How do I correct a wobbling wheel? Set a small jack stand on the floor beside a left front wheel. Slowly rotated the wheel.. There was greater than 1/4 inch where the tire rubbed the stand and it's greatest distance from the from the stand. Other side less than 1/8 difference. Think I have eliminated loose or worn spindle and loose wheel bearing as cause. It definitely appears to be in the wheel. How can I correct?
Sounds OK to me. 1/4" in a wood wheel at under 35 MPH is a don't care.
I wish all mine were 1/4 or less!
I have been kidded about wheel wobbles for years. I don't worry about them. A quarter inch is getting out there, but not bad. I have, and know several others that have, driven many miles in speedsters at over 65mph with that much wheel wobble. No problems.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
The wobble was probably built into the wheel at the time the spokes were installed. It started to happen to my wheel as I was respoking it when the hub started going down crooked during the teepee stage. I ended up having to start over and learned to adjust and twist each spoke with each turn of the nut until the teepee was was down enough that the spokes could no longer be moved and by that point, the hub was straight and ready to be tightened all the way. In the videos I've seen of the spokes being installed at the factory, there is no time to adjust each spoke and if the hub goes down crooked, too bad, so sad. The line keeps moving and the wheel is installed. Jim Patrick
1/4" runout is not a big deal.
Don't use the tire as a reference when checking for wobble/run-out. The tire may have its own variations that have nothing to do with wheel wobble.
Use the the rim as the reference.
If you are dealing with a wood felloe, non-demountable wheel, it is possible to do some fine tuning to true up the wheel. It involves moving the felloe in or out in relationship to the rim. If this is the case, let me know and I can provide links to relevant threads regarding how to true up wood felloe wheels (I have done this procedure it in the past).
If you have demountable rims and the run-out is severe, try switching rims the among the wheels (example, put the rim that is currently on the left wheel on the right wheel and vice versa). Also, I have never done this, but my dad has mentioned putting shims between the rim and the felloe at the bolts closest to the offending areas.
Only measure at the rim, not on the tire. One quarter of an inch is not too bad, but it is best to get it down to 1/8 inch if you can. You can loosen the six bolts at the hub and use a babbit or rubber hammer to correct (or improve) the run out. Once it is down to 1/8 inch then retighten the bolts. If you are lucky it will not revert to a worse run out.
1/4" is OK as long as it an otherwise tight wheel. Crooked wheels are why fenders were invented. Just remember that on a fenderless speedster the straightest wheel goes on the right front so the passenger doesn't get too worried.
Erik, I have put washers between the felloe and rim tabs to get rid of some wobble. The right front wheel on my coupe has quite a bit of run out when looking at the felloe. All of the spokes are new and are tight against the hub flange. I wonder if some hubs may be bent.
I have one on which the hub might be slightly bent. I rotated the spokes on the hub and the wheel runs straight.
Does your steering wheel shake while you drive? If so you have a problem. If not, and the spokes are tight on the hub, don't worry about it.
I had a wobble in the front wheel of my fenderless speedster. I bothered me to watch it so I fixed it. I swapped it with a rear wheel.
Can you loosen (and possibly replace) the hub bolts and by pushing on the "high" side straighten the wheel?