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Hi Andy & Camelopardis,
The worst thing is, I don't know if the 80mph judder happened before or after I had the 4 new tyres put on, as I always used to keep to about 70mph, so it was only when I had to go upto 80mpg to overtake one day, when I first noticed the vibration.
I know you're all only trying to be helpful when advising about the tracking and I'm really grateful, but I'm sceptical it's just to do wiht the tracking, as...
...Last week, when the Renault specialist put new front and rear brake discs and pads on plus the new rear caliper, they also replaced the steering rack including track rod ends and also replaced the rear anti roll bar bushes and also replaced the buckled wheel with a new one, then they supposedly did the tracking at the nearby tyre specialist (Tyre Mountain of Stockport - not a high street type).
I've had a very familiar relationship with tracking:
a) I had new rear tyres put on in January and had all 4 wheels aligned (at National)
b) Got 2 new front tyres put on in March and again had all 4 tyres tracked, at which time HiQ told me I was lucky I had got the tracking done as it was "way off"
c) So I thought that the new brakes, new steering, new anti roll bar bushes and the new wheel to replace the buckled n/s/f wheel, would solve the shudder at 80mph, but no luck.
The Renault specialist has only mentioned that they've had the front wheels tracked after the recent work they completed, so I'll ask them to make sure all 4 wheels are done then report back to you all.
It's just staggering, if it's caused by the tracking, that the Renault specialist didn't make sure all 4 wheels were aligned. But then again, maybe they did and the problem is something more sinister. Hope not, as I love my Vel Satis, but it's starting to bankrupt me! Sob...
Cheers again everyone,