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5 Main Reasons Why Your Steering Wheel is Shaking

Cars are designed to drive smoothly under normal conditions, especially if they are on a reasonably good road. If your steering wheel shakes, it could be a certain indication that there is an issue with your car. Keep reading to discover a few of the reasons why your steering wheel is shaking.

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1. Wheels Are Out of Balance

Balanced car tires are designed to rotate at a consistent speed. However, factors like seasonal changes, bad road conditions, and erratic driving patterns can cause wheels to become unbalanced. This can affect your axle and cause your steering wheel to shake.

2. Warped Rotors

Although regular brake service is vital to driving, even a properly maintained brake system is susceptible to warped rotors. Situations necessitating emergency stops can cause the brake rotors to form high and low spots, affecting your brakes and steering wheel.

3. Lug Nuts Not Properly Tightened

It is essential to note that ball joints and rubber bushings hold together your car's control arms and several linkages. If these nuts and bolts are not properly tightened, they can cause abnormal tire wear and steering wheel shaking.

4. Alignment Issues

Driving too rapidly over railroads or bumps can cause your car's wheels to become misaligned. In most cases, misaligned wheels can result in the steering wheel shaking.

5. Failed Wheel Bearing

If you have a habit of bouncing the right front tire of your vehicle whenever you do a U-turn, your wheel bearing is likely to fail. Bad bearing friction may cause your steering wheel to shake. Most of the time, you will notice that the shaking happens only when you turn the wheel.

Custom Complete Automotive is Your Trusted Vehicle Service Partner

When your steering wheel begins to shake because of the above reasons, our experienced technicians at Custom Complete Automotive can help. We are primarily located in Columbia, Missouri, but we also have shops in Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri. To learn more about our steering and suspension services, or to make an appointment at one of our locations, contact our team today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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