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Tire knot or something else? #4759377
05/16/18 11:58 PM
05/16/18 11:58 PM
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New Orleans
podan Offline OP
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My wife took her 2013 Mazda CX-9 (FWD) in for a recall on the lower control arms. They replaced the arms, aligned it, and rotated the tires. She claims that shortly after that she could feel a vibration in the steering wheel. She drove it from New Orleans to Florida, and by the time she came back said the car was terrible. I drove it today, at low speeds ( <20 MPH) the steering wheel shakes. There are no unusual noises. The shake gets worse until you get on up to interstate speed, and the shake becomes more of a vibration. The vehicle does not pull to either side when driving or braking. I have looked at the front tires, and one seems more worn than the other but I cannot see and obvious bulges or flat spots. Any hints before I take it back to the dealership? I just don't believe the problem is related to the lower control arms replacement or an I wrong?

Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759380
05/17/18 12:00 AM
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Wheel weight missing or loose can cause a lot of those issues.


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Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759392
05/17/18 01:48 AM
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Manchester, England
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Wheel balance or warped disc


Cable ties should hold it
Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759408
05/17/18 03:31 AM
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possible bent wheel

Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759424
05/17/18 04:31 AM
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Move the suspected tire/wheel to the rear and see if there is still a front shake.


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Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: Char Baby] #4759465
05/17/18 05:40 AM
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Champlain/Hudson Valley
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Wheel merely glances against a curb could do all that you describe.

You vehicle has an "X" in the name, CX-9, and it's FWD not 4WD?

Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759505
05/17/18 06:29 AM
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Noticeable at very low speeds means it is something that is fundamentally not round, not a weight imbalance. Find some good flat pavement, hold the steering wheel loosely and drive very slowly to feel for any "once around" side to side movement.

As it got worse after driving it is most likely a faulty tire. Can also be that the wheel is not seated on the hub due to corrosion or other debris in between.

Last edited by mk378; 05/17/18 06:34 AM.
Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759614
05/17/18 08:06 AM
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Or it could just be that they didn't torque the lug nuts of one tire properly. Seen many times this causing the steering wheel shake!


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Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759643
05/17/18 08:25 AM
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After the tire rotation, a bent rim/out-of-round tire is now in the front, causing the noticeable shimmy.


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Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759646
05/17/18 08:26 AM
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Just sounds like a bent rim or bent tire. Was on the back before and you did not notice, now that it is on the front you do.


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Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759915
05/17/18 12:42 PM
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New Orleans
podan Offline OP
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Thanks for all the ideas. When I have time this weekend I am going to take one tire off at a time and put the spare tire on in its place (even though it is a temporary spare - not full size) and see what happens.

Re: Tire knot or something else? [Re: podan] #4759989
05/17/18 01:45 PM
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Va.
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I had a tire knot appear and show the same symptoms. Slow driving <10 mph you could feel the front end rise and fall maybe an inch. The steering wheel, like yours, wobbled in sync with the rise. crzy


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