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      11-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Need alignment after wheel swap? Or is it something else?

I had my winter wheels put on my car last week (just like I've done for the last 2 winters). They'e the same set I've used since 2010. Since then, whenever I drive over 65mph, the steering wheel shakes like crazy (mostly when driving in a straight line). The wheels are balanced and there's no snow/ice built up inside the barrels (not even cold enough for snow/ice yet). The steering does not shake below 65mph and the shaking all but disappears when driving through a curve (even at speed).

The steering wheel didn't shake at all prior to the wheel swap and it's never shaken in the past after swapping wheels. Do I need an alignment or does it sound like one of the wheels wasn't mounted flush?

Our roads are crap, so it wouldn't surprise me if I need an alignment. It would be surprising that the OEM set-up didn't shake the wheel (if an alignment is needed).

Any help would be appreciated.