ever so slight vibration felt in steering wheel

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Asked by Jan 02, 2017 at 07:47 PM about the 2003 Ford Explorer XLS V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Vehicle tracks straight and true, no vibration in brake pedal or gas pedal.  
At about 30 miles per hour I can feel a slight vibration, almost  not
perceivable in the steering wheel only, not jerking at all.  If I turn the wheel
slightly to the left it goes away, but returns when I go straight.  Minute
vibration continues if I turn slightly to the right.  If I slow below twenty MPH
the vibration goes away as does the extremely slight and low growl which
can barely be heard.  Any ideas?  Power steering pump full as per slight
glass.  Would a bad pump act this way.  Turning the wheel one inch to the
left to change lanes cause the sound and vibration to go away?  Changed a
lot of bad pumps, but never ran across a situation like this.

8 Answers

85,515

Possible that a wheel bearing is starting to go, should have it checked at a repair shop.

85,515

A growl is associated to a worn wheel bearing.

122,775

Happy new year Rowe, hope you had a good holiday...

85,515

Yes thank you, just sat home and watch the ball drop, I woke up just in time to see it drop. Happy New Year to you also....

118,495

Could be a tire just slightly out of balance or a rim that is slightly bent, you could rotate the tires and see if the vibration in the steering wheel goes away, if it does then have the balance rechecked and while it is on the machine they can check if the rims are true.

122,775

Rowe, i live in New York and went there one time in the lare 70's I froze my butt off it was like 20 degrees , the only people that go to the ball dropping now in New York is tourist...no bathrooms, they where adult diapers....

85,515

I have only watch it on tv. 20° is the norm here in the U.P. but threw the years it has ben warming up for the winters, like right now it is 33° out there. My trivia question for this evening was how many people in 2016 were at Times Square for the ball drop? 1,000,000 was the answer so there must be a lot of indecent ex-poser tickets given out since there are no bath rooms, hea?

I rent a lot of new Ford explorers and Flex models on a monthly bases for the past 6 years and i noticed this slight vibration only on AWD ford vehicles and it started approx 2 years ago, maybe it has something to do with their AWD system, just a suggestion...

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