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Old 02-10-2014, 11:49 PM
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FYI If you experience sudden-onset highway vibrations, check for missing wheel weight

EDIT: My full subject got clipped -- it's missing one word from the end -- WEIGHT . Thanks, uberwasser, for pointing that out.

I'm clipping along at 70 in the Buick. All of a sudden, my smooth ride transitions to lots of unpleasant shaking.

I drive it again today through wet roads and then only afterward research the issue and conclude that I probably lost a wheel weight (tires look good, it was sudden, and I don't sense it at lower speeds).

If that isn't easy enough, I read that the missing wheel weight should leave a clean mark at the point that it was attached so that replacing it would be a charm.

I go out to the car.

The wheels are covered in salty junk from this morning. No marks for me.

Rrrrgh.

Consider yourself warned.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:57 PM
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Missing wheel???

Oh, missing wheel WEIGHT.

Yes that's a handy tip and much less scary.
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:06 AM
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Argh, part of my subject got clipped out.

It does make it more ominous, though .
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:52 AM
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Argh, part of my subject got clipped out.

It does make it more ominous, though .
It got my interest up anyway

Usually its the stick on weights that fall off but the older style that goes around the wheel lip come off too.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:21 AM
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:26 AM
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:54 AM
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:56 AM
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You're the kind of guy who would fix a disabled EGR, aren't you?
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