Why Is My Car Steering Wheel Shaking?

Why Is My Car Steering Wheel Shaking?

A shaking car steering wheel should never be ignored, as it may be an indication of a more serious issue and should be investigated promptly. A shaking steering wheel is not only irritating but also dangerous and is something that could be potentially caused by multiple parts. It may be a result of a minor cause that will simply make the drive unpleasant for the driver; however, there are a number of other issues highly associated with a shaking steering wheel – one of the most common of are tyre problems.

Tyres & Wheels

If you are experiencing a shaking steering wheel, there a couple of simple checks which can be performed at home. The first is to visually inspect all tyres and then ensure they are all correctly inflated – this can be done at home using a car tyre inflator or at any number of fuel stations, failing this, go to your local garage. Having checked the pressure, it is a good idea to inspect the tyre tread to check that it is wearing evenly, whilst also looking out for visible signs of damage such as a bulging or a flat tyre (a punctured tyre will deflate again following inflation with a pressure pump).

Wheel Alignment

Wheel misalignment can cause uneven wear to the tyres and a shaking steering wheel – this can easily occur due to kerbing, hitting deep potholes or driving over speed bumps too quickly. Wheel alignment can be rectified at a local garage and is easily identifiable by the uneven tread it causes to the tyres.

Unbalanced Wheels

The weight of the wheels of the tyre should be evenly distributed between all four tires, if one of the tyres is unbalanced this may cause vibration at certain speeds. Balancing is achieved by fixing small weights onto the wheels to make sure they weigh the same. When the wheels are not balanced, steering shaking may become more noticeable when driving at higher speeds such as on the motorway. This issue is more common with newer and low-profile cars as these often have lightweight suspension.

Wheel Hub Bearings

If the wheel hub bearings are worn and in need of replacement, this can cause shaking as the steering wheel is turned. In some cases, it may be that the bearings need lubrication or replacement.

Braking System Issues

If the steering wheel shakes when the brakes are applied, it is likely that there is a problem with the vehicle’s brake pads, discs or shocks. A local garage technician will be able to determine the exact cause of the problem and replace any worn parts.

Suspension Problems

If any of the parts of the suspension system are worn or damaged, this could impact the driveshaft and cause shaking.

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