Why is My Steering Wheel Shaking?

As one of the main ways that you control and operate your vehicle, your steering wheel is a vital component. There are many issues that may affect your vehicle’s steering system, and most will show some pretty obvious tell-tale signs if something isn’t quite right.

Steering wheel shaking is often the first and most prominent sign of steering issues. But if your steering wheel shakes at high speeds, at low speeds, when braking, or when turning, what does this mean?

In this blog post, we reveal the issues and list 5 common causes that can trigger steering wheel shaking, and what you should do to make your car safe to drive once again.

1. Your wheels are misaligned

Wheel misalignment can occur at any time, with vehicles that regularly drive over potholes at high speeds most affected. Wheel misalignment can cause steering wheel shaking, and can be confirmed with a quick inspection of your tyres. Vehicles with misaligned wheels tend to have visibly uneven tread.

2. Your wheels are unbalanced

For effective and efficient driving, the weight of your vehicle needs to be distributed evenly across all four tyres. If it’s not, your steering wheel will reveal a tell-tale sign. 

When your wheels are unbalanced, steering wheel shaking may occur along with additional vibration. This is common after your tyres have been changed or rotated, but is also more widespread in cars that have lightweight suspension. 

Failing to balance your wheels and remedy steering wheel shaking may lead to more difficult to fix and expensive issues. Your shocks, struts and steering components may become damaged without intervention.

3. Your suspension is worn or loose

Your suspension system works with your steering to provide an optimal driving experience. If your suspension system becomes worn or loose you may experience steering wheel shaking. An incorrectly balanced driveshaft can also have the same effect. 

Again repairing your suspension system quickly is the solution and will prevent this minor issue from becoming a major problem.

4. Your bearings are damaged

You may be asking yourself – why does my steering wheel shake when I turn? Damaged or poorly lubricated bearings may be the culprit. Damaged bearings cause friction and this results in steering wheel shaking when turning. This problem however can often be solved easily and affordably if diagnosed early.

Fix poorly lubricated bearings and prevent steering wheel shaking by applying oil to the affected area. Alternatively, scheduling a car service will provide the professional maintenance needed as well as help to identify whether your bearings require replacement.

5. Your brakes may be the problem

If you are experiencing steering wheel shake when braking, your brakes may be in need of repair. In most cases, the replacement of your brake pads will remedy this problem.

If your steering wheel is shaking at high speeds, at low speeds, when braking or when turning, taking action sooner rather than later is recommended. Contact our team today to discuss your steering wheel shaking problem and become one step closer to finding a solution.