Healthy cars will drive smoothly. That’s all there is to it. When you feel shaking or vibrating, it’s never a good sign, and you should not ignore this symptom. Doing so will only increase the chance of damage spreading, so it’s best to take care of the problem when you first notice it. Although a range of issues could be at the heart of steering wheel vibration, there are a few common culprits.
Knowing your vehicle will stop on command is essential to peaceful driving. If you ever feel shaking or hesitation when you engage the brakes, especially at the steering wheel, you want to have a professional evaluation as soon as you can. Even if it’s only a stuck caliper, righting the malfunction will ensure this vital safety feature stays in working order.
Wheel and tire problems will almost always show up in the steering wheel. If you feel vibration when you turn, the issue is likely the tie rod ends, and if it shakes while you drive straight, look to the ball joints. Either way, replacing these worn parts should make your commute smoother.
When your engine struggles, you might feel vibration throughout the vehicle, but it may first show itself through the steering wheel. Air induction, fuel delivery or spark trouble can all affect maneuverability, and a compromised engine mount will become especially noticeable as you steer. To have engine problems effectively diagnosed, your smartest bet is to take the car into a technician.
The most common cause of steering wheel vibration, tires that need to be balanced, rotated or properly inflated will make steering difficult. You can check for uneven or excessive tire wear if balancing/rotating doesn’t solve the problem. Often a new set of tires is all you need to remedy the issue.
If you notice wheel vibration after an accident, the problem is likely the axle or driveshaft. Especially if you feel the wheel jerk, take your car into a shop immediately. Driving with one or both of these parts damaged is dangerous.
Regardless of the source, a shaky steering wheel can point to serious problems. If you notice a slight vibration once or twice, you probably have nothing to worry about, but if issues persist, have your vehicle thoroughly examined as soon as possible.
For all your vehicle’s maintenance and repair needs, call MMW Repair in Marietta at 770-214-4688 and schedule an appointment today!