You’re driving along and your steering wheel starts to shake. Or, you step on the brakes to slow your vehicle so it will stop and your steering wheel shakes. Your steering wheel shouldn’t shake no matter what and it if is, one of the five things below could be wrong.
Brake System Problems
Your brake system can actually make your steering wheel shake when you use it. Each time you step on your brake pedal, the calipers use brake fluid to push the brake pads against the rotors. This is what slows down and stops your car, truck, or SUV. If any of these parts have an issue, your steering wheel might shake when you use the brakes. Your brake pedal may also shake.
Usually, a broken axle is caused by a serious automobile accident, but axles have been known to break on older vehicles. A broken axle or an issue with your vehicle’s driveshaft can cause the steering wheel to shake but in the case of the driveshaft, you won’t notice the shaking until you turn corners. The bottom line is you cannot continue to drive your vehicle with either broken.
Usually, engine trouble will make your entire car, truck, or SUV vibrate instead of just your steering wheel. This being said, you might feel the vibration in your steering wheel if the air or fuel filters are clogged, if the fuel pump motor is dying or the pump itself is clogged, if your fuel injectors are clogged, or if you have problems with your engine’s spark plugs or plug wires.
Tires can also make your steering wheel shake. If the tires are underinflated, you may feel unusual motion in the steering wheel. Make sure to check the air pressure in each tire every other time you fill up your gas tank. Add air when necessary. Your steering wheel might vibrate if you have one or two tires that are underinflated or have something else wrong with them.
Finally, your steering wheel will shake if your wheels are not balanced properly. You won’t notice the shaking at first. Rather, your steering wheel will gradually begin to vibrate as you pick up speed. The faster you go the more your steering wheel will vibrate. Unbalanced wheels can cause premature and uneven tire wear, so have your wheels balanced ASAP.
True Automotive in Marietta would be happy to inspect your vehicle to find out why your steering wheel is vibrating. It doesn’t matter if you drive a car, truck, or SUV that is foreign or domestic. We can help you so call us today.