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Front wheel vibrates briefly but frequently while driving

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Jul 9, 2021, 4:46 AM

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Front wheel vibrates briefly but frequently while driving Sign In

Here's my car:

2014 Chrysler 300C 5.7 v8 AWD with 81K miles

I just bought this car and it's been doing it since I bought it. While driving on a straight stretch of road, the front-right "wheel" vibrates occasionally. When it does it, it happens for only a few seconds then stops and rides smoothly. But it keeps happening. So, I'm driving and I get this vibration for a few seconds, then it stops, then it repeats shortly after.

When it vibrates, it feels similar to when your tire hits the grooves on the shoulder of a highway, except not nearly as strong. At first, I thought I was just running over things, but it happens on newly paved road as well as older roads.

I put "wheel" in quotes, because I'm not sure if the problem is with the wheel itself or something related to it.

Here are some facts about it that I've noticed:

1. It's always front-right and feels like it's the wheel or where it connects.

2. It's not rhythmic. It doesn't happen predictably, just frequently.

3. It varies how long it vibrates and subtly how it feels, but is always short and not heavy.

4. My steering wheel does NOT vibrate or shake.

5. It's always when my foot is on the gas, even a little.

6. Taking my foot off the gas makes it stop.

That's all I can think of. Does anyone have any clue as to what could be causing this?

Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 9, 2021, 5:17 AM

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Re: Front wheel vibrates briefly but frequently while driving Sign In

Hmmm? AWD, there's a lot going on to do that. #1 is don't let this go till found it could be very unsafe.
Some things to check are wheels are tight! All of them tightened to spec. Most cars you can see thru wheels if you see a rotor a different color or that wheel with ash or something pay attention to that one.

Brakes, bearings driveshaft joints all thru these.
It can do it without provocation as per YOU, I take that not using brakes, steering or just corners, bumps or other for now leaves something that is binding up somehow somewhere that moves with drivetrain is a lot, don't even rule out tires!

If you don't see something quickly to fix IMO this needs help to find before it's a disaster.
(edit in addition) #6 you said this ">6. Taking my foot off the gas makes it stop.<" That's a clue by itself to help IDK how hard you mean but this is powerful so any mounts also on the long list...


(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Jul 9, 2021, 5:21 AM)

Hammer Time
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Jul 9, 2021, 6:02 PM

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Re: Front wheel vibrates briefly but frequently while driving Sign In

You should have the suspension checked thoroughly. Any worn steering components can make it act like that.


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