What would cause the steering wheel to shake when braking?
When was the last time you had brake work done? It sounds like the brake rotors cannot dissipate the heat from the heavy braking. If they overheat they can temporarily warp until they cool back down. I see this typically on rotors that were machined (sometimes still within acceptable limits) or from poor quality rotors.
Check the tie rod ends for wear. Have a friend rock the steering wheel side to side in the center and listen for a thunking or slapping noise at the rear of the front tires. Jack up the car in front and rock the wheel side to side (hands at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock) and check for looseness.
One or possibly both of the brake rotors are out of wack and you need to replace them. I had the same problem on my 97 accord. I replaced the passenger side rotor and car is running and braking just fine.
Warped rotors. Get them lathed (Sp?) and don't forget new pads. If you leave the old pads on they'll wear grooves into the new(er) rotors thus making their life shorter and the problem re-arising.
A garage that my cousin had taken his '94 Buick Century to listed that it needed front struts, upper strut mount plates and inner tie rods. But after seeing these other answers here and helpful answers in other auto forums while researching in the mid part of April, 2005, my suspicions were confirmed that the shaking-only-when-braking on his car was caused by front brake rotor warpage (Although, later on, he also started to notice that when he put one finger on the steering wheel while cruising without braking, there was a very slight vibratory movement of the steering wheel...which I had summed up to just commonly being the brake pads resting lightly against the rotors even when no pressure is applied since rotor calipers do not have any type of return spring which would pull the brakes away any further). So just recently (4-21-05), against the "professional's" conclusions and $500.00 estimate (who had listed almost everything else but rotors as the cause), I put on all new front rotors and brakes (a total of about $51.00) and the car then braked beautifully with no vibration whatsoever. Vullin
You may need a wheel alignment, or you may need bushings. Read More
Many things can cause the steering wheel to shake when you are driving. However, the most common cause of steering wheel shaking is a bent wheel. Read More
You found out that your pads were replaced but not your rotors you then got new rotors but kept the same pads that were still good However the steering wheel shakes at times What do you do?
Does the steering wheel shake worse when you step on the brakes? If braking does not cause the steering wheel shaking you probably just have an out of balance wheel, a bent rim or a faulty tire. Read More
Only if you are braking at the time. A more likely cause is a failing CV joint or a worn ball joint. Read More
Yes, it is possible. Any loose/worn front end part can cause steering wheel to shake. Read More
if it happens when braking, check the stabilizer bolts. both mine were broken Read More
You rotors are warped and will need replaced/resurfaced. Read More
Not the steering wheel shake itself, however what is causing the steering wheel shake, can certainly be extremely dangerous and potentially cause you to lose control of the vehicle. **GET IT CHECKED OUT BEFORE THAT HAPPENS** Read More
How do you fix the vibration at high speed and its steering wheel shake when braking just at high speed?
This can be a warped rotor or tire out of balance. If it only happens when braking it is a warped rotor. Read More
You have a warped rotor. Brake pads need replacing and the rotors turned or replaced. Read More
What make the steering wheel shake is the tires that need wheel balance. Read More
Bad tire, wheel, bearing, steering component,.............. Read More
you loose control of steering cause your steering wheel locks up Read More
Any number of things can cause a steering wheel to shake back and forth. It could be a bad wheel bearing indicating a wheel is about to fall off. It could be a bad tire or bushing. Without checking it out personally, I can't tell. Read More
Why does your steering wheel shake around 40mph The rotorsbrakes are new. Steering wheel vibrates left to right a little bw 40-45mph. Also vibrates a tad when initially braking. Any ideas?
If it shakes all the time it is a tire/wheel problem. If it only shakes when braking then it is a brake problem. Read More
"BY" it, no. Frozen to the wheel, certainly. Read More
Probably warped brake rotors. They can be removed and resurfaced or replaced with new ones. Read More
Yes, a warped rotor or caliber that is grabbing can cause this especially when braking. The most common cause of steering wheel shake is a tire out of balance. Have your tires balanced and brake system inspected. A sticking caliper can cause a rotor to overheat and warp. Once that occurs, the warped rotor can definitely contribute to problems with steering vibration. But as the previous answer suggests, you should also check for problems with… Read More
Tire out of balance, bent wheel, or if it vibrates only when braking you have a warped rotor. Read More
u got a warped rotor or rotors Read More
ur fat ass.... Read More
Be sure to check suspension components. Namely the tie-rods... Read More
If other things vibrate as well as the steering wheel you might have a damaged motor/transmission mount. Read More
If it varies with driving speed, look for an out-of-round tire. If it vibrates only when braking, you probably have a warped brake rotor. Read More
Sounds like the wheels need re-balancing - that would cause the vehicle to 'pull' to one side during braking. Read More
If steering wheel shakes above 60 mph AND while braking does that mean it needs both a tire balance and rotors?
Probably i would go for wheel balance and maybe check your wheel bearings rotors will not make it shake because of speed Read More
Poor wheel alignment. Might want to take it in to get realigned. Read More
Yes A VERY common concern is steering wheel shake due to ice in the rims Read More
Tire out of balance, bent wheel, defect in the tire, or worn suspension parts. Read More
Many things can cause steering shake. Wheels out of balance. ( including rear wheels ) Tryes out of round. Worn steering components. Worn suspension components. Even loose wheel nuts/bolts. Get it checked out for safetys sake. Read More
There are a small number of things that can cause the steering wheel to shake, and none of them are anything to ignore. A bent rim, a damaged tire, a loose tie rod end, and at a minimum - an imbalanced tire/wheel. You need to have this checked at a garage. Read More
You possibly have warped brake rotors on the front. Or Bad Wheel Bearings. Read More
im guessing it has something to do with velocity and road conditions. yet again, if i'd imagine that a steering wheel shouldn't shake.... that can't be good. Read More
Tire out of balance, bent wheel, loose lug nuts, worn out wheel bearing, defect in the tire, or steering part worn. Read More
At low speed: Damaged or failed tire, bent wheel, damaged brake, damaged axle. Dangerous failure of a wheel bearing. At high speed generally a wheel balanace problem. While braking a bent or warped brake component. Read More
4 time ASE certified tech here, warped front brake rotors will make your brake pedal pulsate and steering wheel shake when braking. most noticed when moderate braking at 40 - 50 mph. Read More
You need an alignment. Read More
Low steering fluid can cause a steering wheel to whine when turning. A worn steering belt can also cause a steering wheel to whine when a car is being turned. Read More
it depends if you have a steering wheel than when you jump you shake the steering wheel or if you have a gamecube controller you press the plus control pad and if you have a wii remot with nunchuck you shake the wii remote Read More
Your AC should have NOTHING to do with your barking system, as it is not tied into the vacuum of the engine. If your wheel shakes under braking, then you need to replace your rotors and pads. Read More