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    My CTS has a vibration in the steering wheel that comes and goes. You can also see it significantly in the front passengers seat.
    Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rulison
    My CTS has a vibration in the steering wheel that comes and goes. You can also see it significantly in the front passengers seat.
    Any thoughts?
    Out of balance tires are a common culprit for vibrations. It is usually speed related. In other words in happens within a range (for example between 55-60 mph) and lessen or disappear outside of that range therefore you might want to check to see if the "comes and goes" happens with fluctuations in speed.

    Also an out of balance front tire will cause the steering wheel to shake. Rear tires that are out of balance can usually be felt as an overall vibration or in the seat. Also check to make sure you don't have a bent wheel.

    Other possibilities might be a driveshaft/u-joint issue or problems with the axle, differential, transmission or bearings. Bearing problems usually vibrate regardless of speed, but get worse and louder the faster you go. Drive shaft issues could be speed dependent.

    I'd start with the easiest, least expensive and most likely cause first, an out of balance tire, and work from there.

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    Re: vibration

    Quote Originally Posted by rulison View Post
    My CTS has a vibration in the steering wheel that comes and goes. You can also see it significantly in the front passengers seat.
    Any thoughts?
    Hello rulison,

    I am sorry your CTS has a vibration in the steering wheel. I understand how this can be a concern and you are looking for information towards a resolution. I would like to look into this for you. Please reach out to me via private message and include your full contact information, VIN and current mileage.

    Sincerely,

    Laura M.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gohawks63

    Out of balance tires are a common culprit for vibrations. It is usually speed related. In other words in happens within a range (for example between 55-60 mph) and lessen or disappear outside of that range therefore you might want to check to see if the "comes and goes" happens with fluctuations in speed.

    Also an out of balance front tire will cause the steering wheel to shake. Rear tires that are out of balance can usually be felt as an overall vibration or in the seat. Also check to make sure you don't have a bent wheel.

    Other possibilities might be a driveshaft/u-joint issue or problems with the axle, differential, transmission or bearings. Bearing problems usually vibrate regardless of speed, but get worse and louder the faster you go. Drive shaft issues could be speed dependent.

    I's start with the easiest, least expensive and most likely cause first, an out of balance tire, and work from there.
    It seems as though the speed does not make a difference. It just seems to be more apparent at times and less at other times...could bad spark plugs cause an issue like this?

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    Re: vibration

    An engine misfire caused by a "bad" spark plug would most likely also set a DTC (diagnostic trouble code) and cause the yellow Check Engine Light to come on.

    Another way to check an engine misfire without the vehicle moving is to have it running, in gear, foot on brake, and lightly push on accelerator to see if you can feel any abnormal vibration in the wheel or seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj4243
    An engine misfire caused by a "bad" spark plug would most likely also set a DTC (diagnostic trouble code) and cause the yellow Check Engine Light to come on.

    Another way to check an engine misfire without the vehicle moving is to have it running, in gear, foot on brake, and lightly push on accelerator to see if you can feel any abnormal vibration in the wheel or seat.
    Just checked it....doesn't seem to be the problem, but u have helped me rule that one out. TY

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    Re: vibration

    What model year? These cars seem pretty sensitive to vibrations. The 22 months I owned my 09, it always had vibrations you described, along with a drone at certain speeds. Even after service bulletins, numerous alignments, different tires, replaced suspension components, etc. Some stuff made it better, but it never went away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somedaycts
    What model year? These cars seem pretty sensitive to vibrations. The 22 months I owned my 09, it always had vibrations you described, along with a drone at certain speeds. Even after service bulletins, numerous alignments, different tires, replaced suspension components, etc. Some stuff made it better, but it never went away.
    2009... I hope that's not the case.

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    Re: vibration

    It depends on the moon and the tides. I hate the vibrations in my car and I cannot figure it out. I would love to put cameras and vibration sensors all over this vehicle and shove the results under the engineers noses. The fact that they are not being held accountable for this is insulting to the owners that have to live with this day after day. The day is coming when I dump this POS because of it.

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