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I have a 2004 LE 4x4 and when driving at a speed of 80mph or above i get alot of steering wheel vibration. Not sure if maybe the tires have anything to do with it since they are the factory Contis. But I'm going to take it in and see if they can do an alignment. Just curious if anyone else has noticed this. Maybe just normal for a vehicle this size.
 

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You probably need a Road Force Balance. If your dealer doesn't have the equipment to do it, look at some of the large chain tire stores. It is probably not an alignment problem, and it is not normal to have the vibration.
 

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Hi,

I have had the same issue for 13 months now on my 04 LE. First they rebalanced the wheels, then they did it again, then they did the road force balance and 1 wheel/tire failed which they replaced. Shimmy is still there. They can't fix it and deny that it even exists now. I'm currently talking to my lawyer and will likey sue Nissan and the selling dealer for breach of warranty. I have a feeling the problem could be related to the power steering pump as the tires are balanced (so they say). I have even taken the vehicle to an Ind tire shop to verify the problem and they think its a tire issue.

If you make any progress on this issue, please let me know.

Thanks

Bubba
 

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I have a 2004 LE 4x4 and when driving at a speed of 80mph or above i get alot of steering wheel vibration. Not sure if maybe the tires have anything to do with it since they are the factory Contis. But I'm going to take it in and see if they can do an alignment. Just curious if anyone else has noticed this. Maybe just normal for a vehicle this size.

I also have an 04 le with conti's, and i have 23km or about 15 thousand miles on, and at 115MPH I have a slight wobble....dealer can't dup[licate...grin...so I live with it :smart:
 

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I have similar issue on my 05 LE. When I first got it, the steering wheel will start shaking when I drove above 75-80MPH. Brought it to dealer and the tech checked it out and told me he could not reproduce the problem. I asked him how fast did he drive. He said at speed limit (65MPH). I was like ... :duh:

I then took a drive with him (after another trip to the same dealer). I drove the MADA since he told me he could not drive above the speed limit because of the libility issue... fine !!! I reproduced the issue. He took the MADA in, rebalanced the tires. I picked the truck at the end of the day... drove it home ... still shaking !!! :pullout:

I went back the next day and spoke to the service advisor ... this is what he said to me, "What do you want me to do???" I was almost going to curse at him but I remained calm. I escalated to the service manager and she was playing the delay game ... stating the wheel balancer was out of spec and they need to get someone to recalibrate the machine.... yada yada yada ...

Long story short ... I finally took my truck to American Tire for road forced balance. They found one tire which was hard to balance ... they have to stack two layers of weight on the wheel. The manager was so nice that he did not chance me a penny for the work (due to the previous tire purchase I had with him on my Acura). After the road forced balance, the MADA rides a lot smoother. The wheel which was "out of spec" was moved to the rear. I am waiting for these crappy tires to wear out to get something better.

That's my story.
 

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So basically I should just buy all new tires and not waist my time with the dealership. If thats the case then it seems like an easy enough fix to me. I hate having to mess with the dealership because of the run-around they give.
 

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My suggestion is to try rotate the tires such as moving the front tires to the rear and see if the problem goes away. Based on my experience, I have one tire that caused the vibration at high speed - the one with a lot of weigh on it. Soon as that wheel was moved to rear, the vibration goes away.

The best bet is to replaced all tires but that would cause lots of $$$.

My $0.02.
 

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I got "rotated" at my 15,000 miles service. They put a bad wheel / tire from the back on the front - BAD steering wheel vibration. I was out of alignment, too - I paid for the dealer to straighten it out (hesitate to call it "alignment"). Finally gave up and bought new tires - BFGs are the bomb! I would not suggest this as the first stop, as it's an $1100 fix for a problem that the dealer should be able to handle.
 
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