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Ok, so I've got a 2005 S60R, manual, 66k km.<p>Bought it used a couple thousand kms ago. Have 3 yr / 60 k warranty.<p>Noticed vibration in wheels at certain speeds, got wheels rebalanced at place with fancy Hunter wheel balancer (I don't know if they know how to use it properly). They changed some weights fairly seriously (several ounces on each wheel) and the car was way smoother below 60 km/h. At 110 km/h though it was much much worse.<p>Brought back to same tires shop, asked 'em what was up. They showed me the Michelin PS2s on it were not round. Also noted they were cupped?<p>I said "screw it, I was planning on buying new tires anyway" and picked up a set of Toyo Proxes T1R. They are good up to about 80km/h, and then I get vibration. It's actually kind of alarming at 100 km/h.<p>What do I do to fix this?<p>Should I:<p>1. bring it to the tires shop that installed the T1Rs - who have some crappy ancient balancer and seem to do most of their work on 20 year old pickup trucks (I know at guy at the shop, and got the tires at their cost, hence the only reason I went there.)<p>2. bring it to the Volvo dealership because they have experience with S60Rs - but are far away and like to charge for every little bloody thing (One of their techs actually has exactly the same car as mine except it has navigation - colours, year, milage, transmission are identical)<p>3. bring it to my Volvo mechanic, who I trust with everything on 740s and earlier but admits he hasn't worked on an S60R (but HAS worked on AWD S60 T5s). I don't think he has VADIS or whatever it's called.<p>4. bring it to a local (within 2 blocks of work) suspension shop who do excellent alignments and have the fancy road force wheel balancer, but charge $50/wheel to do said road-force balancing<p><br>I don't really have the time or patience to do work myself. I bought the S60 to replace an ageing 740 because I didn't want to have to deal with replacing the entire wiring harness. Yeah yeah pick an S60R, bad idea <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> but I've got the car now so... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thanks for any advice. I'm kind of having a mental meltdown due to other issues in my life and now my car is busted too. Sigh.
 

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Re: Wheel/tire/something vibration. Need direction to go with diagnostics. (evilspoons)

I don't think your car is busted. Most likely a wheel issue, as in one or more wheels are bent/warped. You should see it during a tire balance. Take it back and have the guy check the wheels on the balancer. If you think they didn't balance it right, then take it to whichever place you consider the best for balancing. I'd go for the volvo mechanic or the local shop. Doesn't matter if they know how to work on the S60R at this point, what matters is if they know how to properly balance a tire/wheel.<p>If that doesn't do it check the sway bars, bushings and endlinks. If they look good try a 4 wheel alignment (make sure they know how to align an R, just in case it's different than a regular S60).<p>Good luck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by S60R1 at 2:31 PM 6-22-2009</i>
 

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Re: Wheel/tire/something vibration. Need direction to go with diagnostics. (S60R1)

Also check for "centering rings" on each alloy wheel itself. If you're missing on any wheel, that can cause your issue 100%.
 

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Re: Wheel/tire/something vibration. Need direction to go with diagnostics. (Short Circuit)

They're factory 18" Pegaus wheels - do they need centering rings? What if you've got 5mm spacers?
 

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Re: Wheel/tire/something vibration. Need direction to go with diagnostics. (evilspoons)

I thought that you need centering wheels only if you have aftermarket rims?<br>My guess: alignment. You have mentioned that your Michelins were cupped. R goes out of alignment quickly.
 

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Re: Wheel/tire/something vibration. Need direction to go with diagnostics. (evilspoons)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>evilspoons</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They're factory 18" Pegaus wheels - do they need centering rings? What if you've got 5mm spacers?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Make sure you have OEM Pegasus wheels and not aftermarket replica's with a larger centerbore wheel and missing hubcentric rings...
 

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I have 3 bent 18" Pegs - when I tried to balance them due to vibration (even after alignment at dealer) guy at tire shop said they're "soft" rims because they are not heat treated. Does that make sense? He has an '04 R and has been through this a couple times.<p>They'll be going in for straightening and refinish soon to a local rim repair shop.
 
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