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Three Reasons For Steering Wheel Shakes

A shaking steering wheel is an annoying experience and may easily wreck your plans for the day. One may be wondering what the cause may be, but once you get that jerking feeling from your steering wheel, this could mean that there are specific issues that may require immediate attention.

The steering wheel connects the driver to the car so it would be the first thing to show signals of a dysfunction. Shakes and jerking can occur occasionally, but once it becomes a reoccurring situation, it becomes a thing of concern and worry. 

The steering wheel connects the driver to the car so it would be the first thing to show signals of a dysfunction. Shakes and jerking can occur occasionally, but once it becomes a reoccurring situation, it becomes a thing of concern and worry.


Here are three reasons for steering shakes:

1.    The first reason to cause a shake in the steering wheel is related to the tires. Once the tires lose balance, this can cause the steering wheel to shake. This particular shaking begins to occur at 50mph and becomes worse at 60mph, but once the car is at high speed, the steering settles. This is a clear sign of an unbalanced tire. Anytime you get new rims, make sure the tires are balanced to distribute the load on the wheel evenly. The big parts of the rim are matched with the light parts of your tire to give it that fitting while to further make the tire balanced, counterweights are added.  The issue of an unbalanced wheel is regular among new cars because of the design of their suspensions so if you own a new car, always make sure to check your tires.

2.    Misalignment: This error is a significant cause of steering wheel shake and affects your tires and deals with wrong wheel positioning and your car’s suspensions. This usually happens to frequently driven cars and infrequently driven cars after several years.  This issue can be made to come later rather than sooner by driving with caution on rough roads, dodging potholes, and driving within the car speed limit. You can check your tires to confirm if they’re going through this issue. The misaligned tire would have rough edges covered almost in threads.

3.    Another known problem is that of the out of round brake rotors and bad brake calipers with bad wheel bearings. If there’s a shake while applying the brakes, your brake rotor has become out of shape and faulty and would require a change. Having a defective brake is another cause of jerking in the steering wheel and would need changing the damaged brake parts. When the brake calipers stick on while driving, the steering would also shake, and there would be a burning odor. The axle of a car can also be another reason for steering wheel shake when it’s bent or damaged. The wheel hub bearings can also cause vibrations in the steering when they are broken. Because of their work in the car, if they’re not working perfectly this would lead to a jerking steering connected to the drive shaft.

All these and more, are reasons for your steering wheel to shake. Detecting this issue early enough is very important as it points out a problem that can lead to your car’s total breakdown. Take out time to examine all parts of your vehicle’s system before taking it out for a ride.