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If your steering wheel is vibrating do you need an alignment?

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2015-07-16 18:04:13
2015-07-16 18:04:13

Your wheels could be out of alignment; however, it is probably your wheels are out of balance. I would have this checked and repaired, if it is not fixed this will cause your tires too wear faster.

Worn Parts like a radius arm bushing , wheel bearings , or even upper or lower ball joints can cause a shaking in your front end.

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If it is vibrating on the steering wheel, you may need an alignment. If it is vibrating at the tire area you may have a bent wheel or need to have your tires check, take it to any tire shop and they can test. I had the same problem and it was a bent wheel.

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you probably need new wheel bareings and drums. those are the same symptons a corolla gave me and those were the problems.

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No. If there had previously not been any alignment issues, and as long as the new tires are properly balanced, you will not need an alignment.

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At least every 30,000 miles. If you let go of the wheel and your car veeres right or left. If you drive and your car and your steering wheel shakes, its not an alignment you need, you need your tires balanced


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