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Kalaharipro

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Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 7:53am

Vehicle vibration

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Let me start off by saying I know very little about cars, so please pardon any stupid comments or questions. I have had this issue for about a month now and after some poor tar road traveling over the weekend it seems worse this morning.

I will try and describe best possible what my issue is. 2007 V6 4l 4x4 Fortuner 280 000km. At about 90km/h the vehicle starts to pick up a vibration which can be felt on the steering wheel, your heel on the carpet, and the seat. This gets more pronounced as speed increases up to about 120km/h, and then fades a little towards 140km/h. Together with the vibration there is also a deepish humming sound - very difficult to explain this sound. Almost something between the road noise of off road tyres and the sound of a plane's engines in flight - inside the cabin. It is not too hard, but definitely audible.

Two more things, the minute it started doing this I took the wheels for a balance - did not change a thing, took it back for a rebalance, stood with them at the machine to ensure they balanced it perfectly - still same issue after a second balance. And one last thing, the vibration I am talking about is not the shuddering you get on a steering wheel when the wheels are out of balance, it is a fine vibration similar to when you sand a piece of wood with an electrical sander. Oh yes and one last last thing - the vibration is less or more pronounced depending on the quality of the tar I drive on. On some streches between Pretoria and Johannesburg it gets worse, and others it is better. So it seems as if the vehicle is really sensitive to the type of tar it travels on.

Any ideas? I dread going to a dealer with a general "please find the issue". that normally eqauls a statement that says "please see how quickly you can drain my bank account" :fie:


Any thoughts would be highly appreciated. :thumbsup:

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Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 9:50am

When I had a similar problem it was two of my Bridgestone Deulers that were out of round. The first shop also seemed to balance it OK, according to the machine but the second shop advised that I take the tyres to Bridgestone to check as something was wrong with them. Bridgestone then eventually confirmed that the tyre was out of round, then rotated the wheel on the rim and rebalanced it a couple of times before giving up and giving me a new tyre.....that was also out of round, which they then also replaced :)

Might also be a propshaft.
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Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 2:12pm

I have that exact same problem.
This is the post I have asked about my tires after taking it for wheel balancing. Improve road holding options
Bottom line, tyres now have heel and toe, new shocks installed, only way to solve is new tires.

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Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 4:35pm

I would be seriously disappointed if it were the tyres. They have done only 6000km's? :fie:

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Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 5:41pm

What tyres?
I would be seriously disappointed if it were the tyres. They have done only 6000km's? :fie:
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Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 6:22pm

Had a similar problem recently. I ignored it for a few weeks then just 2 days before going on a trip I decided to crawl under the car only to find my rear u-joint completely finished. Very happy I checked....wouldn't have made it far as it was.
Have someone check them out for you. There are 4 of them.

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Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 7:18am

Thanks PJC - will do that.

Tyres are Wrangler ATSA 265/65 R17

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Thursday, September 28th 2017, 5:53pm

Yes I agree that the propshafts and universals (U-joints) should be checked urgently by a qualified workshop. 2007 is a fair old age now, and there could have been some damage / corrosion unbeknown to you. The last thing you want is a failure in that area!

Good luck!

MOTORVISION in Pretoria West are generally very good, for a trustworthy check of suspension and drivetrain matters.

(By the way: I've been driving for over 45 years and have never had a bad tyre of that nature: but several propshafts.)
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Friday, September 29th 2017, 6:48am

Thanks Simo, I agree - rather save than sorry :dash:

I will be taking her to Dr Propshaft in Hermanstad on Tuesday. Will post here what they find.

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Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 8:24am

OK so the verdict is out. The propshaft joints seized - all 4 of them. They showed me and it is actually amazing that the car is still going as it does. No sign of lubrication what so ever. They are busy replacing and calibrating before assembling back onto the vehicle. WIll let you know if the sound is gone once I have driven it again.

The guy said that propshafts are very seldom greased as part of a normal service - hence this type of failure.

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Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 8:32am

Hope this solves the problem. Mechanic is correct. U-joint are neglected until the prop shaft falls out.... then big trouble :minigun:

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Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 11:19am

I wanted to service mine the other day and did not see a grease nipple on the uni joints.

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Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 11:27am

Got the vehicle back. Vibration and noise are gone! :D .

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