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Why does my steering wheel shake when I drive?

By Product Expert | Posted in Q&A, Tips and Tricks on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 10:00 pm
Man with his hands on a steering wheel

Changes in your vehicle’s handling and ride performance can signal trouble under the hood. If you experience differences in your performance like a shaking steering wheel while driving at high speeds or shaking when braking that wasn’t there before, it’s time to head to your trusted service center for a tune-up. What’s causing the shaking? We outline 2 of the most common causes of steering wheel vibrations and shaking below.

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2 Common Causes of Steering Wheel Vibration or Shaking

Unbalanced Tires or Misalignment

If your steering wheel is shaking during driving, and in particular when you are driving at certain speeds, the likely culprit is tires that are unbalanced or misaligned. Sudden changes in tire balance or misalignment are most closeup of a woman with her hands on a steering wheelcommonly caused by your vehicle hitting something like a curb or a large pothole. If you think it’s possible that your tires are unbalanced or misaligned, bring your vehicle into your local service center for a quick adjustment. Your service technicians can also check for proper balance and alignment at your regular service appointments.

Worn Brake Rotors, Pads, or Calipers

If your steering wheel shakes or your vehicle pulls to the side during braking, a worn part in your braking system is likely to blame. Worn rotors, brake pads, and calipers can all cause a shaking steering wheel. If you do notice that your steering wheel or your brake pedal is shaking during the braking process, it’s important that you head to your local service center ASAP. Worn brake parts can inhibit your ability to brake safely and they need to be addressed right away.

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While unbalanced tires or a worn braking system are the two most common reasons for a shaking steering wheel, other vehicle malfunctions could be to blame. Work with your local service center to diagnose and treat the specific problems in your vehicle.

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