Posted by Kai Hall in Uncategorized on
Can’t figure out what that annoying vibration is every time you drive your car? Surprisingly enough, most annoying vibrations can be easily diagnosed and repaired. The following three factors are the leading causes of vibration in front wheel drive Honda and Acura vehicles.
The first step in identifying where the vibration is coming from is to determine when it is happening. Does the vibration occur more at certain speeds, or all the time? Does the vibration go away at times?
The most overlooked source of vibration are the tires themselves. Tire balance is detrimental to not only tire wear and drivability, but also comfort. A tire that is even slightly off balance will cause a vibration felt all the way to the steering wheel. The tell all sign of poorly balanced tires is vibrations that occur only at certain speeds; typically around 40-60 mph.
If you observe vibrations only at certain speeds, consider yourself lucky! This is the most inexpensive fix of all (as long as your tires are not worn past their service life that is). Simply contact your local tire shop and schedule an appointment to get your tires balanced. This should run you around $50 and take no longer than an hour.
The second, and harder to diagnose problem is the engine mounts. Engine mounts play a detrimental role in complete drivetrain stability. The engine mounts hold the engine in place in the engine compartment, and dampen engine vibrations from travelling through the chassis into the passenger compartment. A broken engine mount can also cause the engine to be slightly out of place in the engine compartment causing poor axle alignment.
The last common cause for annoying vibrations is your drive axles. In Honda vehicles, the axles (commonly called CV axles) must be able to rotate at the same speed as the wheels, and at the same time allow the wheels to travel up and down over the ever changing road surface without changing the wheel speed. This is accomplished through the axles’ CV joints. A faulty axle 9 times out of 10 will have deteriorated CV joints.
The best way to diagnose Honda CV axle problems is to observe if the vibrations occur primarily on acceleration. When under a load (acceleration) the CV axles must transmit significant force through the CV joints to the wheels. A deteriorated axle will not be able to do this smoothly and will transmit a vibration, or wobble under a load.
Now, don’t pay the shop to diagnose those annoying vibrations. Take a quick drive and observe what is going when the vibrations occur and save yourself a lot of money!
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