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I recently purchased a 06 Rover with 55K miles. I’ve noticed that it shimmies at highway speeds and pulls to the right. The dealer has balanced the tires twice and performed an alignment. Could there be something else causing this behavior?
 

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Has he actually alligned all four wheels? It really does need to be done on a proper laser rig: the old tape measure approach doesn't really cut it!
 

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The following TSB may apply to you ...

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No.: LTB00030

Issue: 1

Date: May 24, 2007

SECTION: 204-04 - WHEELS AND TIRES

Steering Wheel Vibration / Steering Shimmy

AFFECTED VEHICLE RANGE:
Range Rover (LM) VIN: 3A101029 to 5A198056
Range Rover Sport (LS) VIN: 6A900129 and up
THIS BULLETIN REPLACES LS204-009. A NUMBER OF CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE, INCLUDING ADDITION OF RANGE ROVER VEHICLES AND CHANGES TO SITUATION, REPAIR PROCEDURES AND PARTS. THIS IS A NEW BULLETIN. CHANGES FROM THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED DOCUMENT ARE NOT HIGHLIGHTED.

CONDITION SUMMARY:

STEERING WHEEL VIBRATION / STEERING SHIMMY

Situation:
A customer may report a concern that the steering wheel vibrates in a side to side motion or shimmy when the vehicle is traveling at 50-70 mph (80-112 kph). This situation is more noticeable when 20 inch alloy wheels are installed. Tire flat spots, wheel assembly balance or tire radial force variation can lead to this situation.

Action:
Should a customer express concern regarding the above, refer to the Repair Procedures detailed in this bulletin to resolve the concern.




PARTS

TOOLS:

Hunter 9700/9712 wheel balance machine




To ensure the wheel/tire assembly is balanced correctly, Land Rover recommends the use of a five fingered clamp to support the wheel/tire assembly on the balance machine. (Figure 1) Haweka 9700 hub to wheel adapter (Figure 2)




WARRANTY:

NOTE: Repair procedures are under constant review, and therefore times are subject to change; those quoted here must be taken as guidance only. Always refer to DDW to obtain the latest repair time.

NOTE: Steps 1 of the Repair Procedure are part of the Vehicle Preparation process. No claim should be initiated if the performance of these steps at initial vehicle preparation resolves the concern.

DDW requires the use of causal part numbers.

Labor only claims must show the causal part number with a quantity of zero.

REPAIR PROCEDURE

VEHICLE PREPARATION STEPS

NOTE: Step 1 of the procedure is part of the Vehicle Preparation process. No claim should be initiated if the performance of this step at initial vehicle preparation resolves the concern.

NOTE: Until flat-spots are removed, significant shimmy may be present, even if the car has only stood overnight. A test drive is required to ensure temporary tire flat spots are removed. For flat-spots from longer term stationary storage, a longer drive may be required. The test drive should be carried out on normal open roads to allow the highest speed that speed limits and road/traffic conditions allow.

1. If the vehicle is undergoing initial vehicle preparation, perform the following as part of the test drive:

^ Refer to the Vehicle Preparation Manual and adjust the tire pressures to the recommended cold tire pressures.

^ Drive the vehicle for at least 10 miles (15 km) before attempting to assess shimmy.

^ Assess the level of wheel vibration.


2. If a customer complaint is being resolved, perform the following:

^ Adjust the tire pressures to the recommended cold tire pressures.

^ Drive the vehicle for at least 10 miles (15 km) before attempting to assess shimmy.

^ Assess the level of wheel vibration.


3. If the level of steering vibration is considered acceptable, no further action is required.

4. If the levels of vibration remain unacceptable, perform the Balance Wheels section below.


BALANCE WHEELS AS REQUIRED

1. Raise vehicle on a lift immediately on return to the workshop, to avoid inducing further tire flat spots.

2. Remove all four road wheel and tire assemblies for balancing.

3. Inflate each tire to 36 psi (2.5 bar) +/- 1 psi (0.1 bar).

CAUTION: All 19 and 20 inch wheels used on Range Rover Sport vehicles must be balanced with adhesive balance weights in all locations whenever balancing is performed. 9J x 19 alloy wheel requiring balancing must only be fitted with adhesive balance weights on the inner surface of the wheel. Other types of weights will cause damage to the vehicle. Refer to Technical Bulletin RB039.

NOTE: For adhesive weights, use the attachment arm on the Hunter machine to ensure accurate weight positioning.





4. Refer to Figures 3, 4 and 5 for correct wheel fitting attachment to the balance machine and balance road wheel and tire assemblies until the residual imbalance dynamic is minimized:

^ Target is 0g on each plane; maximum is inner 5g, outer 5g.

^ Use the bulls-eye balancing mode to minimize residual imbalance.


5. If tire road force variation (RFV) measuring is available, the road wheel and tire assembly should aim for a maximum of:

60 Newton (6.1 kgf or 13.4 lbf) 1st harmonic RFV

100 Newton (10.2 kgf or 22.5 lbf) peak-to-peak.

6. If these levels cannot be achieved, perform the following:

^ Remove the tire.

^ Follow the match mounting procedure as detailed by the Hunter machine.

^ Mark the high point of 1st harmonic RFV on the tire (ideally also mark on the inside too, as a future reference).

^ Install the lowest 1st harmonic RFV units to the front.

^ Print out the results of balance and force variation before and after, and attach to repair order.

NOTE: If RFV equipment is not available and the tire has not been removed from the wheel and the RFV spot (red dot) is still visible this, should be installed at the bottom.

7. Mark the high-point of RFV.

NOTE: Nothing should be used to brace the wheel while tightening the nuts as this can disturb the match mounting.





8. Install all four road wheel and tire assemblies with the RFV high point at the bottom. (Figure 6).

9. Tighten the wheel nuts to a snug "finger tight" condition with no wobble between the wheel and the mounting surface.

10. Lower the vehicle partially so that a light to moderate load is placed on the wheel assemblies.

11. Tighten wheel nuts to 140 Nm (103 lbf-ft).

12. Completely lower the vehicle and verify tire pressures are at recommended settings.

13. Drive the vehicle for approximately 5 miles (7 km) carried out on normal roads and up to speeds of approximately 50 mph (80 kph) and assess the level of steering wheel vibration.

NOTE: All prior Repair Procedure steps must be completed before replacing the steering gear assembly. Replacement racks are obtained via the FRED procedure and require submission of wheel balance data.

NOTE: Global Technical Reference (GTR) lookup sequence is as follows:

GTR Home> NAS > Service Information / LS - Range Rover Sport/2006> Workshop Manuals> Bookmark "Chassis/Steering System/211-02: Power Power Steering" Link Removal and Installation Steering Gear - 4.2L vehicles with Supercharger (57.10.01) or Steering Gear - 4.4L (57.10.01)

OR

GTR Home> NAS > Service Information / LM - Range Rover/2005 > Workshop Manuals> Range Rover Workshop Manual Service Procedures> Bookmark "57 Steering" Link "57.10.01 Power Steering Rack - Left Hand Drive V8"

14. If the levels of vibration remain unacceptable, refer to GTR section 57.10.01 and replace the steering gear assembly following the FRED procedure to obtain the correct replacement component listed in this bulletin.
 
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