Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Left wheel vibrate - 2006 Pontiac Torrent

asked by on

Has new rotors, brakes, and brake calibers. new tires and rims

My car has 185000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. It can sometimes to be difficult to determine which wheel position (left, right, front versus back) is the source of vibration and thus you could simply have "more" vibration on one side than the other side but still have imbalance on BOTH sides. One side is just "worse" than the other so it appears the problem is "there," the left in your case.

At any rate, if the vibration you are experiencing now did not exist prior to the brake and tire work, then it is obvious that the vibration is a consequence of the work. There are a lot of causes and each has to be looked at in turn: unbalanced tires, defective tires, tires that "appear" balanced but in fact, despite all balancing efforts, still vibrate due to the construction/design of the tires (solution: switch to another tire brand; Michelin or like "quality" is usually failsafe), unbalanced rotors, distortion of the rotor due to improper tightening and loose suspension parts.

If the rims being used are not identical to the OEM design including setback, that could be an issue as well. It is preferable to use OEM rims or IDENTICAL aftermarket rims. Regardless of the root cause of the vibration issue, YourMechanic would be pleased to assist you with diagnosis of the vibration issue and let you know what needs repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Rough idle and RPM fluctuation

This may be related to a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at...

Q: Pontiac Grand Prix shaking at 30 mph

If there is a broken piece on the rim it will cause the rim to be out of balance and shake when the car picks up speed. I would definitely get the rim fixed and re-balance and see if that...

Q: ABS sensor

The ABS wheel sensors are a commonly known part to fail. As you know, these are located at each wheel and help the ABS system detect abnormalities in driving conditions which causes the ABS system to engage. Occasionally, these sensors...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...