all season, as for brand and more info I have no idea. Its too cold for me to go outside and check right now.

They came with my car so I didn't really take too much notice to the brand, since it wouldn't mean much to me anyways.
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Problem solved: Snow is stuck to the inside of your wheel. It's happened to me a few times. With the cold we've been having, it sometimes doesn't fall off for a couple of days.

If there is no snow, it's a probably a wheel balance problem. How you are surviving on all-season tires in this snow is beyond me though. ouch!
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:28 PM   #6
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Yeah, kinda sounds like you lost a wheel weight or something. Get an alignment and balance check.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:45 PM   #7
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this happened to me on the highway above 60mph yesterday where the wheel would just shake, when i got all of the ice off of my car it stopped.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:52 AM   #8
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Happened to me a week ago after I drove my SVT home in what was supposed to be an inch or two of snow and turned out to be 6 inches (and on summer tires, no less).

Two days later after they plowed the roads, I took her out again and as I got up over 55 MPH, the car started to shake quite a bit. About 10 minutes later, I heard a clunk and saw a good sized chunk of snow come out from under the car in my rear view. Shaking was gone...

I'd given the wheels and wells a good clearing of snow, but I must have missed some.

I'd guess that's all it is, but if it warms up and you're sure the snow is gone and it's STILL doing it, then look into the advice given by the others (or just do it now if you're worried. Can't hurt to have it looked at).
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:11 PM   #9
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snow/ice buildup in the wheels/wheel wells. clean em' out!
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it could be snow in the tires or wheel wells but the wells wont cause the shaking, the tires will rub it off, snow in the wheels, possible but at that rate of speed most of the snow should be gone, what i suspect, and i had happen to me the last 2 years is your controls are and bushings are prolly packed with snow, i had to clean mine out by hand, i was bored, and got prolly 3 shovel fulls of snow out of each side, i live in the same climate as you, lots of snow and cold, so after checking the wheels and such, take one off and see if you have snow packed in there, if not balance them tires
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