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Got a ford galaxy 2004 auto vibration at 45 to50 under

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hi got a ford galaxy 2004 auto vibration at 45 to50 under load
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.
Hello Typically a vibration in this speed range is down to the wheel / tyres being out of balance, so it can easily be resolved by any tyre retailierHowever the vibration could also be the following Tyre defect - any cracks or bulges on the side-wall of the tyre (inside and outside) these will throw the tyre out of shape and produce vibration - take a good look over the tyre sidewalls and bear in mind that anything that looks suspect when static will probably be ballooning out and far worse at speed so if any doubt then replace the tyre. Also check if the tyres have been fitted the right way round as some types are directional One other thing to check for which isn't covered by a balance check is out of round or bent wheels, if you use a dial gauge on the axle to measure the run out on the wheel rim this will ensure that the wheels are round and true Worn suspension joints - jack the car up so the wheel is off the ground (you’ll need to do this for all 4 corners) and shake the tyre from top to bottom and from side to side (with someone holding the steering wheel on the front) there should be no play in either direction. Any play in 1 direction will usually require a joint to be replaced, if there’s play in both directions then the wheel bearing may be atfault. If theres play only up and down its the strut top mount - to find thisone you have to shake the suspension strut it self up and down with the wheel off the ground - so you may need to remove the wheel to check this one.Now with the car jacked up on that side with the wheel about 2 inches off the ground use a steelbar under the wheel and lever the wheel up and down slightly, you should be able to look at the end of the axle and see if the suspension arm is moving upand down separately to the axle.If so replace the bush Worn mountings -check the tightness of the engine and gearbox mounts and their condition - thisis best done by using a jack to take the weight of the engine off the mounts and seeing if any cracks or splits open up in the rubber. Also check the tightness of the mounts bolts Broken or defective driveshaft vibration damper - some models feature a rubber mass about halfway along the driveshaft - this functions as a vibration damper so 'tuningout' vibration - the rubber needs to be not cracked and the damper firmly fixed to the shaft and running true -anything other than this and the entire shaft will have to be replaced as they are bonded in place
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.
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