A Shaking Steering Wheel: Do You Need to Worry?

A Shaking Steering Wheel: Do You Need to Worry?

Waking up to a shaking steering wheel can drive you to a frenzy and ruin what is left of your morning. This is never what you look forward to.

But what does it really mean?

A shaking steering wheel can be one of the symptoms of another problem that needs attention. Don’t wish it away because it will not and may only worsen the situation and put yourself at risk.

Reasons for a Shaking Steering Wheel

  • Worn-out wheel bearings or suspension components can cause a shaking wheel. Often, the shaking happens immediately when you start the engine and pull off. A worn-out tie rod or ball joint is more common in older vehicles.
  • But if the shaking speed is higher, it’s mostly an issue with the wheel or tire balancing.
  • Wheels out of alignment will send vibrations to the steering wheel when driving at 50 miles an hour or faster. But the shaking may reduce when cruising at very high speeds and sometimes become unnoticeable.
  • Check whether your tires are well inflated and that you don’t have a flat. These two issues will cause an imbalance and shaking.
  • But if it only happens when braking, the issue is in the brake rotors. Your rotors are out of round, or they have started to wear out and warp. In such a case, the shaking will also be in the brake pedal.
  • Shaking that appears after the installation of new brakes indicates a poorly done installation of the rotors. Take the vehicle to your mechanic as soon as possible.

Every so often, the issues that cause a shaking steering wheel require a professional mechanic to look into them. Contact us at A1 Performance Auto Repair today, and we will make sure the problem causing the shaking is solved and the vehicle stays on the road.

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