Ok, I own a 2001 SLS that has a vibration feeling in the steering wheel. I don't think this is the normal front end vibration problem with my car.
A little history first. I had a front wheel bearing go on me that I decided to replace. The whole process when south in a hurry and I wound up using a torch to get the bearing off since no amount of break free, heat, wax, bfh, or tension with a puller was going to remove it (sheared part of the plate off that the studs press into). After it was off I discovered that I had peened the end of the axle shaft some when trying to remove the bearing. I tired to grind the first two threads down and clean the rest up but decided to order a new axle to save time. My car is now back together and I have a vibration in the front that I did not have in the past. My tires were getting worn up front so I bought a set of Goodyear Eagle Response Edges that I had road force balanced. I also replace the front rotors and had a four wheel alignment done. I still have a slight vibration. It builds with speed and I notice it when turning the car (kind of feels like a slight binding). I spoke to a mechanic and he doesn't think the axle is the problem. Like I said the car rode great before the wheel bearing replacement.
For the bearing assemblies I bought Timken parts and torqued everything to spec. The axle is a carquest part.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I could buy a different axle and swap it out but want to limit any other possibilities first. I know that this sounds a little picky but this car rode smooth and I spent a fair amount of money for it. Thanks for any suggestions or help in advance.
Get the front end back up on jackstands and remove the wheels and rotors. Make very sure that the rotor-to-hub and wheel-to-rotor mating surfaces are absolutely clean. A small rust chip or sticky ID label in a new rotor will cause enough runout to give you a high speed shimmy.
Torque the wheel studs to 100 ft/lb in a star pattern.