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2500 HD Vibration

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Favatts, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. Favatts

    Favatts Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 42

    I was wondering if anybody had any insight on this.
    About 2 months ago I noticed some vibration in my 04 2500 HD with 30,000 miles on it. I took it to my Chevy dealer and they said I had "excessive road force" on 2 of my tires. The tires are BF Goodrich all terrains that are 1 year and 10 months old with 20,000 miles on them. I found it hard to believe that all of a sudden after that long the tires went bad. But I went with it and went to the place that I got my tires from and got 4 new tires prorated under warranty. Just as I expected the vibration was still there with the new tires. So I took it back to the Chevy dealer to it it checked out again and they said they could not find anything wrong with the truck but 2 of the new tires have excessive road force. They told me that the limit for road force is 30 and one of my tires was 79 and the other one was a 55. Is it possible that I got 2 bad tires again or are they missing something. As a note I find the worst vibration around 45 mph.
  2. joe b

    joe b Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I've had new tires toss balance weights. also the plasic caps come loose.
    Even a bad shock can make a tire bounce like a basketball.
    good luck
  3. corkireland

    corkireland Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I had a similar situation on my little sonoma highrider with the bfgoodrich AT with similar mileage. When I went to trade it in, the dealer had to replace them for that reason. I guess the only way to check it would be to get a different set of tires, brand and all to see if it really is the tires. or... try another dealer to see if they can find something else wrong with it.

  4. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 688

    WTF is excessive road force? I've had dozens of Chevy's and never heard of that one. Dealer would be buyin' me a set of tires if I spent the money to have th eprob fixed & it didn't.
  5. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    I think the dealer has to much stroke force:D .
    It doesnt seem possible to have the problem again after changing the tires. If you dont have 100% confidence in the dealer , i would try another opinion.


    -try changing tires around and see if the vibration changes
    -double check u-joints
    -visually inspect drive shafts for dents or bends
    -steering stabilizer
    -wheel bearing? doubtful at 30k miles.

    good luck
  6. Favatts

    Favatts Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 42

    Excessive road force means the tire is out of round.
    An update, I went to the tire dealer and got the 2 bad tires replaced again with new ones and it still did not help. There is something wrong with the truck, just need to find out. Any idea's?
    Thanks in advance.......Favatts
  7. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Try the options i listed , I believe it could be one of them.
  8. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Are you feeling the vibration in the seat, or in the steering wheel?
  9. Brothers

    Brothers Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 25


    my 03 3500 had a bad shake/vibration at the same speed .. i had 10 000 km ... my shake was in the wheel ...stoopid dealer said same thing..bad tire... turned out i had a bad bearing front left .. :cry:
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2006
  10. Favatts

    Favatts Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 42

    I am feeling it the most in the seat. But i also feel it in the steering wheel.
  11. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    Could be the notorious wheel bearings in the truck. Or it could just be the ****** stock shocks.
  12. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    If the dealer was any good they would have swapped tires and rims from a different truck to 100% sure. I had a dealer do that on a car for me. Every one before said it was my aftermarket rims and tires.:realmad: Ended up being a tail shaft bearing.
  13. kuryssnow5

    kuryssnow5 Member
    Messages: 39

    Excessive road wear??? i have never heard of something like that. The two tire they are talking about that are wore are they the front or rear?
    If you feeling it in the seat get under the truck and check out the u-joints on the drive shaft. i have an o1 2500hd and i have replaced the u-joint 2 or 3 times in 2.5 years. also if you feeling something in the steering wheel check the tie rods and ball joints. i also had to replace the inner tie rod on the pass. side of my truck also last year.
    Also if I were you i would try to find a good mechanic other than the dealer, i think the the dealer can drag things out and also over chage you.
    it is alway good to get second opinions
  14. SpruceLandscape

    SpruceLandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    I had 2 different kinds of vibrations in my 05 2500HD within the first 15000 miles. One in the steering wheel (felt like a bad shock) especially when making a turn, ended up being a common problem on the steering shaft. Dealer installed a new grease fitting or something under warranty and that took care of it. Second vibration I felt was a speed not RPM related vibration in the drivetrain somewhere. If memory serves me right, it came in right around 40mph I think. Dealer(s) screwed me around on that problem for about 5 months saying that it was an exhaust vibration until I finally decided just to trade the truck in. I checked everything I could under that truck and suspect it was probably a U joint or problem with the trans. I also had my brake booster replaced after only 2500 miles on that truck due to it leaking and almost having my brakes fail while getting off the freeway one day. I've always been a Chevy guy, but I don't know if I'll ever buy a new one again. Maybe stick with the older ones if I buy another.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2006
  15. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    SPruce Is 150 percent right.I had a nasty vibration in my 2004 chevy 1500 when I would get up to around 40 or 50 I felt it in the steering wheel alot and the seat a little.I took it in it was the u joints no more vibration.