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The 4 Main Causes of Steering Wheel Vibration

Annoyed by the steering wheel vibration while driving? Well, you are not alone! It’s one of the most common problems that drivers make complaints about. Sometimes, the steering wheel shakes at high speeds or it could be any time when the vehicle moves forward.

The Causes of Steering Wheel Vibration

Multiple vehicle components could be the culprit, and diagnosing the problem can be time-consuming. You can directly inspect the following parts to save time. Remember that ignoring the problem for a long time could result in premature wear and tear on various elements.

Misaligned tires

It’s one of the most common reasons for steering wheel vibration. The symptom of this problem is shaking of the wheels at around 50-50 mph and becoming worse at around 60 mph. However, it decreases when you speed up. The best way to avoid it is to check the tires regularly for the correct inflation and alignment.

Steering Wheel Shakes At High Speeds
Misaligned tires are one of the most common causes of wheel vibration.

Unbalanced wheels

Misaligned, damaged, and low-quality tires can lead to the imbalance of the wheels. When it happens, it causes excessive shaking of the steering wheels and sometimes the entire car! Low-profile tires with uneven treads are likely to be the culprit in most of the cases. However, a lightweight suspension system could be the reason too is the wheels have not been balanced with counterweights. What’s more troubling is that ignoring it will lead to damage to the struts, shocks, tread, and a number of other parts in the suspension and steering mechanism.

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Suspension issues

You can pinpoint the trouble on the suspension when the steering wheel shakes at high speeds or when you maintain a particular speed. Do a thorough inspection of the suspension system because such shaking normally occurs from corroded parts, worn out shocks, loose connections, and imbalance of the driveshaft.

Steering Wheel Vibration
So many problems can arise from the brake system!

Brake problems

Plenty of brake issues could cause the steering wheel vibration. If it shakes when you are slowing down the vehicle, you should check for bad brake discs, loose connections, damaged shocks, and worn brake pads. Obviously, there might be other brake problems that could create the symptoms. On the other hand, if the vibration arises at the time of pushing the brake pedal, you should look into the brake rotors. The brake caliper is another part to investigate when the steering wheel shakes at high speeds. The faster you drive, the worse the vibration will be and you will get a burning odor at the time of stopping the car.

One way of avoiding the vibration problem is to follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer. Especially, you should not delay when the brakes are due for a checkup.

6 thoughts on “The 4 Main Causes of Steering Wheel Vibration

  • October 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Its very useful information. However I would like to know the causative of body car shaking particularly when the glass Windows are half rolled down.

    Otherwise I want to know if there is a spare for a car key(ignition) especially the one with alerm.mine has been damaged to irreparably point.

  • October 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I have used a Honda partner for the last three year and have noticed they have ignition switch ihd to Change the 1st car after one year. Now my 2nd car the same model has the same problem now. What should I do now that it’s key not working.

  • October 5, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that from you and I can got know a lot from you. Please my car is Toyota cresta mode 1994.it have problems in back wheels to bend once you take four people. Where it can be problems because should I change my tire shot time

  • October 5, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I feel some vibration when I engage my reverse gear alone..what could it be?

  • October 6, 2017 at 4:13 am

    My car vibrates between 20 and 40. Vibration is felt while excelerating on the body and not the steering wheel.
    What should I check? X-trail 2001 model.

  • October 7, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Very educative stuff


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