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Old 04-26-2012, 09:17 AM
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Default Finally cured my 60-68 MPH vibration

Got truck 3 months ago with 60k miles. First 500 miles were O.K. Then developed vibration between 60-68 MPH (65 MPH the worst). Brakes had started seeming wobbly at same time (warped rotors?), so after reading many posts on this forum, had brakes done. Still had vibration . Brake guy checked driveshaft and front supension, and after driving it said tires were bad (tires only 2 years old but were junk-brand). Went and had Firestone Destination LE's put on at local franchise tire shop. Still had vibration and now small alignment problem (tended to drift to the left). Tire place guy drove it and said "that's just the way Rangers are". Refused to accept his answer. Took it back to local tire shop and they fixed alignment, but still had vibration. Took it to Ford Dealership--they verified driveshaft was original (brake guy said it was replacement) and all good. Also checked all front suspension and deemed all good. Road-force balanced tires, and said 2 were way out of spec. Took it back to local tire guy, who replaced the 2 tires N/C, and vibration is now gone, thank God. As stated in another post, I'm happy now.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:34 AM
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Default Re: Finally cured my 60-68 MPH vibration

alway's use road force when balancing truck tires.
glad you got your problem solved.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:55 PM
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Is road force different than spin balance?
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:59 PM
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Goes hand in hand with each other. While being spun on the balancer (in a road force balancer) there is a wheel that comes down and rides on the tire tread applying pressure (hence road force) to the tire during its spin balance.
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Old 04-27-2012, 05:34 AM
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Goes hand in hand with each other. While being spun on the balancer (in a road force balancer) there is a wheel that comes down and rides on the tire tread applying pressure (hence road force) to the tire during its spin balance.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:08 AM
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AHA!! Had the same problem exactly. Bought new tires from Sears,& had terrible vibration at about same speed. After 500 miles went back for balancing. Told by Sears I needed all kinds of front-end work but tires were ok. I'm suspicious of everyone so I went for a 2nd opinion at an independent shop I like. They checked out front and back, brakes, tie-rod ends, bearings, etc. Ended up with one blown shock on front which I replaced, nothing else apparently wrong. Went for test-drive and same vibration still there. I had to drive out of town about 500 miles and had the vibration the whole time. Went back to mechanic and had them pull everything off and check out the front end, suspension, brakes, everything was ok. They said it was tires. They checked for proper inflation and found 8lbs overinflated on each tire from when Sears rotated and balanced last. Deflated to 32 lbs and vibration was slightly different. Now I'm going to have the road force and spin balance.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:26 PM
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I just do a basic spin balance on my tires (do it personally) and have had no vibration issues.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:15 PM
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Got truck 3 months ago with 60k miles. First 500 miles were O.K. Then developed vibration between 60-68 MPH (65 MPH the worst). Brakes had started seeming wobbly at same time (warped rotors?), so after reading many posts on this forum, had brakes done. Still had vibration . Brake guy checked driveshaft and front supension, and after driving it said tires were bad (tires only 2 years old but were junk-brand). Went and had Firestone Destination LE's put on at local franchise tire shop. Still had vibration and now small alignment problem (tended to drift to the left). Tire place guy drove it and said "that's just the way Rangers are". Refused to accept his answer. Took it back to local tire shop and they fixed alignment, but still had vibration. Took it to Ford Dealership--they verified driveshaft was original (brake guy said it was replacement) and all good. Also checked all front suspension and deemed all good. Road-force balanced tires, and said 2 were way out of spec. Took it back to local tire guy, who replaced the 2 tires N/C, and vibration is now gone, thank God. As stated in another post, I'm happy now.
"Thats the way rangers are" Typical careless mechanic.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:01 PM
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Sometimes road force balancing is the only way to get a good balance. Some tires are weird that way. Thankfully, I've never ran into your problem but I have heard of it.

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Old 01-11-2013, 03:43 PM
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Default Re: Finally cured my 60-68 MPH vibration

I can attest that a balance can make a huge difference because I had no idea that tires can "get out of round". I know that tires wear differently, which is why a rotation and alignment should be regular maintenance along with proper air pressure. Anyway, I have driven nothing but Rangers since 98', and I can tell the difference when pressure gets low because of how the vehicle feels. One thing that could have saved some aggrevation is a good tire gauge and not those cheap $1 ones that resemble a pencil. Even the $5 or $6 dial ones at Wal-Mart are so much more reliable. Glad you got everything figured out.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:37 PM
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I have had this same exact problem for like 2 months. What chain place will do a road force balance?! I want to fix this TOMORROW. Pretty sure Walmart balanced my 2 front tires and a local tire place did my rear wheels.

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I figured i just had a warped rotor. I had all 4 tires balanced a while after the vibration started an it was still there so I gave up on the wheel balance hypothesis.
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