On a recent trip our, a 2007 Mazda 3 with 63,000 miles on it developed a vibration in the steering wheel. Sometimes we could feel a vibration in the floor too. And there is a noise very similar to what tires make when they have a lot of irregular wear on them. I would say it came on suddenly. I did not hit anything.
The front shock were replaced about 3 months ago. We got new tires about 6 weeks ago.( And it was like a new car again .) These tires were not cheap and we did not get them at one of those discount stores. The tires are low profile, the rims are nothing special- just what came on the car.
I took the car back to the place I had purchased the tires. They told me one of the rims was bent. They had put 3.5 ounces of weights and it still wobbled. My regular mechanic advised me to get the tires rotated first to see if the problem went away and to get a second opinion about the rim, so I did. The vibration problem seemed to go away after the tires were rotated, but the tire noise was still there.
Next I went to the place always go to for alignments. They checked the suspect wheel and said they could not "see’ that it was bent. They too put 3.5 ounce of weights on it, thirteen little square weights. Now the suspect rim is on the driver’s side rear instead of the driver’s side front. And the vibration is back.( And my car feels like an old clunker.)
What should I do?
Thanks to all who offer an opinion.