Steering Wheel Vibration: My Car Shakes While I’m Driving

Updated on May 21, 2019
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Eddie spent 35 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

Your car shakes while driving down the highway, the steering wheel vibration is driving you crazy, and without you even realizing it, it's causing you to feel tired. It can be quite exhausting holding onto a steering wheel that’s shaking.

Do You Need an Alignment? Probably Not!

I hear this from customers all the time; they pull into the garage and say, "I need to have an alignment on my car because my steering wheel shakes when I drive on the highway."

The truth is an alignment has nothing to do with your car shaking or your steering wheel vibrating. If you tell your mechanic you need an alignment and they don't ask why, find a new mechanic. A good mechanic will always ask why you need work done on your car so they can get enough information to decide how to fix the problem on the first visit.

Alignment, Balance: Two Different Things

Mechanics use these words to refer to different operations, though sometimes you get them both done at once.

Alignment

Alignments only realign the tires so they are all pointing in the proper direction while driving down the road. If a car’s tires need alignment, it may pull one way or the other instead of straight when you let go of the steering wheel, or the tires may wear unevenly (deeper on the inside than the outside or vice versa).

Alignment is something you might do routinely every year or so. It won't stop a steering wheel vibration, but it's good preventative maintenance, especially if you often drive on potholed, cracked, or dirt roads.

Balance

If a car's tires need balancing, on the other hand, it may shake at freeway speed, or the tires may wear in a cupped or scalloped pattern. Balancing a tire means making sure the weight of the tire-and-wheel unit is balanced all around the axle, with every section having equal weight.

The first step in balancing a tire is to match the heaviest part of the rim (usually the valve stem) to the lightest part of the rim (a yellow dot painted by the manufacturer on the tire's sidewall). Then the mechanic places the tire and rim on a balance machine, which positions plastic or metal weights as needed on the outer part of the rim to fine-tune the balance.

Balancing is something you might do routinely whenever you rotate the tires, every six months or 6,000–7,500 miles. Sometimes tire stores will offer you lifetime tire balancing and rotation. I highly recommend this service. Checking the tires routinely to see if they are wearing oddly will make them last longer and cost you less in the long run.

A pothole may affect your tire's balance or its alignment
A pothole may affect your tire's balance or its alignment

Tires Out of Balance

The most common reason your tires shake or your steering wheel vibrates is simple: Your tires are out of balance. Tires take a beating when they hit potholes, bridge expansion joints, and curbs. Hitting any one of these objects could knock off a wheel weight, dent a rim, or cause a bubble in the sidewall of the tire, causing it to be out of balance. If you lose a wheel weight, it's an easy fix; you just need to have your tire balanced at the local garage.

Balancing should cost around $15–20 a tire. Of course, denting a rim or damaging a tire could end up costing you more, because you might have to replace the tire instead of just balancing it.

Pothole Damage: Can These Tires Be Saved?

Bubble in sidewall of tire after hitting a large pothole.
Bubble in sidewall of tire after hitting a large pothole. | Source
If you hit a pothole at high speed you could dent the rim and damage the tire.
If you hit a pothole at high speed you could dent the rim and damage the tire. | Source

Foreign Objects, Snow, and Ice Can Make a Steering Wheel Shake

Another common cause of steering wheel vibration or car shake is having something lodged in a tire, like a large bolt, or any metal object you may have picked up from the road's surface (I have seen even wrenches and screwdrivers impaling a tire).

If you live in an area that has snow, plowing through a snowbank could cause snow and ice to become trapped in the rim or wheel and cause a serious steering wheel vibration. Luckily, this is easy to fix: Just rinse out the snow and ice with a garden hose or pressure washer.

Sticking Brake Caliper Causing a Vibration and Rotor to Overheat

Car Vibration When Accelerating

Packed Snow and Ice Can Cause Vibration

If you drive through a snow bank and have a horrible vibration soon after, check your wheels for packed snow and ice.
If you drive through a snow bank and have a horrible vibration soon after, check your wheels for packed snow and ice.

When A Car Makes A Rumbling Noise and Shakes While Driving

Low Tire Pressure Can Cause Your Car to Shake

In addition to being a common cause of steering wheel vibration or car shake, low tire pressure can cause the following problems:

  • poor fuel mileage
  • abnormal tire wear
  • vibrations
  • blowouts
  • tire-edge wear
  • chopping or scalloping

And the list goes on. A quick check of your tire pressures can save you money in the long run, in many ways.

In cold weather, tire pressures drop. When the temperatures outside drop below 30˚F, I recommend raising the tire pressure about 3 psi above where you would normally keep it.

TEKTON Instant Read Digital Tire Gauge With Lighted Nozzle | 5941
TEKTON Instant Read Digital Tire Gauge With Lighted Nozzle | 5941

It's smart to keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment.

 

Bald Tires Cause Very Bad Vibrations

If your tires are so worn that the ridges on the tread are smoothed out or steel fibers are showing through the rubber anywhere, change your tires immediately. Bald tires will definitely cause your steering wheel to vibrate and your car to shake. Furthermore, if you continue driving on bald tires, they are likely to blow out, and having a tire blow out at highway speeds is extremely dangerous, especially if it's a front tire.

Don't be afraid to look at your tires to see if bald tires are causing your problems. You need to physically look at each tire. Turning the steering wheel to one side will give you a better view of the tread surface on your front tires. You will need to get on your hands and knees to check your rear tires closely.

A front tire with bald spots
A front tire with bald spots | Source
A bald tire that blew out
A bald tire that blew out | Source

Other Vibrations That Could Be Confused With Tire Vibration

Vibrations in your car don't always come from tire problems. In the first video, there is not only bad shaking from an unbalanced tire, but also a wheel-bearing noise that is louder when the steering wheel is turned to one side. In the second, the car shakes hard when the brakes are applied; the problem is with the brake rotors.

A Car With Both Tire Vibration and Wheel Bearing Noise

Don't Mistake a Brake Pulsation for a Tire Vibration

Don't Be Afraid to Ask

Don't be afraid to ask questions or leave comments. There is no such thing as as a stupid question, so just ask, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

More on Car Noises From Eddie Carrara

  • What is a Wheel Bearing? Your mechanic says you need a wheel bearing, what's a wheel bearing? Pictures, video, and discussion of what a wheel bearing is, what its job is, where it's located, and the noises it can make.
  • How to Change a Front Wheel Bearing. Learn how to change a front wheel bearing with a step-by-step guide with photos and a video. What a damaged wheel bearing sounds like and how to determine which wheel bearing is causing the noise.
  • Four Common Car Noises. There are four common car noises that drive a vehicle owner crazy. I will explain to you what they are and what you need to do to fix them. Plus a little secret that you should know when buying a new car.
  • Brake Noises. Grinding, thumping, squeaking, and scraping.
  • Four Common Brake Squeaks

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • My steering wheel shakes when I brake doing 70 down to about 50. It is a 2016 Ford EcoSport. I have had discs checked, the balance corrected, and the tires are fine. I'm just wondering if you know what else it could be?

    The most common reason for steering wheel shake when braking at highway speeds is a warped rotor. To repair the vibration you would need to either cut the rotors or replace them.

  • The whole front end of my car shakes when I get up to 60. It gets worse the faster I drive. The shaking is very inconsistent, though. Sometimes it hits 65 before it shakes, but other times its barely 60. I just had my tires balanced, and the shaking isn't consistent. It'll shake for a second or two, then stop, then shake, then stop and so on. What could this be?

    If your vehicle is a front wheel drive car, it's possible one of the inner CV joints has a problem, especially if the vibration is while accelerating. If the shaking wasn't there before the balance, I recommend bringing back to the mechanic so they can recheck their workmanship.

  • I purchased a 2012 Jetta, but I'm having trouble with the vehicle shaking and vibrating starting at 60 mph. After 80 mph it lessens slightly. I had brand new tires aligned and balanced, but that didn't work. I changed the left CV joint and wheel bearings on both sides, and nothing. I'm running out of options, can you help?

    I truly believe the problem is in the tires. I recommend bringing it back to the shop that installed the tires and go for a road test with them so you can point out the issue. If they rotate the tires front-to-rear and rear-to-front, the vibrations should change if the tires are the issue. If it doesn't change, the problem is somewhere else. Balance issues are very time consuming and nine times out of ten, if the vibration wasn't there before the tire swap, it's most likely the tires.

  • I just bought a car in 2008, and it's a 2008 Volkswagen Passat. When I'm driving down the highway and have to give it gas, it feels like my car wheel wants to break off or something. Whenever I'm not on the gas it's fine, but the moment I give it gas, my vehicle starts to shake really bad. It has new tires and has been balanced and has had an alignment done. Any thoughts on my problem?

    The first thing to check is the wheel lug nut torque just to be on the safe side. The most common cause of vibration on acceleration is the inner CV joints. When the CV joints have play or looseness, it can vibrate on acceleration. If the CV joints are ok, have the front suspension checked for any loose or worn ball joints or tie rod ends. If the front suspension is tight, it's possible your tires are the cause, especially if they are cheap tires. I recommend bringing it back to the place you bought it and have a mechanic go for a ride with you so you can point out the problem, if they are reputable they will most likely fix it for you. Hope this helps.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      25 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ryan,

      I recommend you have the rims and tires checked for any sidewall damage or dents, if all is ok, balance the wheels and see if your condition improves. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Ryan 

      2 days ago

      I have a 07 Camry xle with highway vibration felt in steering and pedal mostly during acceleration with a slight steering wheel wobble from right to left. If it matters my steering wheel is crooked but doesn’t seem to pull

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jr,

      Most likely the u-joint was either damaged during installation or is missing some needle bearings that may have been lost during installation. I recommend you replace it again, you don't want it to break while driving, it will leave you stranded. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sydney,

      If you've replaced the tire 3 times in 3 months then something is bent in the front suspension and needs to be corrected ASAP. The scraping noise could be caused by a lot of different things, but most likely the bent front suspension parts, have it checked out asap!

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      Sydney 

      11 days ago

      I ran over a curb in the dark while visiting out of town. My car made it through the 6 hour drive home but there was definitely damage dobe. I've had to change the front right tire three times since then (3 months ago). My steering wheel vibrates at 55-60 mph and there is a scraping lose rattling noise from the front right when I first begin to drive then goes away soon after... The noises and rough scraping vibrations are continuous until i've completely stopped again.. And here and there i'll get a loud poo. Advise please?

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      Jr 

      12 days ago

      2003 escalade we replaced the u- joint and it started to shake and vibrates

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Andrew, I really appreciate the feedback :) if you ever need any automotive advice you know where to find me.

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      Andrew .G. funk 

      2 weeks ago

      One of the most helpfull automotive articles or just articles in general I have read in a while. Very detailed and thourough I wish more diy/ help articles where this well versed and laid out in a manner that wether u are a weekend warrior machanich of basic moderate ski such as myself, or a soccer mom, this would be helpful and understandable. Thanks man and I will be checking out more of your content.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Imogene,

      Usually, the wobble is caused by a broken clip inside of a CV joint, usually the outer or you have a broken belt inside a tire but because you are hearing a pop noise I'm going to recommend you re-inspect the axles for any inner shaft play in the outer joint.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi BMF,

      Have you checked the u-joints for play? I know the vibration would be in the body but I've seen crazier things out there. I would at least check them for the hell of it. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ralph,

      I recommend you keep an eye on the calipers, it seems like one was starting to stick, I'm not sure why the coincidence but that's what it sounds like to me.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zakary,

      It could be the tires have a defect in them. You could try rotating the front to back and back to front to see if it changes the vibration at all. Did you inspect the rims for ant dings or dents? Also, run your tire pressures at the recommended PSI, it should be located on the sidewall of the tire.

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      Imogene Summerlin 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2007 Hyundai Sonata I have a vibration problem we cannot find what's going on with it mechanics cannot find what's going on with it they say they feel it but see nothing feels like a tire is wobbling I have changed upper control arms lower control arms I have changed CV joints I have changed sway bars said I had a bent rim I bought a new one it's still going on now I'm having a popping sound it's not a CV joint because I have changed the CV joint three different times on the same side passenger side it pops when I back up it pops when I turn to your left hip pops when the stop it pops when I start off it's driving me crazy do you have any idea what these two things maybe oh and the tire pressure is good in my tires I have even good tires almost new tires I appreciate any help you could give me

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      Busymanfishing 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a 58 apache 3100 v8 manual steering its vibration in steering wheel about 40 miles per hour don't notice it above 55. so far have replaced rim,tires, springs,balanced & aligment. shocks seem to be ok need help also king pins have no play. HELP

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      Ralph 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a 1957 chevy truck with disc brakes.I had new tires and a alignment done at the same time.Now when I drive down the road at about 45 or 50 the steering wheel shakes when I have slighly turn at a curve.It did not do this before.I brought it back and the wheel and tire was hard to turn.I jacked it up and now it spins find.Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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      Zakary pace 

      6 weeks ago

      So ive got a 1983 toyota corolla, ive had my wheels balance and aligned, new tie rods, and just did the front wheels bearings and my stearing whe still shakes. Not sure what it is or what to do. Im gonna be replaces brakes soon and see if that helps, i also run my tires on 30psi if that would affect anything. Thanks for the help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Zach,

      If the tires are worn uneven you will never totally fix the issue until you replace the tires. Another problem that I have run into that is not too common is a sticking caliper but with a sticking caliper you would have a burning smell and the car wouldn't roll freely at a stoplight, you would feel the brakes holding the vehicle back, also the one or more of the wheels would be getting very hot. See my video here https://youtu.be/GInfvb6U48Q

      Let me know if this helps.

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      Zach 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2016 Mercedes C300 and when driving at 50/55mph+ I will get a heavy vibration in the car going up to the sunroof but no vibration in the steering wheel. The faster I go is the stronger the vibration.

      The dealership told me that the tires need to be changed but there is still some life left on them and that a balance would probably help with the vibration but not the noise. I just got the car balanced and nothing changed. I am wondering if a rim is bent or if its an issue with an axle. Please advise

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      Aimee 

      2 months ago

      Hello! I have a 2011 GMC Acadia Denali. I just bought it a few months ago. When I hit about 55mph there is serious shaking in the steering wheel and seats. It seems to get better at around 70mph. I noticed it shortly after I got it. It needed new tires anyway so I just replaced all the tires. It is still doing it. Should I get them re-balanced even though they are only a few weeks old?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tahnee,

      I'm surprised the tire tech didn't check your brakes when the wheels were off. I recommend you get the brakes checked asap. You may also want to have the tire shop check the balance of the tires and re-torque the wheels. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Tahnee logan 

      2 months ago

      Hi! Got new tires on my 2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer because they were losing air quickly. Car was driving fine before took it to the tire shop watched the man put the tires on and everything. When I left I heard a “clunk” kinda and instantly my car started to wobble/shake and I can feel it in my steering wheel but I can tell it’s coming from under the front of the car. It starts shaking once I hit about 25/30 mph and it makes a buzzing/grinding/whining sound very very quietly (I know kinda hard to explain the sound) and when I brake or turn it kinda jerk/shakes but there’s no smell or anything. I know I need new brakes cause my brake light is on and when this started is when the sound started.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tim,

      Does it have OEM wheels? What is the condition of the tires? What is the tire brand? Is this a convertible?

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      Timothy 

      2 months ago

      Hi I have a Pontiac G6 2007 I was wondering what can it be when my car shakes at 60mph and up ... I already did a CV axle and everything and it still shakes...

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ian,

      I recommend you start by checking the tire wear if everything looks good, have the tires balanced to start.

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      Ian 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2010 grand marquis with vibration in the steering wheel, pedal and floor at speeds above 50 mph please help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anna,

      Sorry for taking so long to reply, life sometimes gets in the way :) It's possible you may have a caliper that is starting to stick or freeze up. Do you have an unusual amount of black brake dust on one of your wheels that don't match the other wheels? Do you notice any unusual smells or noises during this time? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bobby,

      Do all your tires look good, no usual chopping? Any rims bent? Do you smell anything getting hot when you exit the vehicle? Let me know, thanks.

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      Bobby 

      3 months ago

      My truck starts to shake and vibrate ONLY when i turn to the right. Im at a loss. 2012 Ram 1500 independent front suspension

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      Anna Hysom 

      3 months ago

      I have a vibration with a rumbling sound with my car lately. It’s very inconsistent, it’s happened about 6-7 times over the last 6 weeks always at speeds of 70 or above while on interstate. It Continues to vibrate when slowing down, in fact the only way to make it stop, is to pull off and come to a complete stop. After coming to complete stop and restarting, it will drive correctly. This week I took a long road trip, over 1200 miles round trip, mostly interstate and it only did it twice! Since the noise started I’ve replaced all 4 tires (it was time) about a month ago, and have had it balanced twice, thinking maybe they did not do it correctly the first time. I don’t know what else to do, and of course when I bring to be checked it doesn’t do it!!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jack,

      Brakes get very hot, especially when exiting a highway. It's possible one of your calipers is sticking so that maybe be something to check, but keep in mind that the vibrations usually gets worse after driving for a while.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Graeme,

      How do you know the 4WD lock doesn't work, did you check the owners manual to find out exactly how it locks? Some vehicles like Honda will only lock in Drive 2 and will become unlocked at around 25 mph. Make sure you're locking it properly.

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      Graeme Duncan 

      4 months ago

      hi ... im looking to buy a 2006 Hyundai Sante Fe Elite that has intermittent vibrations that seem to relate to the all wheel drive and the 4 wheel drive lock doesn't work ..any ideas on what problems/repairs i could be facing

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      jack 

      4 months ago

      Hi. please read my comment. i drive my 2016 camry for rideshare company and i realize that i hit lots of patholes and i need to mentenance sooner than others but i was in shop and balanced tires. when i left i tested on highway and it was still vibrating little bit. i drove to another city 50 miles away. i was going 85 80 75. when i was coming back shaking went worse and i reduced speed to 65 . i went to tire shop and they said needed to balacne again because machine still was showing numbers instead of zeros and rebalanced and it got shake again. even feel 25mph on new roads. steering wheel doesn't shake visible but vibration makes me tired. i changed rims tires and it still does the same thing. when i left tire shop car is smooth. after 1 week it gives you hand massage,it shakes too much and botle or cup in cup holders are about to jump. when i brake it shakes more i tested rotors on highway and definitely need to change. it gets too hot and cant touch brake pedal after couple brakes on high speed. is the reason is brakes while driving or is something wrong with tires. it looks like when i left shop balance is good and after few days without hitting a pothole car makes vibration and after balance probpem is solve for another few days.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jaya,

      If you smell something burning and your car is shaking, I recommend you have all 4 calipers checked, one may be sticking causing your issue. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Jaya 

      4 months ago

      Hi, I’m driving a Honda CRV 2003. Today while driving from work I felt that the vehicle was shaking along with the steering wheel.. I was at a low speed.. when I accelerated I did not feel any shaking but only felt again when I slowed down. Also when I got off the vehicle I could sense a burning smell.

      Is this a serious issue? What can I do about it?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dan,

      I recommend you check your rotors, most likely they have some very deep pad impressions from sitting all the time. Congratulations on getting it running :)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK RIY3RD,

      Try removing the propeller shaft and see if the vibration goes away or changes, don't worry, we do this all the time.

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      Dan 

      4 months ago

      When I am driving from 0mph up to 40 or 42mph my steering wheel shakes, when I turn right driving at any speed up to 40 mph it makes a clicking noise all of these problems sound and appear to be on the left front general wheel area of my Pt Cruiser I have aired the tires up and checked the pressure still doesnt work. Note I just got this car started and on the road after 6 years of sitting.

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      RIY3RD 

      4 months ago

      I checked the u joints on the shaft and it didn’t have excess play. I also looked at the joints at each wheel and they seemed ok. The bolts on the u joints were all tight as were the bolts on the brackets holding the driveshaft up. You can feel the vibration in your seat and a little on the steering wheel. There is no vibration in the brake pedal when applying the brakes.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Riy3rd,

      Have you checked the propeller shaft u-joints? Let me know, thanks.

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      RIY3RD 

      4 months ago

      Hi! I have a 2006 Honda Pilot. It vibrates between 65 and 80. I don’t feel it in the steering wheel. I’ve had an alignment (it was time) and the balance of the tires checked. There’s no unusual wear on the tires. Is it possible that I have either a sticky caliper or out of round rotor in the rear? I don’t feel it on the brake pedal either. It’s more of an all-over vibration.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hii Kane,

      Your vibration will be a tough one to fix because it's nothing obvious. Did the vibration change at all when you rotated the tires?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alp,

      Yes take it back and let them know if vibrates after the rotation, but you may have to pay for a balance because I don't think Toyota Care covers the balance. It's common to have a vibration after moving the tires without balancing them.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anthony,

      Worn bushings can cause vibrations. Ask the mechanic to guarantee the repair, if replacing the damper doesn't fix it are they going to charge you to go further? Tire balance is the most common cause of vibrations, but not the only cause.

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      Anthony R Nunez 

      5 months ago

      My 2010 Hyundai Elantra steering wheel shakes when going from 70-80mph. I had it looked at today and the mechanic told me it was a steering wheel damping coupler. Like a rubber star that has erroded away and needs to be replaced. Does this make any sense or is he trying to pull a fast one?

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      alp 

      5 months ago

      I took my 19 Toyota Camry to service for the first time over the weekend. it took less than an hour as they only did rotate the tires and checked the fluid levels etc.

      I realized while driving on highway there is a very little shaking/ vibrating after passing 80 mph. I noticed this after they rotate the tires. It is very little but still noticeable. Car is only on 5k miles so it`s not normal and I think they rotated the tires but not balanced it properly. I am really not a fan of taking my car service even though it has toyota care on it, but i realized every time i get there, they try to up sell me extra service or something wrong happens to my car afterwards.

      Did anyone else have similar experience steering wheels shaking after rotation? Should i take it back and have them rotate properly

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      Kane 

      5 months ago

      Hi Eddie, thanks for the reply.

      I’m not sure if they’ve checked the struts specifically, but I know they’re not leaking. What else would I be able to check on the struts?

      I’ve not used any fix a flat product on these tires.

      Yesterday I swapped the front and rear wheels and the vibration, still intermittent on the highway, is still there. So I think I can rule out a tire issue

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      Kane 

      5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for the reply.

      They did not specifically mention checking the struts. I did replace the struts about 30k miles ago (car has 110k miles total) after one of the original started leaking.

      I did look and neither side is leaking now, is there something else I can check regarding the struts?

      Never used a fix a flat type product with these tires.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kane,

      It's possible the struts are causing your issue, did the garage inspect them as well? Have you ever used any type of fix-a-flat in your tires?

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      Kane 

      5 months ago

      Hi,

      I have a 2006 mazda 3 and I experience intermittent vibration/shimmy of the steering wheel while at highway speeds. Often times I'll get onto the highway and up to speed (70mph) without any vibration or perhaps only the slightest almost imperceptible amount. Then while travelling at the same speed and going around a curve on the highway the steering wheel will start shimmying significantly and continue to shimmy after returning to a straight section of the road.

      If i reduce speed it lessons and disappears and will return if I regain speed.

      Going around another curve at the same speed will sometimes stope the vibration or sometimes have no effect.

      The tires are Michelin with about 10k miles one them. I've head the alignment checked and it is ok. While checking the alignment the shop inspected the ball joints and tie rods and looked ok. I've pulled off the wheels and rotors, cleaned the contact surfaces and reassembled without any change.

      Your thoughts would be appreciated, thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shay,

      I think you have two different problems. first I recommend you have the tires balanced, it may not completely fix the vibration at 60+ but you should feel a difference. The pulsation when braking is usually caused by warped front rotors and the fix would be to either have them resurfaced or replaced. If you replace them, you may as well just do a complete front brake job. Keep me posted on what you decide to do and how you make out, thanks.

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      Shay 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2000 Hyundai Tiburon! And My car shakes aggressively when i get to 60mph or higher, and my car shakes when I brake from a high speed! What would you say is going on?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      I would have to say it's either your tire or rim.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Let me know how you make out Adrian :)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Andrew,

      Yes, the 7 lbs difference may be the cause of your issue. Try spraying a mixture of dish soap and water all over the tire and look for bubbles, don't forget to spray your valve stem and valve stem core and all around the bead on both sides of the wheel. Use about one teaspoon of soap to 32 oz of water in a spray bottle, this should find the leak. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Daniel,

      It's possible the mating surface between the rotors and hub were not completely clean of debris and rust before installing the new rotors.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Andy,

      Tires are funny, they may balance out perfectly but still have a vibration at certain speeds. Hopefully, the mechanic checked the front suspension completely for any loose or worn components before installing the new tires. If the suspension is all good, you may have a bad or defective tire.

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      Andy 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2015 Chevy traverse. Steering wheel shakes at 55+ mph. Goes away around 70. I have 4 new tires. They balance out perfect. New alignment done as well. What is the next step.

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      Daniel 

      6 months ago

      What will cause a vibration on left front I HV change rotors and a slight vibration only when I hit brakes what advice can you give me ... Or yes it's a Nissan tiida latio I have

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      AndrewShilvan 

      6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Came across this helpful topic while on the hunt for my own car's fix.

      I have a 2015 pulsar with 17" alloys.

      3 are perfectly fine but the driver side previously had a puncture which was repaired with one of those rubber seals. When inflated to standard pressure (33psi) deflates to 26 (cold) within 24 hours and remains there and does not go any further (even after weeks).

      My issue is that when driving above 90km/h on smooth roads, I get a weird vibration (not steering wheel, more like body of car) every 2 seconds that only lasts about 1/2 sec.

      Should I just fix the puncture with one of those goop/tyreweld things or should I just get a new tyre altogether? Is this 7 psi pressure difference in 1 wheel likely to cause the above vibration?

      Thanks,

      Andrew

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      Chris 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2001 Buick LeSabre I changed CV joint outer tie rod ends and wheel hub and bearing driver side still wobbles

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      Adrian 

      6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your reply! The tyres are relatively new low profile winter ones and look in decent shape - they have been changed since the problem started. It was rebalanced at that point but as the shake wasn’t resolved I had it done again elsewhere to make sure. Given the wobble of the wheel whilst being rebalanced I think it’ll be a new wheel I need - I just thought I’d check with an expert before spending the cash!

      Cheers

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adrian,

      Either a wheel or tire. Do you know of any tire stores in your area that have a Hunter RoadForce wheel balance machine? Maybe call around to find one? It's the best way to diagnose the balance issue.

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      Adrian 

      6 months ago

      Hello! My car starts shaking at 60 mph and stops at about 73 mph. I took it to have the balance checked and was shown that when on the axle (the balance machine) that it has a wobble. I was told I don’t need to be concerned but it’s pretty annoying! I’m assuming that I need a new wheel?

      Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sharon,

      The tire garage should have checked all suspension parts before installing your tires and performing your alignment. I recommend bringing it back to the tire garage and have them road test the car to feel the vibration and then figure out which tire/tires are causing the problem. Did you have the vibration before the new tires? Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Sharon 

      6 months ago

      HI Eddie,

      I have a 2011 Equinox The steering wheel shakes like crazy when I go over 70 mph. I put new tires on it, balanced, and alignment and it's still shaking. Had the brakes checked and told they were in good shape. Now what? N ot sure what could be wrong. Possibly tie rod?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Angel,

      It's most likely tires. How old are the tires? How much tread is left on the tires?

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      Angel 

      6 months ago

      I have a GMC Canyon 2015 and the steer wheel shakes together with the tires All the time don’t Matter how fast I’m going , i recently had

      and alignment and balance and it still does that , what do I do ?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tim,

      Is the engine skipping or misfiring? Motor or transmission mounts can cause vibrations at idle. When size engine?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      There are a lot of potential culprits like hard or heavy spots in the tires, bent rims, driveshaft issues, etc... Do you have aftermarket rims on this vehicle or are they stock wheels?

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      Tim Biddy 

      6 months ago

      My car is vibrating while sitting in park at a Idling. What is my problem ? It’s a 2000 Ford Mustang. It only vibrates when setting still, and acceleration. What do I do ?

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      Sam 

      6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 Honda Civic.

      As soon as I reach speeds over 80km/h, the steering starts vibrating.

      I also notice the car vibrating at very low speeds when I make a turn or when I go up a hill.

      I recently had the wheels balanced, and brake callipers serviced, but problem still persists.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Harry,

      The balance may be off. I recommend bringing it back to the shop that installed your tires and ask them to check the balance, you could also have a defective tire. By your description, it's probably a rear tire.

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      Harry 

      6 months ago

      I just replaced all 4 tires for my 2004 Toyota Sienna and wheel alignment was done about 6 months ago. When I hit 60 mph, I feel a slight vibration (not visible) in my steering wheel. What could be possibly wrong? Thanks in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jack,

      It sounds to me like you may have a defective tire in the rear. Has anyone ever used fix a flat inside one of your tires? If so, fix a flat will cause a vibration that cannot be fixed until the tire is replaced because fluid is moving around inside the tire causing the imbalance.

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      Jack Bailey 

      7 months ago

      I have a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan and had vibration through my steering wheel, when I took it to my mechanic and he checked it out, he balance the tires and checked the rotors, couldn't find the issue but he did rotate the wheels to the back and now instead of feeling like the shake is coming through the front, it is shaking through the back of my van. He thought it must be a tire problem but my tires aren't that old. Any ideas what it could be?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      H Aaron,

      If your wheel is wobbling, you have something loose and it not safe to drive. I recommend you have it towed just to be safe. If something is loose in the suspension, the part could let go and cause an accident. Better to be safe than sorry.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Destiny,

      Check the inside of your rims for debris (mud, dirt, etc...) if the rims look clean, have your tires balanced, you may have knocked a wheel weight or something.

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      Destiny 

      7 months ago

      I hit a ditch and now my car and steering wheel are shaking

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      Aaron Walker 

      7 months ago

      Hi, I have noticed that my tire has been wobbling a bit lately. I haven't noticed any unusual noises or anything. Could there be an issue with my wheel bearing? Also, I have an appointment to take my car in to my mechanic on Tuesday, but i have to drive until then. Is that safe to do?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Reece,

      Yes, I understand they are not the originals but do you still have the originals in storage or something? Or do you have a friend with a similar truck that you could swap the wheels with temporarily? I'm just looking to diagnose the vibration and swapping wheels is the quickest way if possible.

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      Reece 

      7 months ago

      Eddie they are not the original rims or tires.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Colleen,

      It sounds to me like you have a failed motor or transmission mount. If the car is sitting at idle and you're feeling a vibration in the wheel, the engine is the only thing that is vibrating at this point, and if the motor mount is broken it will send a vibration through the body of the vehicle and will be felt in the steering and gas/brake pedals. Hope this helps, let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Reece,

      The most common problem I find with these types of vibrations is from the spacers. If you knew someone with a truck like yours or someone with rims and tires that match your lug pattern you could try swapping them. The brake pulsation could be caused by the rims not sitting flat against the hub as well. I would have to say the most likely cause of your vibration is the rims and spacers. Do you have the original rims and tires?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Melissa,

      First, have the front end checked for any loose or worn parts, if everything looks good, have an alignment done. The wondering is caused by your tires pointing in different directions and not pointing straight, the alignment will fix this, and it should fix your extreme tire issue.

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      melissa karen turner 

      7 months ago

      Ok i have been going thru front tires every 1000 miles or so. The car vibrates at highway speed and wanders. Passenger side front tire wears evenly but drivers front wears the outside more but rest of the tire wears evenly. Ex husband said could be tierods and ball joints. This is a 2001 kia sephia. These are new tires that are 45000 mile tires. Every 1000 miles is drastic and i drive 300 miles a week. Please help. Also steering wheel is crooked. The wandering worries the most of all especially since i got pulled over cause the car crossed the center line.

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      Reece 

      7 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I also forgot to mention that my steering wheel shakes when I brake, but I had my rotors, and brake pads replaced. I don't know if this also has anything to do with the problem.

      Thanks

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      Reece 

      7 months ago

      Hi again Eddie. I took my truck back. They took a look at the tires and said nothing was wrong. There was nothing wrong with the tires. I forgot to mention it's a 2001 tacoma with wheel spacers (i think 1.5in). Also has a 3 inch lift. I was thinking it could be the wheel spacers or maybe the bolts on the rims. I brought it to another place and they said it could be my rims. They said that because of the shape of the rims, that they can be hard to balance/not precise enough which could be causing the wheel shaking. I'm not sure what to think. My step dad and I have thought of everything and brought it to 15 places probably. I just want to be able to drive it on the highway without the steering wheel shaking, as simple as that may seem. Is there anything else that could be the problem? My step dad thinks that it could be the ball joints or a bushing on the front end on the ball joint assembly or control arm. Let me know what you think.

      Thanks

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      collleenk 

      7 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2011 Kia Soul +. It is in mint condition and recently, I have a vibration felt through the right front tire while car i in park, with engine running. The other tires do not have any vibration running through them. When I accelerate, the vibration can be felt through the steering wheel and floor mostly. Shifts perfect in all gears and has new cooper tires on. Brakes, rotors and front components have been replaced in the past 6 months. the vibration is felt through front passenger tire only at idle while car is running. Tire place said wheel bearing had slight play in it as well as torque strut (mount).....but could a torque strut cause vibration in the tire at idle??

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi C,

      I recommend rinsing the dirt out of the inside of your rims to start. Keep me posted on what you find, and buy some new tires soon, it sounds like you are hydroplaning on bald tires.

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      8 months ago

      Hey man i drive a 2003 suBru outback sedan.. just yesterday i slipped of the road its been raing for a couple days.. and i ended up in crop field on top of piled dirt.. at first its was hard to get out but managed to get out of there. Soon agter getting back on the road my rear passenger side begins to shake to the point where i can go pass 40.. i let go the accelerator and vibration stops i step on it againg and begins to vibrate again.. any clue where i can begin by checking...

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ana,

      I recommend you get the tires balanced first and see if that helps.

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      Ana 

      8 months ago

      My car starts vibrating when I go over 60mph on the interstate. I recently went and got brakes and rotors but the vibration continues. What could it be?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stephanie,

      I recommend starting out by having the tires inspected, if they look good, have the mechanic balance the tires and rotate them to the best position and see if this improves your vibration.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Suzzette,

      There are a lot of possibilities like the steering rack, steering column, ball joints, tie rod ends, etc...You'll need to have the front suspension checked for any loose or damaged parts. The vibration is most likely a tire vibration and will need to professionally balanced to fix the vibration.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      The pop is something shifting in the suspension and will need to be diagnosed, I would guess at what might be causing the noise but there are so many possibilities. The vibration is most likely caused by a tire that is out of balance. I recommend bringing to a mechanic and take them on a test drive if possible to point out your issues, it's the best way to communicate the issue and fix it right the first time.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stefanie,

      Fix a flat s goon in an emergency but once you stop the leak you should have the fix a flat removed from the tire and have the tire plugged professionally. The fix a flat will cause the tire to be out of balance until it is removed. When you get the tire fixed, let the mechanic know that there is fix a flat in it, they will appreciate the warning. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nan,

      The light may be warning you that the tire pressure monitoring system has a failure and needs to be inspected, the vibration could be a tire that is out of balance. I recommend having the tires inspected for any issues and then balanced. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Nan 

      8 months ago

      My 2011 Elantra is shaking when I hit 60 MPH on the highway but stops when I go above that speed. Also, the tire light came up on my screen. However, all four tires are ok. Any ideas what this may be?

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      Stefanie 

      8 months ago

      I have a 2018 chevy equinox and my tire pressure started getting low in one of my tires. I thought it was because it was one of the coldest days we have had so far but the PSI still continued to drop from 36 psi to 17 psi over night. I would put air in it and I noticed when I got on the highway it would wobble, not much but I could tell the difference.. Nothing visable puncturing the tire. We put fix a flat in the tire and it did hold the air over night but I still noticed the wobble when I got on the highway again. Do you know what this could possible be from?

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