I have been having lots of noise and vibrations at high speed. I took to the dealer (VW) and was told it was because of flat spots on my tires. Its a front wheel drive.

My threads are in pretty good condition. They can easily go 10k miles more.

Does the flat spots create any problems elsewhere in the vehicle? Should I replace the tires ASAP?

Also could there be other reasons why this noise and vibrations happen?

Adding a video so everyone will have better idea.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjMFzi_xmPk


There are a few possible things which could cause vibrations:

  1. When breaking hard, your discs could take up some heat and get warped, great article could be found here.
  2. Bad geometry could cause vibrations + uneven tyre wear (flat spots maybe?), see related article.
  3. Check wheel balancing, article here.

I would recommend to check these first, there are couple more issues but these are the most common, which could possibly fix your problem.


  • 1
    Thanks. I do notice that between 15-20mph (speeding up or down), the vibrations are the most. May be point 2 applies. I don't think there is vibrations while breaking. I had wheel rotation a couple month back. I don't know if it included balancing. But this advice certainly helped.
    – Hardy
    Apr 4 '14 at 17:03
  • Also, can wheel alignment have a case in this.
    – Hardy
    Apr 4 '14 at 17:04
  • Geometry=wheel alignment, yop this could be it, going through potholes/bumps could scatter wheel alignment.
    – Mustafa105
    Apr 6 '14 at 9:26
  • Thanks, Please check out the video link I attached to the ques.
    – Hardy
    Apr 9 '14 at 18:25

Firstly discs do not warp.Pads contain metal that deposit on rotor so when measured in a number of places it is assumed the disc is warped.Check balance weights on rim have not fallen off.Jack up front wheels one at a time;grasp tyre each side of centre and pull to and away from you.Any noise or movement may indicate that tension on bearings is incorrect

  • Thanks, Please check out the video link I attached to the ques.
    – Hardy
    Apr 9 '14 at 18:26

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