'89 Civic - steering wheel vibration

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Matt, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    The steering wheel on my '89 Civic vibrates noticeably left-right, like
    the car is alternately pulling in both directions, when going 50 MPH or
    better. At lower speeds I don't feel it (or it is slight enough that I
    don't). I checked the tire pressure, and they're all good. Is this an
    alignment or other issue, or just the age of the car showing?


    PS- Thanks to previous posters for the info on my oil consumption
    problem; after I replaced the PCV valve, head cover gasket and switched
    to Castrol Syntec the consumption dropped off the table, it's very
    slight now.
    Matt, Jul 27, 2005
  2. Possibly alignment or tie rod ends, but more likely its an inner CV joint.

    Stewart DIBBS
    Stewart DIBBS, Jul 27, 2005
  3. Matt

    jim beam Guest

    check for play in all the suspension joints. if none, get the wheels
    balanced. all 4 of them.
    it's great when people post results!
    jim beam, Jul 28, 2005
  4. If the vibration comes and goes at a steady rate much of the time, like
    over a half minute cycle, the wheels need a good quality balancing. If the
    severity is steady, there is a chance one of the tire treads is starting to
    separate from the carcass - but that normally feels more like a vertical

    Michael Pardee, Jul 28, 2005
  5. Matt

    Brad Taylor Guest

    My '84 Honda did the same thing and it turned out that the tread belts were
    coming off the tire. So at low speed there was no noticable difference, but
    at freeway speed there was just enough slipage inside the tire to cause it
    to vibrate left-right dangerously. It wasn't apparent until I had the tires
    removed for balancing and then the repairman saw the tail-tell cracks.
    Brad Taylor, Jul 28, 2005
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