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

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.

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.

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.

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

A bald tire that blew out

A bald tire that blew out

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

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  • 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

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: My 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup truck starts to shake when I hit the gas, and I'm accelerating over 30 mph. Do you think all I need is my tires balanced?

Answer: It's possible, and a balance may be a good place to start. You may have a bad U-Joint or a problem with the driveshaft, it all depends on the type of vibration.

Question: I took my 2006 ford ranger RWD for alignment a few weeks ago. They mentioned play in the wheels, and I should have the wheel bearings replaced. After I told them I had replaced the front bearings a few weeks back, they said I should just loosen the adjusting nut. I hand tightened the nut next day and rotated my nondirectional tires in a nondirectional pattern, but they had only been rotated directionally before. My steering wheel started vibrating today. I don't hear the wheel bearing noise, thoughts?

Answer: Your tires that you moved to the front may be out of balance, causing the vibration; the mechanic should have never done the alignment until you tightened the wheel bearings because there is play in the wheels that will offset the alignment.

Question: My Ford Fusion makes a popping sound when turning both ways. I checked the CV boots, and there are no tears and no grease! What else could this be?

Answer: It could be just worn CV joints. If you hear the popping when turning and accelerating, it's most likely a CV joint. If it's popping when not moving and just turning the wheel, then it may be a worn suspension part like a ball joint, tie rod, or upper spring mount.

Question: I've got new tires, new tie rods, and new axles, and my car is balanced and aligned. However, my car is still shaking; the wheel shakes when going 80kmh and up. I've been going crazy for the past year trying to figure out the problem. Could it be the wheel bearing even if there are no noise problems?

Answer: If the car was shaking before you replaced all these parts, then it may be something you didn't replace like a bent rim, a leaking or blown out shock or strut, steering rack, etc. New tires can also be a factor. Some tires straight from the factory could be defective; I run into this a lot with new tires so don't overlook the obvious.

Question: My Infiniti QX70 (27000 miles, 2017 model) has new tires, Voyager Ground Speed. At speed over 60 mph, I can feel the fine vibration of the steering wheel, which makes my hands tingle. Is this caused by the rough treads of Voyager ground speed tires? The alignment and balance are fine.

Answer: If the tires have an aggressive tread and the balance is good, I would have to say that what you're feeling is normal for this type of tire.

Question: I have a 2003 Nissan Maxima GLE with 138500 miles; I'm the original owner. Tires 12000 miles on them. Dobbs who does my oil change and tire rotation with balance. Told them about the steering wheel shaking when approaching 65 mph on the highway. Issue not resolved after balancing. Brought vehicle back to do it again, was told they did it right this time and said if the issue persists, that I should consider motor mount replacement. Does that sound right to you?

Answer: No, motor mounts usually vibrate during acceleration or at idle. I recommend taking a look at the struts, inspect them for leaks and do a bounce test, if all is ok, inspect the from the end for any loose or worn ball joints or steering linkage.

Question: I have a 2009 Kia Rio, and I had two new front tires put on. Now it is shaking whenever I hit around 70mph. What can it be?

Answer: Either the tires have a defect, or the mechanic didn't balance the tires properly. I recommend bringing it back and take the mechanic for a ride to show them the vibration and let them know it didn't do this before the tires were replaced, and that you would like it fixed.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: My Honda CRV 2006 shakes while driving. If I leave my hands off the steering wheel, the car drives to the left instead of straight. Can you tell me the reason and how to fix it?

Answer: It sounds like you have a tire or alignment issue. I recommend having your tire checked out and also have an alignment check done.

Question: I took my 2018 Hyundai Accent in on Saturday. They did complete front struts, wheel alignment, alignment shims, fixed a bent rim, and rotated my tires. It all seemed good until I got on the freeway, and once I got up to 60 mph, my steering wheel started to shake pretty bad. Do you think they did something wrong? Should take my car back to them?

Answer: They obviously didn't take the vehicle on a road test after the repairs otherwise they would have caught their mistake. I highly recommend you bring it back so they can check the balance on the tires and their workmanship. I highly recommend road testing with the mechanic after the repair to verify the vibration is gone at highway speeds.

Question: My 2015 Hyundai Elantra has a very bad shake/vibration. We just changed the brakes because they were bad, but now the whole front end shakes, and the steering wheel vibrates at every speed. The shaking is so bad you have to hold onto the steering wheel tightly. It feels and looks like I have a front tire loose, but we checked, and they aren't loose. However, when I'm driving, the car shakes like I'm driving on a flat tire. Please help! What could it be?

Answer: You need to bring the vehicle back to the mechanic ASAP! I wouldn't drive it back if the vibration is extreme; I recommend you tow it back at their expense. The mechanic could have left something loose, or may not have installed the brakes properly, so it could be extremely dangerous to drive.

Question: I have a '98 Volvo s70 with 105,000 miles on it. Whenever I go over 45 mph., it shakes. Whenever I drive over a little patch of snow, the car sways like a rear-wheel drive vehicle would regardless if traction control is on or not. I have never had a four-wheel-drive car do this. Are these problems related?

Answer: It sounds to me like your tires are bald or have very little tread. I recommend having your tires checked first. If the tires are in good condition, you should have them balanced.

Question: I have a Passat B6 2.0tdi from 2006. I have this problem with my VW Passat vibration/shaking during acceleration and it is only upon acceleration the harder I accelerate the worse it gets. It stops when I switch to neutral or let off the gas pedal and when I'm at 130km/h I can feel it slightly, do you have an idea what it could be?

Answer: It sounds like you may have a damaged or worn inner CV joint. I recommend having all the CV joints inspected for leaks and damage.

Question: I have replaced both tie rod ends, both struts, and wheel hub assemblies, but when I’m driving about 65 or 70 mph it feels like the car is all over the road and hard to control. I checked my work all is tight and rite what could still be wrong?

Answer: If your alignment is out of spec, it can cause this issue. If you haven't had an alignment after replacing all those parts, your alignment is probably way out of spec. Have the alignment done and see how it drives.

Question: I have a 95 Chevy 1500. It begins to wobble between 40 to 50 mph. How do you determine if it's a driveshaft issue?

Answer: A wobble is not usually a driveshaft issue. Driveshafts will often have a vibration on acceleration. You could slip under the truck and inspect the u-joints. Try moving the driveshaft with your hands, and be sure to chalk your wheels before you get under the truck. Either tires or warped rims usually cause wobble. I recommend having the wheels and tires inspected first; it will probably cost you $50 to have them balanced and examined.

Question: I just purchased a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it shakes violently when I get to 35mph - 50mph. I have to slow way down before it stops. Can you please help me?

Answer: I recommend having all the tires balanced first, the mechanic can check the condition of the tire when they are off the car. The balance will cost about $60, so it's a cheap inspection and most likely the fix.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: A couple years ago I almost got into a head-on collision I had to pull onto the side of the road to avoid getting hit. When I went to get out of the ditch I had to jerk my car over really hard. Ever since then every time I drive my steering wheel shakes back and forth really fast. When I go on the highway get up to about 60 miles per hour my car starts to shake kind of really bad from the back. What could be the problem?

Answer: I recommend having your wheel/rims checked for any damage, it's very possible you bent a rim when driving into the ditch. If the rims are ok, have the wheels balanced.

Question: My steering wheel only vibrates after 120km, but the rest of the time it seems fine. Could it be a balancing issue? My tires were supposed to have been balanced when they were mounted on the rims. I don't notice any problem at all when my winter tires are on.

Answer: Yes, It's possible your mechanic just didn't balance them properly or you have an issue with one of your tires.

Question: I have a 2002 Ford Taurus. I just recently changed the lower ball joint and CV axle on the driver side front because it broke. Now I have a bad vibration under my floorboard. What could this be?

Answer: If the vibration is when accelerating, most likely you have a defective inner CV joint on the new/remanufactured axle.

Question: I have a 2002 Chevy Silverado. There is front end vibration at all speeds. It idles from fifteen to thirty miles an hour, and feels like I have an egg for a tire. There is a horrible vibration while driving Highway speeds; sixty to seventy-five miles an hour. I checked the tires and rotated them, but there's no difference. I also replaced both front wheel bearing hubs. I went down and replaced the front differential fluid and a bunch of metal on the magnet. Then, I noticed the CV axles leaking. The truck needs tie rods, ball joints and alignment, but could that be the cause of the vibration?

Answer: It would be a good place to start if the vehicle needs them and the parts are worn. This vibration will be process of elimination.

Question: I just bought a 1999 Saab 93 and the steering wheel shakes whenever you hit the gas but stops shaking when you release the gas and just coast, I don't know what could be wrong?

Answer: A worn or damaged inner CV joint is usually the cause of a vibration on acceleration. It's also possible you could have worn front suspension parts like a tie rod end or ball joint, but I recommend having the inner CV joints checked first.

Question: I recently purchased 20” wheels for my 340i bmw 2017 with new tires( not expensive, some Taiwan brand) and used rims(strada), Right after the installation I did a first ride, my steering wheel started shaking at 30-35 mph, I did have them balanced, all four tires in three different shops, I had them check the rims, no dents or dings, somebody said it’s bad tires, I put Michelin tires on and I got the same problem, I checked the centering ring too, help me with this problem please?

Answer: I know you're not going to like my answer but you need to put the factory wheels and tires back on the vehicle or buy a new set of OEM rims to fit the Michelin tires. Your problems started when you replaced the factory wheels and tires with cheap aftermarket wheels, that's the common denominator, so I recommend sending the 20'' wheels back for a full refund and buy a good set of wheels, your problems will be solved.

Question: I have a 2013/2014 Subaru Forester XT (turbo). I started noticing a severe vibration and noise when I attempt to lane change at speeds between 70-80 mph. The sound and vibration feels like when you drive fast over those rumble zones on the shoulder of a highway, or those speed control zones. It stops once I slow to below 80 mph or am driving straight. Is it a transmission thing?

Answer: I recommend having the wheel bearings checked first. It's funny you only hear it between 70-80 mph, usually wheel bearings are more noticeable starting around 25 mph. Let me know what you find, thanks.

Question: I recently bought a Peugeot 107 2010 auto, and after four months my clutch went out ( got that fixed no problem.) Now, it’s vibrating when I drive over 20 mph, but stops when I slow down. It also feels like my driver's side wheel is about to come off at any moment. Any ideas?

Answer: I recommend checking your lug nut torque first just to be safe. Then, I suggest having the front end and tires tested. Do you think it's possible that the mechanic left something loose? I recommend bringing it back to that mechanic so they can check their work.

Question: I have a 2002 Acura, it shakes badly up to about 60mph, then smoothes out. Do I just need balancing, new tires or rotors? I put two almost-new tires on the front, not the back.

Answer: I recommend starting with a balance and see if that helps. When the mechanic has the wheels off they can inspect the tires closely.

Question: I have a big weight on my right front wheel, and a small weight on my left front. Can this affect a smooth ride?

Answer: If your ride vibrates, the most common cause is a wheel being out of balance, but having two different size weights on different wheels is not the problem. Each wheel balances with varying weights. Tires cannot be manufactured perfectly, and have a heavy side. The wheel weights offset the heavy part of the tire, so the worse the heavy spot is in the tire, the more weight will be needed to correct the defect.

Question: What would cause my 2005 Chevy Uplander to shake and the steering wheel to vibrate?

Answer: I always recommend an inspection of all suspension parts and tires first. If everything is tight and the tires look good, try having the tires balanced and see if that makes a difference.

Question: I changed my torque strut rod because it was cracked and worn. My steering pops so I purchased a replacement one from Amazon, but it is slightly longer by 1/4 in. Can that still make my car shake since its still pushing the motor and stressing the other mounts?

Answer: Not usually, I recommend having the tires balanced and see if there is any change.

Question: I have Ford Explorer 2011. The tires are in good condition, and I changed front and rear shocks and front bearing and rotor and brake pads. The suspension is also good, but I still have bad rear shaking on 70 to 80 and 85 mph it makes the seat vibrate too. Do you know what the problem is?

Answer: A shake is usually caused by tires being out of balance. I recommend checking the tire balance first.

Question: I just recently purchased a 2004 Ford Taurus from an individual. I test drove it in town but not on the highway. When I got on the interstate, and I got up to 55 mph, the entire car shook, and I thought I was going to wreck. Can you please tell me what causes this and if it is fixable for a reasonable price?

Answer: I recommend having the tire condition checked first, if the tires look OK, have them balanced, it should only cost about $60.

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Comments

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 01, 2020:

Hi Erika,

I recommend you bring the car back to the mechanic who balanced the tires and have them road test the vehicle with you so you can point out the vibration concern. The mechanic will probably want to balance the tires again first, so if they balance them and then say you're all set, ask to road test it again with the mechanic so you can verify the vibration is gone. This is the fastest way to resolve your balance issue. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

Erika on August 31, 2020:

I recently had a suspension problem and i ended up changing my axel. Ever since i got that replaced my car my steering wheel shakes while im driving 60pmh.

I went to my local shop to change my outter tie rod and all four tires balanced. What should i do, everything is still the same my car is vibrating & the steering wheel.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 24, 2020:

Hi Nikkos,

You're on the right track and you have common sense lol. If you don't feel anything unusual and you're comfortable with the normal vibrations of the road you should be fine. You would definitely notice if there was an issue because it sounds to me like you're tuned into your vehicle. Let me know if you have any other questions :)

Nikkos on July 24, 2020:

Hi,

I just had four new tyres put on and balanced, but the mechanic didn't have time to take my car on the freeway to test it as he would usually do. He advised me to drive it fast and check there was no judder in the steering wheel because it took a lot of weights to balance the wheels and my wheels are not in great condition.I have driven through potholes etc so the wheels have taken a few knocks. He said if there is no shaking of the steering wheel then no problem, but if there is I should bring the car back for rebalancing.

I've driven it now, and even at very fast speeds I didn't notice a problem. But I'm just wondering... would it be obvious if there's a problem, or could it be I am just so used to vibrations that I don't think anything of it?

Surely there is always a certain level of vibration from the road surface, and there would be a noticeable change when I exceed 60 or 70mph if there was a problem?

Thank you!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 10, 2020:

Hi Kayla,

I recommend you bring it back to the tire store and have them balance the tires again, also ask them to road test the car to verify the vibration is corrected. If possible, test drive it with the mechanic after the repair to verify it yourself. The tires are most likely the problem. Let me know what happens, thanks.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 10, 2020:

Hi Marianna,

I recommend you have the tires balanced to see if the vibration changes. Mechanics don't usually balance tires when rotating unless you ask. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

Marianne Aa on July 07, 2020:

About 2 weeks ago I was driving on a highway @55 and something came bouncing toward me( plastic detergent bottle or plastic gas can) . Needless to say I ran over it. Now my tires feel funny when I start driving in the am on the highway until I get to @ 70 miles per hour then it seems to smooth out. I’ve since had them rotated. What could be wrong .

Kayla on July 06, 2020:

I have a 2012 Jetta and the low pressure light came on. Put some air in. Checked the pressure and there was to much, let some out and ever since My car has been shaking. I got an alignment and then all new tires. Car is still shaking at higher speeds. It’s usually on the highway. Any idea?? I’m desperate

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 27, 2020:

Hi Jose,

Did you just install the new wheels? Did you ever run factory wheels? If so, did you have this problem with factory wheels? Are the tires new or did you swap them to the new wheels? Did you have this problem before the wheels? Let me know, thanks.

Jose Rivera on June 26, 2020:

Hey Eddie i have a 2015 INFINITI q50 awd i have aftermarket wheels i got the balanced in 2 different places and still the car is vibrating the passenger side front seat shakes only when i go 70mph what do you think

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 13, 2020:

Hi Jason,

It sounds like you have two different problems. The shake at 60 and the rumble is most likely tires, maybe the tread is not wearing evenly and is feathered on the edges, so check that first. The vibration when braking is most likely the rotors. Over time brake rotors become warped from the extreme heat and/or deterioration (rust) and either need to be replaced or resurfaced to fix the issue. Let me know if this helps, and keep me updated if you repair the vehicle, I'm curious to know when you find, thanks.

Jason on June 11, 2020:

Hi Eddie, i have a 2010 subaru legacy limited trim. my car is used car around 145000km and i found out that whenever my car accelerate above 60km/h the steering wheel starts shaking, same with when I apply the brake. also I can hear rumbling noise from the lower part of my car when i slightly turn only right,( lets say moving lane to the right and it will creat the sound). what can i do about it, it is easy for a normal people to fix it and how much money does it cost to fix it? Thank you Eddie!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 30, 2020:

Hi Marie,

I highly recommend you bring it back to the person who replaced it and have them double-check everything they took apart, it sounds like they may have left something loose. Why did you replace the bearing, was it making noise? Let me know, thanks.

Marie on May 28, 2020:

I have a 2012 dodge journey and i replaced my wheel bearing now when i driver over 20mph the steering wheel shakes and makes a weird noise

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 12, 2020:

Hi Imogene,

I recommend you fix the sticking caliper problem before fixing anything else. Are the rims OEM or aftermarket? What brand tires do you have and what is their condition, new? If you are using the same tires as before the rim swap, it's a good possibility the tires have an internal problem and are causing your vibration, but fix the caliper issue first.

Imogene summerlin on May 11, 2020:

Iv changed roters ,bought rims put new CV joints on ,balance tires lined front end ,changed lower control arms and got new tires but my steering wheel still has a vibration in it startz at 65 mph and my drivers back wheels doesn't spin freely when off ground it acts like its tighter then the others pl can you give me an idea of what to check

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 05, 2020:

Hi Yvan,

When do you feel the vibration? Do you feel it when driving on the highway, accelerating, braking, turning, at what speed? Let me know, thanks.

Yvan Moya on May 04, 2020:

I have a slightly annoying vibration in my truck. I have already balanced the tires 3 times, alignment 2 times. replace the rotors, pads and front tires. and still doing it ... what should I do?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on February 25, 2020:

Hi Mastermom,

Have you ever used any fix-a-flat in your tires? How old are the tires? Have you balanced the tires? Rotating the tires is not a balance unless you ask to have them balanced at the time of rotation FYI.

Mastermom on February 22, 2020:

Tires rotated replace bearing on strut tie rod replace.car still vibrates steering wheel this time but maybe not the next. Its not consitant any help

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on January 26, 2020:

Hi Marc,

If the front suspension is tight and there are no worn or loose components the only other possible answer is the rotors. It's possible the mechanic who installed the wheels after balancing them over-torqued the lug nuts and warped the rotors. It's very common for mechanics to use an air gun to install lug nuts but they over-torque them in the process. The proper way to install lug nuts is to use an air gun on low torque to slightly tighten, lower the vehicle with the wheels on the ground and use a torque wrench to evenly torque the lug nuts to spec. Let me know if this helps.

marc on January 25, 2020:

hi eddie,

i hit a pot hole that bent two wheels, i had the wheels fixed and balanced, however, the steering wheel shakes at times when i hit the brakes. i dont think its the roters because there was no shaking until right after i hit the pot hole. I´d appreciate your thoughts. thanks

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 18, 2019:

Hi Alexandra,

At what speeds does it shake? What is the tire condition and pressures at? Does it only shake on acceleration? Is there snow where you live?

Alexandra Mills on December 16, 2019:

I have a 2000 ford Taurus it's only got 85,000 miles on it and just recently the steering wheel started shaking while im driving or when i push the gas pedal what could be the issue?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on December 15, 2019:

Hi Weldonman,

I recommend you inspect the new axle with a side by side comparison with the old one, is the splined shaft too long? Did you misplace a washer that may need to be installed behind the axle nut? Maybe pull off the opposite wheel to inspect the axle nut configuration. Let me know if this helps.

Weldonman on December 08, 2019:

I replaced the driver side axle on a 01taurus. Now there's some play between the steering knuckle and the axle, I've taken it apart and reassembled four time to make sure I didn't forget anything. The play is still there like it's not tightened enough...

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 15, 2019:

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.

Ryan on October 13, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 10, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on October 10, 2019:

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!

Sydney on October 04, 2019:

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?

Jr on October 03, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 30, 2019:

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

Andrew .G. funk on September 27, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 17, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 09, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 09, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on September 09, 2019:

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.

Imogene Summerlin on September 09, 2019:

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

Busymanfishing on September 02, 2019:

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

Ralph on September 01, 2019:

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.

Zakary pace on August 31, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 31, 2019:

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.

Zach on August 29, 2019:

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

Aimee on August 08, 2019:

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?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on August 05, 2019:

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.

Tahnee logan on August 02, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 24, 2019:

Hi Tim,

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

Timothy on July 23, 2019:

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...

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 08, 2019:

Hi Ian,

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

Ian on July 06, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 02, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on July 02, 2019:

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.

Bobby on June 23, 2019:

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

Anna Hysom on June 21, 2019:

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!!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 12, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 12, 2019:

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.

Graeme Duncan on June 12, 2019:

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

jack on June 11, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on June 05, 2019:

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.

Jaya on May 30, 2019:

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?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 23, 2019:

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 :)

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 23, 2019:

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.

Dan on May 23, 2019:

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.

RIY3RD on May 22, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 21, 2019:

Hi Riy3rd,

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

RIY3RD on May 20, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 13, 2019:

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?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 13, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 13, 2019:

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.

Anthony R Nunez on May 13, 2019:

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?

alp on May 13, 2019:

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

Kane on May 08, 2019:

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

Kane on May 07, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 07, 2019:

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?

Kane on May 07, 2019:

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!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on May 05, 2019:

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.

Shay on April 30, 2019:

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?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 15, 2019:

Hi Chris,

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 15, 2019:

Let me know how you make out Adrian :)

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 15, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 15, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 15, 2019:

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.

Andy on April 15, 2019:

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.

Daniel on April 15, 2019:

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

AndrewShilvan on April 15, 2019:

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

Chris on April 12, 2019:

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

Adrian on April 12, 2019:

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 11, 2019:

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.

Adrian on April 10, 2019:

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!

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 09, 2019:

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.

Sharon on April 07, 2019:

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?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 07, 2019:

Hi Angel,

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

Angel on April 03, 2019:

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 ?

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 02, 2019:

Hi Tim,

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

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on April 02, 2019:

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?

Tim Biddy on March 29, 2019:

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 ?

Sam on March 28, 2019:

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.

Eddie Carrara (author) from New Hampshire on March 26, 2019:

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.

Harry on March 22, 2019:

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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