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#1 (permalink) Old 01-11-2008, 01:19 PM
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Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing a steering vibration in their Sportage? What I am getting is a rather high frequency vibration that kicks in at bout 60 MPH. You do not see the steering wheel move like with a usual tire balance issue or cold tires.

As I maintain a constant speed, the vibration comes and goes with about 30 seconds of vibration with 10 or so of no vibration.

The vibration is such that it will cause your hands and wrists to hurt after moderate distance driving. Feels like using a weed whacker, power drill, or circular saw for extended periods.

I have never owned a vehicle or driven one that did anything like this. I took it in to the dealer today and they balanced the tires and gave me the usual speech about cold tires and how tires such as the ones installed have a bit more natural vibration that regular passenger tires.

I explained that I drive a 2K Xterra with All Terrain tires on it and it is not painful to drive for extended periods.. (Kia is my wife's primary vehicle)..

Just curious if I will get the "natural characteristic of the vehicle" speech if I push the issue. My final word is that it should not be physically painful to drive. There is no doubt in my mind that driving it like this for an extended period could cause a repetitive strain injury.

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Those kind of trouble are really hard to find.The best way to find which tire cause trouble is to do a rotation not in X but front right to rear right ect ... .It will not solve entirely your problem but i m sure it gonna shake less on the steering.
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Iam trying to find the same trouble with my 2001 rio - Ka changed the RIMs and I changed the tires. I rotated the tires ..... no luck! I cant for the life of me figure it out - the alignment must be OK because the tires wear perfectly normal. Iam ready to get a wheel alignment just to have someone see if anything is bent. I also get a slight rocking motion at around 5 mph - something must be out of round?
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I also get a slight rocking motion at around 5 mph - something must be out of round?
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(1) I had a steel belt let go on a Ford Explorer (wife's vehicle) -- what a trip that was... it went on for weeks and got progressively worse -- initially, it was just a tap-tap-tap noise that would come and go depending on speed, however, apparently as more and more of the belt ruptured the vibration got worse and worse to the point that you could not go more than 25mph without it shaking the entire vehicle as if one side of the vehicle was on a normal road and the other side was on a "pot hole test track"... the amazing thing was that the bad tire was actually on the opposite side of where the dirver thought the issue was (!!!). Anyway, if this is the issue in your case, just jack up every wheel, in turn, and run your hand over the tread surface -- if you feel a slight bubble (on the treaded surface), then you may have a rupturing steel belt.

(2) My own 02 Conv (2wd) does have adjustable wheel bearings in the front (the non-driven axle) and I experienced something similar at about the 100K mark -- a minor effort to re-adjust them.

NOTE: a rupturing steel belt will be most noticeable at lower speeds and largely disappear at higher speeds; a bad wheel bearing will normally not be noticeable at lower speeds, but rather btwn 45mph and 65mph in the form of a slight noise/vibration intitially, then a more pronounced squeeling and vibration toward the end.

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Do have them make sure you are not having trouble with the ABS/ESP software. My 2005 started out with a strange "freeway speed, pulling to the left slightly" problem. It at first presented as a "vibration" and then became evident that the left font wheel was actually braking after about 40 miles of highway. (It would stop doing it if you came to a COMPLETE stop)....then it would start up again.

I'm pretty sure they have the original "yaw sensor" campaign all worked out for anything AFTER 2005.....but maybe someone should do a diag on your ABS/ESP
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I have the same observation with my 2009 Sportage.

I had the wheels rotated, load balanced, and that slight vibration would appear when i hit 75mph. The annoying part is that, the occurence of the vibration is erratic - sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't.

My sportage doesn't have ESP. The once released in the Middle East doesn't have this function.
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Do have them make sure you are not having trouble with the ABS/ESP software. My 2005 started out with a strange "freeway speed, pulling to the left slightly" problem. It at first presented as a "vibration" and then became evident that the left font wheel was actually braking after about 40 miles of highway. (It would stop doing it if you came to a COMPLETE stop)....then it would start up again.

I'm pretty sure they have the original "yaw sensor" campaign all worked out for anything AFTER 2005.....but maybe someone should do a diag on your ABS/ESP

Mine started thid deal last night I think. It could be the 2' of snow we got, but.....
I get a vibration (you can see the wheel going back and forth) at 40+. It also seems to be I guess I'd call it pulling/drifting back and forth. It almost also seems like the steering seems less responsive.

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My Sportage did this since new. Tires either are not round or out of balance. But, the vibration feels like cv joints or bearings. Simple turning the wheel(like changing the lane) causes it to go away. Wonder if a cv joint is low on grease or possibly a bearing out of spec. Not too worried. 10/100k... I'll complain about it in a few years and have everything replaced.

For now, I'm waiting for these Hankook tires to wear out. If the issue is there with the new tires, then I'll exercise the warranty.
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