Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Cambridge, England
Steering judder after wheel end swap
Last weekend, to even out tyre wear, I swapped the front wheels and the rear wheels around on my 145QV. I just swapped ends (front to back and vice-versa) not sides (left to right and vice-versa) as recommended in the owners manual. I tightened the wheelbolts to 98Nm with a torque wrench also as mentioned in the owners manual/workshop manual. Since I did it I have had judder through the steering wheel at high (>80mph) speeds.
The tyres are Pirelli P6000s with around 10,000 miles on them and this is the first time they were swapped. The fronts (now on the rear) had the normal wear pattern on the insides due to the camber. The rears (now on the front) had even wear. Left and right sides were fairly even except the right front (now the right rear) had slightly (0.5 - 1mm) less wear than the left front (now the left rear).
Now some questions:
- Is this behaviour expected in this situation?
- Will the juddering reduce as the front tyres bed in to their regular wear pattern?
- Do the wheel bolts self-centre or is it possible I have slightly offset a wheel from centre which is causing the juddering?
- Anything I can do to fix it?
I'm quite keen on sorting this out quickly as I'm driving to Le Mans this weekend and I'm looking forward to a nice autoroute blast!
Thanks for your help.
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