What causes a shaky steering wheel?
Here are opinions and answers from contributors:
- Tires out of balance or the "bushings" (not sure the technical term) are worn in the steering system.
- It could be faulty steering dampers. This is a shock that crosses from left to right connecting to tie rod ends. The shock is very firm and you will not be able to actuate it by hand if working properly. usually causes left to right steering oscillation at low to mid speeds.
- Warped brake rotors for cars with front disk brakes. The rotor hits the caliper every tire rotation causing a small bump in the steering wheel each time.
- Your tires might need to be rotated and balanced.
- In my "94" Intrepid it was worn out rubber isolaters which the bolts on the rack & pinion steering mounted through on the firewall. It was noticed at speeds over 35mph & resulted in feeling a violent shaking of the front tires felt through the steering wheel.
- Check tires should be balanced, alingned or probably a bent front tire.
- Most of the time its only bad front tires now the one guy was right it can be bad brake rotors but what he didnt tell you is there is 2 things for that 1 is the steering wheel shaking when you are braking if so then you have warped rotors another thing when you brake does the car pull to the right or the left if so that will determine what rotor is bad and for but if it doesnt shake while braking that could mean your tires are cupped in the front or there not balanced properly.
- Depends when the wheel shakes. If it is during braking then your rotors are warped. If it is durinig normal driving then yes it could be bent rim, loose/worn suspension components. A balance problem is usually indicated by vibration in the vehicle not usually a shaky steering wheel. It may also be that the steering gear is badly worn which causes greater than normal spaces between the meshing parts.
- Out of balance wheels, bent rim, shifted belt in tire or other defect in tire including irregular wear (tire rotation under these conditions will on move the vibration felt), loose lug nuts, worn inner tie rod end bushings like mentioned on Chrysler product above, loose mounted or internal play in the rack and pinion steering gear. Wheel Alignment or Front end Alignment will not cause a vibration.
- CV joint could cause this.
- Or a bent rim, which balancing will not fix.
- Check the lug nuts on all your tires. That did it for me.
- Shaking could also occur from camber being ofset as well as all! The other answers given above.
- Just had the same thing and it turned out to be worn struts which had caused my tire to wear unevenly (flattening one side of the tire). That caused shimmy at higher speeds.
- Also try new CV boots or a driveshaft replacement
Tires out of balance, bent wheel, or worn suspension parts. Read More
Could be a wheel weight missing, a bad ball joint or a bad shock. Read More
It's possible, but there are other causes too. Alignment, shocks and front wheel bearings can all cause this. Read More
Probably wheel balance but I would also check out the front end suspension and steering components. A radial tire could have a separated belt also. Read More
Most like ly cause is a tire out of balance or bent wheel. Could also be the strut or a problem with the steering gera itself. I'm betting it in one or both of your front tires. Read More
try balancing the front wheels Read More
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Most likely cause is out of balance wheels. Get your wheels balanced by your garage or tyre specialist. Read More
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Tire out of balance, bent wheel, defect in tire, loose wheel bearing, worn suspension parts are common causes. Have the tires removed inspected and balanced. Have all other parts inspected. Although the wheels being out of balance is usually the main cause, sometimes the rubber bushing located on the steering column, located about halfway down the Coulomb becomes worn, and causes some play. If problem still exists after wheel balancing, check condition of rubber bushing… Read More
it could be a a couple of things your brake roters be warped due to overheating and sudden cooling off by driving thru water or it could be a worn tie-rod end a tie-rod problem would shake the steering wheel a roter problem would be felt with a shaking in the brake pedal. Read More
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the steering wheel wont make the front wheels make noise as there is no generating source from the steering wheel. it will be the other way around. Read More
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A shaking steering wheel means something is wrong. Can be a tire out of balance, bent wheel, or suspension problem. Whatever it is, the shaking it putting stress on other parts and can cause other things to wear out. It is especially hard on wheel bearings. have this diagnosed and repaired asap. Read More
My steering wheel was shakey and worse when I hit my brakes. If this is your situation, it's alright to drive, but you need to have your rotors turned. They tend to warp when they're hot and the water from the rain hits them over a period of time. Read More
Tire out of balance, bent wheel, drive shaft bent, loose or worn steering parts. Read More
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Could be worn ball joints, worn steering linkages, worn/out of adjustment steering box and or worn/out of adjustment wheel bearings. Read More
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Your power steering pump and or steering box may be about to give out on you. Read More
bad balancing, improper lug nut torque, that's if it wasnt there before Read More
Short in the wiring with the steering column. Read More
you need power steering fluid. Read More
Loose or worn steering parts, suspension worn, tires out of balance. Read More
Warped brake rotors cause shaky steering when braking. Your brake pads are designed to grip the rotor with equal power on both sides, which slows you down to a stop. If your rotor is warped, you get unequal pressure, and the affected wheel vibrates your steering wheel as it alternately releases and let go. You may be able to get your rotors resurfaced; they put them into a machine that takes the top layer of… Read More
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You may need a wheel alignment, or you may need bushings. Read More
At highway speed, tire out of balance or bent wheel. When stopping, warped rotor. Read More
balance your tires Read More
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Worn steering or suspension parts. This can be very dangerous, so have this repaired ASAP. Read More
Air trapped in power steering system. Common in Fords from that era. Read More
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Low on power steering fluid. Loose or missing drive belt. Faulty power steering pump. Faulty power steering box. Read More
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Excessive positive camber and caste on both the front and rear suspension are usually to blame for rapid steering wheel return and difficulty in steering. The force exerted by the caste or camber positively pulling can cause these problems. Read More
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Did it go left or right........ or straight ahead? It's usually the driver's interaction with the steering wheel that causes it. Read More