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Why is My Steering Wheel Shaking?

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One of the most common questions our service team at Cornerstone Plymouth receives is, “Why is my steering wheel shaking?” Your steering wheel could be shaking for a few different reasons; however, the most common cause is simply unbalanced tires. When your car’s tires are unstable, the steering wheel will often vibrate or shake. Learn more about “Why is my steering wheel shaking” below and make your trips through Minneapolis and Maple Grove safer. 

 

My Steering Wheel Shakes: Causes

My steering wheel shakes – what are the causes? If your steering wheel shakes while you’re driving in Minneapolis, it is most likely experiencing one of the five following potential issues:

  1. Unbalanced Tires: When your used vehicle’s tires are unbalanced, weight distribution is also unbalanced. This instability causes the vehicle to vibrate, particularly when traveling on the highway. In this case, steering wheel shaking is even more noticeable if the car has a lightweight suspension system. Failing to address this issue can result in damage to your car’s suspension components or worse.
  2. Misaligned Wheels: Your car’s wheels also need to be properly positioned on Plymouth roads. If you’re usually careful when crossing railroad tracks and avoid potholes, you can more easily avoid misalignment. If you’re wondering, “why my steering wheel shakes?” Misaligned tires and uneven tread wear can be the reason.
  3. Bad Wheel Bearings: When the wheel bearings become damaged or aren’t properly lubricated, the resulting friction can cause steering wheel shaking. If this is indeed the problem, the wheel won’t shake all the time, but it will when you turn. Sometimes cleaning the bearings can stop the shaking, but if there’s damage, you’ll need to bring your vehicle in for service at Cornerstone Plymouth.
  4. Suspension Problems: A damaged or loose suspension, imbalanced driveshaft can cause steering wheel shaking. These are relatively simple fixes, so be sure to have your vehicle serviced.
  5. Brake Problems: Does your steering wheel shake when you slow your speed? If so, the problem may be within the brake system. Warped brake rotors or damaged brake calipers, pads, discs, or shocks can be at fault. If you suspect your brakes are damaged, don’t wait — schedule a service visit today!

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Whether you need service for a new or Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, our service center near Maple Grove and Minnetonka has you covered. Contact us today!

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