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Old 04-19-2012, 08:34 AM
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Front wheel wobble???

I purchased a used 2009 Honda Accord a few months back and I had noticed that the front wheel wobbles when I hit bumps (esp. under power). The wobble goes away as I take my foot off the gas. It only happens on the passenger side front.

There is no play in the front wheel (on the ground or jacked up).

I have jacked it up, taken the wheel off, and then used a second jack to reload the suspension on that side, and everything seems tight. No play anywhere (loaded or unloaded). Well, the tie rod end could be turned much easier on the problematic side.

I have rotated the tires.

Still, this death wobble on the one side.

This past weekend, I replaced the inner and outer tie rod ends on that side, and the problem persists.

Anyone have any insight into what might be the problem?

The wobble feels like it is fore/aft, and it looks like the rim was hit pretty hard on that side prior to my purchase (as evidenced by the rim damage). As mentioned earlier, wheels were rotated and the problem is still in the front right wheel.

Anyway, this is driving me nuts...

Is it possible that the steering box is damaged on just that side? And wouldn't I be able to feel it?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:43 AM
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Possibly a bad strut?
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Hhmmm very strange the only other thing i could tell u is to see if a hub ring would make a difference, maybe not but only other solution i could think of or take it to the dealer and have them look at it.
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Does the wobble seem to be stronger at a certain speed?
Does the wobble seem to get less and speeds greater and 45?
Is the wobble getting slowly worse as time goes on?

I had a similar issue on a 2002 vw cabrio. It would wobble when I would accelerate, but it would wobble the hardest around 30-40 mph. My problem ended up being the passenger side axle needed to be replaced. Not sure if that is your issue, but could be.
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Here is the next test: It sounds like a strut. To test for this, find a bumpy street with no traffic on it. Get up to speed where it wobbles. Stick your head out the window and physically watch the front wheel. Take a passenger with you looking at the passenger side wheel. See if the front wheel is bouncing up and down fast. If so, you have a bad strut. Then switch places with the passenger and drive the same street looking at the other wheel. Compare them in your mind. Do they both bounce with the same frequency? I tend to think you have a passenger side bad strut. Has there been any accident damage 'ever' on the passenger side? Even hitting a big pot hole or curb that could have bent the strut slightly?

Since you purchased this vehicle used, do you know the history of the vehicle? If you want to give me the VIN, I can run a CarFAX and check to see if has ever been damaged.
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Does the wobble seem to be stronger at a certain speed?
Does the wobble seem to get less and speeds greater and 45?
Is the wobble getting slowly worse as time goes on?

I had a similar issue on a 2002 vw cabrio. It would wobble when I would accelerate, but it would wobble the hardest around 30-40 mph. My problem ended up being the passenger side axle needed to be replaced. Not sure if that is your issue, but could be.
+1 sounds like cv bent to me as well. If hit hard, it could bend the axle. Also possible wheel bearing issue. Doea it produce any noise?
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