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Old 07-11-2008, 06:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Vibrating Steering Wheel

My steering wheel vibrates (significantly) only when stopped at a red light/stop sign, when I put it in neutral it goes away, and it doesnt't vibrate while I'm driving.... Any one know what could be causing this? I took it to the chev dealership and they tightned the engine mounts and said the vibrating was normal in Optras...It's annoying and I'd like to figure out why It's happening
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in what way does it vibrate? does it vibrate side to side like your turning the wheel back and forth very fast or does it vibrate in and out (telescoping)?

these two are typical of braking issues, tire issues or suspensoin issues.

if it was the motor or tranny vibrating you would feel it more in the seat than the wheel.

an engine or tranny issue would be noticable always at idle with little to no load on the power train.

a brake, tire or suspensoin issue would come up when braking.

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It vibrates only at idle, again it goes away when I put it in neutral or drive the car. As for the kind of vibration I haven't noticed the direction in which it vibrates. It is kind of like a shaking sensation in the wheel... I hope this info helps
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:? 5-speed or auto?

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2004 automatic, with 50,000kms. Does any one else have this problem or is it only me...Also what is the 'hold' button for exactly, I don't use I'm too worried I'm going to break the car haha
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I don't know what it is, it would be hard for me to say just by the info and not looking at the car, mainly because I'm not an expert with these cars yet. I have a manual and with 11400 miles on it, the reason I say this is my rotors are already warped so when I brake hard I get an insane amount of vibration. I have not taken it to the dealer yet because of time, but I bought the car because it was cheap, so I knew when i bought it that parts might fail quickly.
But anyways good luck with yours.
also, In the manual (which no one reads) the hold button lets you hold the car in a certain gear, for traction and towing I think is what it said, I only glanced over that part.

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it's a tranny issue for sure, I'm thinking a fluid may be low or it might be time to have the tranny filter changed and have new fluid added.

Garrett

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I just had the fluid drained and replaced recentely with four new cooler lines (i think lol) because I had a leak from one the hoses before. So there might be an issue with my transmission?,.. Hopefully it will be covered under the power train. As for not reading the manual mine is in french so its of no use to me lol.
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the shop that did the service might not have used the correct fluid. I've seen that a lot with the Jetta/Golf 3's. they take a specific fluid that you have to get from VW, if you use anything else you will have trouble.

...they may have just not added enough after the service, check the level again.

...did the dealer do the service?

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I wasn't calling you out for not reading it, hell i hardly read any manuals for anything i buy. and that sucks it in french.
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