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Steering wheel vibration only when cold

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by ChickenBender, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:03 PM
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    ChickenBender

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    For the last few years my truck has had a vibration in the steering wheel, but only when the truck was cold. After driving for just a few miles the vibration goes away, regardless of the speed.

    I knew I was going to be installing new wheels and tires so I didn't bother to balance the original wheels and tires. Well, after having the new wheels and tires installed I am getting the same vibration.

    I can live with the vibration because it eventually goes away. But I'm telling you, the first 5 miles are pretty rough when the truck is cold. LOL
     
  2. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:19 PM
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    Tundra234

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    Original pads and rotors? How do the ball joints, tie rods, etc look?
     
  3. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:20 PM
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    Yes. Original rear pads and 4 original rotors

    Ball joints, tie rods, etc all are good to go
     
  4. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:21 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    What tires?

    This sounds like flat spotting.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:22 PM
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    I've been through 2 sets already. Original Goodyears. Now I am Fuel tires

    It's stayed consistent with different tires.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:22 PM
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    Your tires are flat spotting. As you drive, they warm up and round out again. Vibration goes away.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:24 PM
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    Flat spotting after sitting for 8 hours? Inside a climate controlled garage?

    I mean.....OK. :)
     
  8. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    Yea. It can happen. Has nothing to do with where it’s parked and just the nature of some tires.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:26 PM
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    The Goodyears were the original size. The Fuel tires are 33's.

    I can live with it, just was hoping to get it fixed. LOL
     
  10. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:28 PM
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    Trying putting more air in them. What psi are you running?
     
  11. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:28 PM
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  12. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:29 PM
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    Try bumping the front to 40 and the rear to 38.
     
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  13. Feb 10, 2020 at 7:29 PM
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    Okie doke! I'll try to remember to check back in a week or two
     
  14. Feb 10, 2020 at 8:10 PM
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    Our trucks are definitely vibration sensitive but everyone here will help as much as possible. Keep us posted.
     
  15. Feb 10, 2020 at 9:49 PM
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    Twinky

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    Does it also idle a little higher than normal when its cold?

    Could be the truck bringing itself up to temperature which takes a few minutes and I believe it raises its idle a bit. Maybe its feeding back a vibration noticeable in the steering wheel?
     
  16. Feb 10, 2020 at 9:50 PM
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    easleycrawler

    easleycrawler TOYOTA ADDICT- SSEM #78

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    Cold tires. Once they get some heat in them, the vibration goes away. :thumbsup:
     

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