Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: vibration/buzzing felt in steering wheel, seat, gas pedal, shifter 50 mph up shifted to neutral with engine off

asked by on

From new, tires were balanced 3 times, also switched to winter wheels - no improvement.(I have 40 years experience as a car hobbiest) I did this test procedure: 1)supported chassis 2)removed wheels 3)supported ball joints to simulate loaded suspension 4)disabled all drivers assistance features 5)idling in gear a wobble is seen in both cv axles - (inner cv is a splined fit into transaxle with some looseness) 6)accelerated to 60 mph the same vibration/buzz is felt starting at 45 mph 7)no unusual noises, no looseness in wheel bearings, no vibration felt on struts. I feel it is a defective cv joint or out of balance axle. Noticeable on smooth roads, test driven other cars including my 21 year old VW GTI so it's not in my imagination(some are smooth, some vibrate). Dealer is willing to call in their service expert to test drive but they themselves are not sure there is a problem

My car has 7000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: If you are under factory warranty then by a...

If you are under factory warranty then by all means get the expert there to drive it. VW warranty does not last very long so I suggest you get the most out of it in the meanwhile. They'll ensure that it gets fixed or at the very least show you that it is a normal condition among all vehicles and is something that cannot be fixed.If you ask a question in the future, please give the model of VW you have as we can better assess your specific issue. Good luck.

If the dealer is unable to help or you'd like a second opinion on this matter, feel free to enlist a certified technician who can diagnose your car's shaking symptoms at your own convenience.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Rattle in exhaust then a puff of smoke

Hi, thanks for writing in. I would assume that the vehicle is still under the factory warranty. It would probably be best to take it to the dealership to have it looked at under warranty. It sounds like there may...

Q: Can a mechanic tell damages that were inflicted by a car accident apart from usual wear and tear?

The best answer is yes. I would be able to tell since a part damaged from wear and tear will be worn and not bent or broken. If you are worried about the repairs then have more than one estimate...

Q: Installing a backup camera

Hello. If you do not want the warranty voided or extra charges after the lease is up then make sure you only get a surface mount system and do not let any holes be drilled in the car for the...

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...
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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...