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i tried to add on to another thread, but i think nobody read it. so in the hope that is the case, i am re-posting as a new thread.


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my steering wheel is shaking too as of late...


i am not sure what the problem is, i'll describe it.

at any speed, be it 15mph, or 100mph :), the steering wheel starts to vibrate in my hand. it starts out very subtle, but then becomes more violent.

i found that accelerating, is my only alternative to waiting it out. i dunno, i guess the acceleration smoothes it out, but once i let go of the gas, it starts shaking again.

its very random as well. i can go 9 or 10 miles, with the silky smooth drive i am used to, only to be greeted by 2 or 3 minute spells of shaking. they go away, but they come back, it's not constant.

i was thinking since it's not constant, maybe a worn bushing or something?

i am hesitant to take it to my local mechanic (who gives me good deals on brake-jobs, oil changes, plugs, etc.) because he's not a saab specialist.

unfortunately, i've burned most of my saab specialist bridges... i paid $600 to have my a/c repaired at a certain place, and it broke within a month.. after they kept my car for nearly 2 weeks.. so they're done.. the dealer i also don't like because they seem to have an obsession with replacing my seals, which are hardly leaking.. i am sick of being charged too much for parts, and on top of it, having to always refuse a seal change..

soo, my question is, do i have to bite the bullet and go back to one of the saab guys to look at it, or is a run of the mill mechanic sufficient for investigating the problem? how much money would i be looking at for the various possible causes of the problem?

thanks!
 

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How are your tires? Check to see if they are in balance... this is a quick/cheap possible solution... have'm checked at any tire shop. I had a similar experience last year when I put new tires on mine and it turned out the tires were out of balance.
 

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I would first look for a tire shop with the Hunter 9700 balancing machine. If that doesn't work from what I've read go for the bushings next. At least that's my plan for my car.
 

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Good advice from both RiverCity and Pb.....

This is a very common problem for all motor vehicles, I think there are a lot of *** tires on the market, both brand M and brand X....
If not this, then worn out strut hydraulics or too soft bushings ............
 

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By the way, I've also noticed a popping coming from under the when I am back up and turning the wheel sharp like say from a parking space or something. I'm sure the bushings are going. I'm going to shimmy under the car this weekend and take a look.
 

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By the way, I've also noticed a popping coming from under the when I am back up and turning the wheel sharp like say from a parking space or something. I'm sure the bushings are going. I'm going to shimmy under the car this weekend and take a look.

I have noticed the exact same thing on mine. When parking and backing up or pulling in very slowly and turning the wheel more than one turn there sometimes is a clunk or a pop. And I of course have the steering wheel shake at around 60mph. Going faster or slower, or accelerating solves the issue.

Aside from unbalanced wheels/bad tires what could it possible be? I once saw a broken down car on the road with both front wheels pointing in opposite directions lol. Do not want to end up at same fate going 100mph. Halp :)
 

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I've had the same problems with my 9-3 as well i got really sick it, mostly it would shake if i stayed 65 mph so i would just accelerate to get rid of it, what i did find is that when i changed the fuel i was using it did go away in this case I was using a grocery stores gas (King Soopers) because i thought it was a good deal and decent gas but recently i switched to using that V-Power gasoline from Shell and I've noticed a huge difference in my cars performance!
 

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I've had the same problems with my 9-3 as well i got really sick it, mostly it would shake if i stayed 65 mph so i would just accelerate to get rid of it, what i did find is that when i changed the fuel i was using it did go away in this case I was using a grocery stores gas (King Soopers) because i thought it was a good deal and decent gas but recently i switched to using that V-Power gasoline from Shell and I've noticed a huge difference in my cars performance!
Wow, you just triggered my account to e-mail me for this thread being active. I just noticed that my last post was nearly 5 years ago, that's hilarious.

Not like it matters much anymore, but my shaking problems disappeared with new wheels and tires. In addition to that, I've recently made a project out of my car, and replaced all of my front suspension components (strut inserts, strut mounts, inner and outer tie rods, swaybar links, control arms, stanchion arms bushings) and all of them were worn out, dried out, torn, and leaking at 225,000 miles, and the car still had been riding rumble free up to that point (handling potholes was another story). Good, true, balanced wheels with evenly worn, quality tires, make a BIGGER difference than anything else it seems.
 
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