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

Updated on January 8, 2017
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Eddie spent 33 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE certified master technician.

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.

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).

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 scallopped 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 6000 to 7500 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.

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 drive often on potholed, cracked, or dirt roads.

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. Easy to fix: just rinse out the snow and ice with a garden hose or pressure washer.

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.

Low Tire Pressure Can Cause Your Car to Shake

Low tire pressure is another common cause of steering wheel vibration or car shake. Low tire pressure can cause problems:

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

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 30o F, I recommend raising the tire pressure about 3 psi above where you would normally keep it.

TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge, 100 PSI
TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge, 100 PSI

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.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dusty,

      It sounds like you have more than one problem. You'll need to diag each problem one at a time. vibration at highway speeds, balance the tires, vibration while braking, resurface the front rotors, vibration over bumps, have your shocks and struts looked at for leaks and do a bounce test.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sfiso,

      It will be very difficult to balance your wheels for that speed, if you have a shop that does on car speed balance, try them.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Do your wheels require centering rings at the hub?

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      Steering wheel wobble 2 weeks ago

      Hi can anybody help, ive recently fitted some bobs 14inch wheels on to my my mk4 escort and I have this annoying steering wheel wobble , I have changed wheel bolts ,balanced ,and 2 new tyres.checked all auxiliarys and for a buckled wheel It seems to happen from 40mph onwards

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      sfiso 2 weeks ago

      hi , my car passenger front wheel is shaking if im driving from 80 up wards

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      Dusty 2 weeks ago

      My steering wheel vibrates at highway speed or qhen breaking and over bumps. Could it be the rotors or someone told me the u joint.

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      Robin 3 weeks ago

      I had a flat tire that was replaced..Then my brakes starting grinding so my brake pads were done. Now my car shakes terribly. The guy who did my pads said a bolt on my caliper chipped off...He is now saying i New new rotors and a caliper. I smell the burning smell and it shakes at low speed and gets worse the faster I go..My replaced tire has a slow leak and I'm my wondering what you think is my issue. I lost my job so I cant afford to replace things I don't need...I hope this is enough info..

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      MargaretV 3 weeks ago

      I have a 2008 Grand Marquis with 59,000 miles and good tires. I have only had the car for almost a year. Since the day I took it for its 1st ride I felt when going over bumps, manhole covers and such, on the drivers side a terrible vibration or road feel through the wheel into the steering wheel. Hard to explain. Anyway I took it back to the dealer and they said they felt it and replace the upper steering wheel shaft, the lower had been previously done (maybe because of recall). Anyway, that made no difference. It has Michelin tires on it. I have a 92 Grand Marquis and don't feel this and even an 84 Buick Lesabre and don't feel this. If I had to explain the feel of the issue in another way it would be like the wheels/axle they are on are loose and when I go over bumps it just rattles up through the wheel. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elpidio,

      Are the rims stock rims or do you have a centering ring for the wheels?

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      Elpidio Manansala Jr 5 weeks ago

      I had my wheels balanced, aligned and recently changed axle on driver side but still my steering shakes.

      I think the bearing is ok as I don't hear noise on the wheels.

      What will be the possible reason of this shaking.

      FYI, I'm using adjustable coilover for a year now, is that the possible reason why my steering shakes? Please advise.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rosalyn,

      The mechanic did all that work and couldn't figure out your problem? When does it do this? Fast speeds, slow speeds, hitting bumps, turning? The more details you give me, the better I can help, let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Grady,

      Yes, a sticking caliper can cause this problem, also tires can cause this problem but because the vehicle pulls sometimes when braking, have the brakes checked first.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bishai,

      There are a lot of reasons for vibrations. The mechanic needs to know why you want the tires balanced, and if it still shakes after you paid to have the problem fixed you need to bring it back to have them balanced again at no charge.

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      Rosalyn 6 weeks ago

      My 08 saturn vue shakes and bob and wheel jerks really bad when accelerating. I've had brakes rotars, hub n bearing of both wheels i put new tires on front and back with alignment anf still no luck

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      Grady Jones 7 weeks ago

      I have a 2005 Camry with a steering wheel vibration that is intermittent. The vibration starts at about 68-75mph. The odd part about this problem, is in warm or hot weather is when this problem starts. In cool weather this problem ceases to be a problem. I have tryed everything to solve the problem, everything from balancing the tires to wheel alignment to checking out the front end and wheel bearings. I'm selling the car and I do not want to pass this problem to someone else. I'm wondering if a sticky caliper can cause the problem? The car upon braking has pulled to the left two times. Help and Thank you. Grady

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      Bishal Budhathoki 7 weeks ago

      My honda civic 2006 is shaking steering wheel and passenger front seats when i drive 0ver 45 mph on a free way.

      Couple days ago ,i went to mechanical shop to let them balance the tire. But still shaking.

      Why?

      Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Denise,

      I'm guessing the shakiness was caused by the engine not running correctly? I wish you had the code from the computer, I could tell you what may be causing your problem. If you know the code, post it here.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      Have you ever thought about being a writer here on HubPages :) You do have a way with words and details.

      Just curious, have you checked the sway bar bushings? The bushings that are located where the sway bar mounts to the frame of the vehicle. The reason I ask is that on Honda vehicles these bushings (when worn and have clearance) make a boom type noise on all small /medium potholes. The are easy to check, just sit in the vehicle and have another person rock the body of the vehicle side to side. This can easily be accomplished by pushing back and forth on the roof at the top of an open window, if the bushings are worn you will hear a knocking noise on each rock. If the bushings seem fine, I recommend going with a softer compound rubber with a tall sidewall, the sidewall will give a softer ride while the soft compound will absorb the small /medium bumps and potholes. Hope this helps, and let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Denise T 7 weeks ago

      Its been 2 weeks that my car started vibrating and getting shaky, on and off. Yesterday I was heading towards the route and my car was vibrating all over. Once i got on the route I began to speed up and my "check engine soon" light came on. I panicked and stopped my car on the side and waited a few minutes. I then drove home and parked my car. 2 hours later i drove my car to the mechanic and my car was fine (no vibrating & not shaky) the guy told me when it happens again just to go back. Today i went to work and i felt the car a little shaky and when it was time to head home my car began to vibrate. Can anyone give me any suggestions?

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      Sam Ham 7 weeks ago

      Hey Eddie! Thanks for the well written article.

      Yet another question if you might be so generous?

      Trying to keep this as succint as possible, sorry for the tome!

      Wondering what your thoughts were for reducing interior cabin booming on medium~ potholes? 09 mazda5 (GT w/205/50r17)

      TL;DR:

      Newer tires with a softer compound, or lighter wheel combo, or different size/profile altogether?

      ie: 195/60r16-205/55r16 vs keeping the 17" rim size the same, but with softer compound and/or lighter rims.

      What do you think the chances are its just the quality and/or shape(sizes) of the tire itself, vs say the rim size/weight?

      The long:

      Motion-sickness inducing oscillations were all but removed by replacing my shocks/springs. (Not shilling, but I have been impressed by the monroe 'premium' shocks, the set that license "fsd" valving tech found in Koni FSD.)

      Everything else is tight ... smooth. My main issue now is booming through the cabin on small-medium, medium-large (and obviously large, but not as concerned with this) potholes/bumps.

      Almost sounds like control arms are loose in the suspension, but I've re-torqued everything myself about 3 times now, 3 mechanics say nothing is wrong there. The ride is fine, its just the noiiise.

      Nothing is 'loose', the ride is mostly acceptable..(some finicky-ness, ie: I feel every groove/dimple, some very very minor shimmy when up to speed that I feel I can chalk up to worn down, poorly balanced, hard compound LRR rubber.)

      Its just the boomy-ness that is painful/embarassing!

      I understand that this is an issue with the chassis design on mazdas. I did not even realize this issue could be so bad as I've owned a few smaller vehicles (2nd gen rx7, mkii diesel jetta, '91 240sx, and never had these issues before. I don't hear a GD thing, suspension related, in those cars.

      To alieviate this, I am looking into a light-weight 16" wheel/tire combo. The 17" stock 'snowflakes' are reported to be either 21 lbs or 27 lbs (Yeah, huge discrepenacy .. But mazda enthusiast crowd can't seem to put together a proper database of, well anything. They seem to be mostly in the "get 18" WHEELS, ELIMINATE WHEEL GAP" crowd, and not very techinically oriented. I will be removing and weighing a wheel, subtracting the rubber weight to find out exact numbers.

      The roads are horrendous where I live. For me:comfort greater than handling greater than longevity/economy greater than 'looks'. I have a track car if I care to go-fast. This is a trip/city/commute vehicle. I'm considering this as rally-touring oriented goal.

      Can you recommend as a course of action in my case, short of picking a different vehicle altogether(which I may end up doing)?

      Looking at lightish-weight 16" rims in the 14.2-17.5 lbs range, with a larger profile touring tire, vs just lighter 17's (15-17.5lbs) with a better compound/designed tire.

      195/60r16

      205/55r16

      vs

      17" rim size the same, but with lighter weight rim/tire and improved tire tech.

      (looking at the Pirelli Cinturato p7 All Season plus, and the equivalant Michelin's (Forget the name now.. Pilot, exaltos .. ???))

      I'm thinking 205/55r16 for warm temps, and 195/60r16 for winter mode. Maybe even stick with 195/60r16 for warm time. Combine these setups with either a 14.2, 15.2, 17.5 lbs rim

      Ugh, I have no idea! I do like to hug those corners.. But I'd rather be floating with this ride.

      Any ideas as to the difference in feeling from 14-15, 15-17, 17-21. 14-21 lbs?)

      Again, sorry for the long post.

      Thoughts?

      I have a hunch that its tire/wheel related. When I purchased the vehicle, 2 wheels had rash, and lots of weights, and lots of reviews of how trash the stock a18 toyo proxes are. Not to mention how big rims are these days. 17's seem HUGE to me. Again, new shocks helped out the overall all ride, big time. Just this.. boooom I need to depart ways with.

      Regards,

      Sam

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pratik, welcome back :)

      It's possible you may have lost a wheel weight on one of the front wheels, bring it back to the shop that installed the tires and have them balance the 2 front tires again. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Pratik 2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      It's Pratik again.

      I wrote here 5 months back about the steering wheel shaking and left pull.

      So I got 4 tires, rotors and brake pads changed. Got balancing and alignment done. It was cool until last few weeks. The steering wheel vibration has returned to haunt me again. Any suggestions?

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      thomas301 2 months ago

      i have not had my tires inspected recently, i did have my brakes replaced recently, but i did not replace the rotors, im unsure how old but i do know the rotors are badly warped, and believe could be the issue, but i plan to have the tires balanced to see if that helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Thomas,

      I recommend you start with a wheel balance and see if that stops the vibration. Have the tires inspected for uneven wear (your possible noise)? Chopped or feathered tires can make a lot of noise depending on road conditions.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brandon,

      I recommend replacing the motor mount first, if the vibration is still there, check the inner CV boots for leaking grease and play in the joints. Worn inner CV joints are common suspects when you have a vibration when accelerating.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lynn,

      Have your husband rotate the tires, front to back just to see if the vibration changes, I doubt it's your brakes if you don't notice anything when braking. The noise when turning could be a rear wheel bearing, noise does travel in the passenger's cabin and a rear wheel bearing noise could be mistaken for a front wheel bearing. Let me know what happens with the vibration.

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      thomas301 2 months ago

      also these issues are all intermittent, sometimes when im at 50 to 60 mph, the car will vibrate really bad and if i stay at that milage for a little bit the vibration stops. again the only thing that seems to stay is the sound from my wheels when im driving

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      thomas301 2 months ago

      hi eddie,

      I'm having similar issues as discribed above, but mine are slightly different, i recently replaced my front brake pads on my 2001 saturn L300, within the last week or two when i drive 50 to 65 my car shakes really badly, also when im driving in general my car makes a unusual and quiet noise while im driving, it isnt to loud, but it goes and can tell it never goes away as im driving, also when i stop sometimes i get a sound as if my tire is flat the sound doesnt always occur all the time, all these issues are intermittent

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      Brandon 2 months ago

      Hello I have a 1993 Toyota Camry. When accelerating from a stop the steering wheel will vibrate pretty hard but when I reach approximately 50 to 60 km/h the shaking completely disappears. There is no shake when applying the breaks or turning it's only when I begin to accelerate from a stop. And idea what could be wrong? The tires are properly aligned and they were balanced about a month before I bought the car which was about 3 weeks ago. It does have a power steering leak not sure if that could be the cause aswell as the upper (dogbone) motor mount is shot but the lower motor mounts look fine.

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      Lynn 2 months ago

      When driving 25 - 30 mph my vehicle vibrates and steering wheel shakes and if you turn the steering wheel to the left even to just get into the left lane it makes noise. Going at high speeds on the highway around 70-75 miles per hour the car and steering wheel does the same thing. I just had brand new tires put on and my husband took a look and ended up replacing the bearing and CV joint and shaft on the driver side and the bearings and CV joint and shaft were replaced on the passanger side about a year ago. And still having the same issues with the vibration. We have read that it could also be our breaks and how silly if that is the case but I do not have an issue while braking with any vibration.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Arin,

      It's the front brake rotors that cause vibrations in the steering wheel when braking, so you will either have to have the brake rotors resurfaced or replaced to fix the issue, I also recommend replacing the pads at the same time. Keep me posted on what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Jeeva 2 months ago

      More vibration while driving in 2nd gear

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      Arin 2 months ago

      Hi...when am on 80 to 100 or 120 the car goes normal but the moment I march the brakes to reduce my speed the whole car and the steering shakes so badly till am back on 60...pls I need help asap...what could be wrong here...

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      Gaby 2 months ago

      I just had my tires balanced and the wheel vibrates a little

      Alignment has already been done as well

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandi,

      Have you had the tires balanced yet? That is where I recommend you start with any vibration at high speeds. Let me know, thanks.

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      Shandi 3 months ago

      My car shakes real bad ...it started on highway when I would get up to 50 mph now it's shaking at 35 40 mph. I just had the control arms replaced on both sides cause I thought that was the problem..but it's not..it's shaking worse now.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Athena,

      I recommend bringing it back asap to the shop that changed the tires, have the mechanic go for a ride with you so you can point out the vibration, you could have a defective tire or they may not be balanced correctly. If the vibration was not there before the tires were replaced, then you know it has something to do with the new tires, if the vibration is the same as before the new tires, you could have a separate issue. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Athena Sepulveda 3 months ago

      Hi I just had my tires changed and I had my alignment and tires balanced and my car still shakes (front end& steering wheel) if I go over 65mph it's not really bad but it's annoying :( do you have any suggestions what it might be causing this issue?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi JG,

      I truly believe it's the surface you're driving on and you have nothing to worry about.

      Hi Kevin,

      Do you know if it is coming from the engine or do you think it maybe coming from the wheels and tires?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kyle,

      Have the tires checked first, it almost sounds like you have bald tires or uneven wear on your tires.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cec,

      I recommend having the front coil springs and shocks looked at first. The coil spring manages the ride height of the vehicle, the shock/strut controls vibrations while driving over uneven surfaces.

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      Kyle Myers 3 months ago

      My car is vibrating no matter the speed it's not as bad in first and second gear but as soon as I hit 3rd 4th and 5th it shakes violently. Only at 3200 rpms it would smooth out sort of. It started out only vibrating going around right curves. The shakes step from my passenger side. I couldn't see out of my side passenger window while driving home yesterday. I have no clue what's causing thing. I don't know if it's my axle support bushings or imbalanced tires or something worse

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      JG 3 months ago

      MY car will have a very slight wobble in the steering wheel at highway speeds at 75 mph or higher , yet it seems it only happens on the grooved concrete surfaces , I can go to a smoother (blacktop or non grooved) and it will go away . Is this something that can happen or is it something else perhaps. i.e. I just had my wheels balanced and tires are new.

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      Kevin 3 months ago

      Hi just wondering I'm in Australia I have a Ford ba v8 it puts a vibration through the whole car watt could it b thanks in advance

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      Cec 3 months ago

      Right tire intermitant shimmy while driving speeds over 30 now as of today when I hit a bump my steering wheel shakes badly till I see on the brakes. I've had this truck for 9 months and also the front right of my truck sits lower than the rest of the truck. I owe a 99 Ford explorer automatic 4x4.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sam,

      Yes, a worn inner CV joint can cause this, tires can also cause this.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nicole,

      Is it the same shake as before all the work was done? Bent rim? Sticking caliper?

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      Sam 3 months ago

      Recently test drove a newer car and noticed when accelerating, the steering wheel began shaking. I wasn't applying the break however. Can this ever happen when accelerating?

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      Nicole 4 months ago

      I have a 2001 Cadillac deville it shakes between 50 and 80 mph changed tie end rod and brakes got new tires and alignment still shaking any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bill,

      You made it here!!! Welcome :)

      Did the vehicle have this vibration before the tires were replaced? What you're describing is a worn inner CV joint, usually a vibration on acceleration, especially hard acceleration, and it will smooth out when letting off the accelerator. If all inner CV joints look ok, have the driveshaft checked for worn u-joints. Let me know what you think, thanks.

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      bill duke 4 months ago

      i'm trying to figure out how to get my question out there on eddie carrara's axle addict hupage. the question is: what is causing the vibrating problem in front tires on 2003 honda pilot. started after new tires put on. i had then check for rebalance. so balance wasn't the problem. at first it was making loud popping slash clicking noises. they have mostly gone away but vibration is worse. it is not a clicking type noise that cv joints do while turning, very bad vibration. it goes away if i take foot off the gas and coast. what is it?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Andy,

      It's possible you have a caliper sticking, once it heats up you would get a noise and a very bad vibration. Do you notice any of your wheels getting extremely hot?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      It is possible that your vehicle has a worn CV joint, this would cause a vibration on acceleration, so it is very possible.

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      Andy 4 months ago

      2003 caravan sxt 3.3L 96k

      Problem:

      Smooth cruising at 65 mph, a helicopter type of noise begins slowly, intensifying over say 10 seconds into a loud vibrating crazy helicopter from hell.

      The sound quiets a little with light app of brakes, but won’t stop.

      Shifting into neutral does nothing.

      Slow down to about 20 mph, noise abates, resume the ride.

      One or two days later, happens again, but cruises at 65 for a couple days.

      I put in some torque converter shudder stuff – no effect.

      Thinking it was something in the rear end, and having done those brakes myself – checked the rear brake system – no problems.

      Front brakes, okay but a little bit of shudder disc brake shudder, but only that and not at 65 mph.

      A year or so ago, I had one of the drive shafts replaced because of a boot failure. Other than that, nothing’s been done up there. Could it be the other of those?

      I didn’t check out the front shaft play,

      I did find this on the net: Transmission fluid leaking. Pin in differential failed, contacted transmission housing, cracking it.

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      Tony 4 months ago

      Hello again, No dents in the rims.. I did however jack up the rear passenger tire to check for a possible "bad" berring that I may have overlooked but the tire is solid. I noticed that the CV axel assembly is quite long for this tire. I grabbed the CV joint closest the drive shaft and I am getting approx. 1/8" of play both up, down and front to back. this is my first AWD vehicle so I don't know if this is normal or not. Either way, I lowered the car with the jack and then the wobble was quite a bit better till recently. Could this be due to the longer cv assembly for the rear passenger side of the vehicle causing extra wear on the splines? I realize I'm grasping at straws but I just found it odd that after playing with that cv joint and setting the car back down the wobble was almost gone so It cant be a coincidence I wouldn't think.

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      "Hi Tony,

      There's not much more to replace. Have you checked the ball joints, tie rod ends, motor mounts, trans mounts, and struts? There are a lot of things that can cause this issue, Are all your rims straight? No dents?"

      "I have a 2008 torrent and it shakes turning left and gets worse while accelerating while turning left. It subsides when driving straight but is still subtly there. I have new tires (was shaking before) and replaced both front cv axel/joint assemblies and the front RH hub assembly with Bearing. Was shaking before all the work. Is still shaking while turning left now.

      No shake at all when turning right.

      Thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sorry for the late reply Adriana,

      I'm not sure how bad the vibration is, or how old the tires are, and age of tires can also be the cause of the vibration. If the suspension is safe and has no loose parts, the truck should be ok for the trip, if you feel unsafe, stop at a garage to have them check the suspension for any worn or loose parts. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Saif,

      Yes, a bubble in the tire would cause a vibration and should be replaced as soon as possible. Thanks for the update Saif, I really appreciate it :)

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      Adriana 5 months ago

      Hi I have a 96 Chevy blazer with about 70,000 original miles. The car drives great at speeds less than 60. Over 60 it starts shaking and the shaking gets progressively worse. At 70 the mirrors actually move about half an inch, it's actual real shaking not just vibration. I got the tires balanced yesterday and they said they were it of balance. Today we left for a 600 mile road trip and as soon as we hit the freeway an hour away from our house we realized the problem is the same, the balancing didn't help at all. Please advise what it could be. Do we need to turn back home? Is it likely to make it? Should we try to stay under the speed that causes the vibration? Thank you in advance for your help

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      Saif 5 months ago

      Thanks for the reply Eddie. I took it for wheel balancing yesterday and it turned out that its the tyre at the passenger side that bulges, thats whats causing the vibration. I think its as a result of the bolt joint crash, as the driverside was down, the tyre on the pessenger side was under too much pressure that it bulges out.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Saif,

      Start by having the wheels balanced in front, your accident may have knocked off a wheel weight. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Saif 5 months ago

      Hi, Eddie. about 3 weeks ago my bolt joint broke while i was driving on a road bump. I had it replaced, and now my stiring shakes when im drive at a certain lower speed, around 40 kmph. What do you suggest I do? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      If it takes about 30 min of driving till it shakes, most likely you have a tire issue, like a defective tire.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Clarke,

      Have the front struts/shocks check for leakage, I had a vehicle that had the same issue and it ended up being the struts. What is the year make and model?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi DRG41,

      You may want to check the EGR valve, try unplugging it and see if you still feel the pulsation.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony,

      There's not much more to replace. Have you checked the ball joints, tie rod ends, motor mounts, trans mounts, and struts? There are a lot of things that can cause this issue, Are all your rims straight? No dents?

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      Mike 5 months ago

      It sounds like my tires need balancing. Although they (front tires) were just balanced ant alignment and tire rotation was also performed and car shakes now when it never did before. It does take a half hour of driving on highway @ 60 mph before shaking begins. Should I get rear tires balanced too?

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      clarke craft 5 months ago

      my steering wheel will shake at highway speeds then goes away and then comes back?

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      DRG41 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      So I have a tough one for you. I spent several hours searching the web (both on Kia forums and Hyundai forums) for a explanation the issue happening. I'm hoping you may have some input.

      The details: Vehicle: 2010 Kia Borrego EX, 3.8L V6. 4WD

      Repairs (in past two weeks):

      - 4 new rotors

      - 2 new front brake calipers

      - 4 new sets of brake pads

      - 4 new summer tires

      - Wheel balancing

      - Wheel alignment

      - Just passed MVI

      Repairs in the last year: 3 wheel bearings (front left side twice, front right side once)

      After several trips to the garage, I now know the issue is not:

      - Warped rotors

      - Bent rims

      - Bad tires (broken belts, bad tread, etc)

      - Out of alignment

      - Rubbing brake pads

      - Wheel bearings

      Here's the breakdown of the issue. Intermittent pulsation that occurs and can be felt in pedal and steering wheel. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not, regardless of speed (starting from all speeds) Can't reproduce it in park/neutral, even when revving the engine.

      - No power loss when the pulsation happens

      - Not engine/dash lights come on (throwing a code)

      - No late shifting - transmission seems perfect

      At this point, the only things I can think of that might be possible causes:

      - bad spark plugs

      - Misfiring ( doesn't seem like it though)

      - Bad coil

      - Bad wire (somewhere it's arcing)

      - Bad/dirty injector? (doubt it)

      Have you ever run into this before?

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      Tony 5 months ago

      I have a 2008 torrent and it shakes turning left and gets worse while accelerating while turning left. It subsides when driving straight but is still subtly there. I have new tires (was shaking before) and replaced both front cv axel/joint assemblys and the front RH hub assembly with Bearing. Was shaking before all the work. Is still shaking while turning left now.

      No shake at all when turning right.

      Thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Awesome Jamie,

      Sometimes all it takes is just a little periodic maintenance :)

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Carson,

      Did it have this pull and vibration before the used tires were put on?

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      Jamie 5 months ago

      Thanks! I had the car looked at, tires rotated and balanced. Its seemed to help a lot. I hadn't rotated the tires since they were new, they were wearing uneven.

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      Carson 5 months ago

      After buying some used tires on my 2003 Sequoia they were balanced and I got a front end alignment and went back to check the alignment because it still pulls to the left ..trying to figure out why the steering wheel still vibrates and vibrates throughout the vehicle in the back seat ..is it just the tires or possibly a swaybar or something else that could make a vibration

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hailey,

      I recommend having the axles checked for any leaking or damage, it sounds like it may be either an inner or outer CV joint problem. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Hailey Farina 5 months ago

      If you can email me I have a question about my car n what the problem could be. I have 2007 ford fusion all wheel drive. It doesn't matter what speed I'm going. Or anything it don't happen when I start to take off it only happens randomly while the car is in motion. In like the center of the front of the car maybe a little closer to the passenger side. The car starts to violently shake and makes this loud thumping noise maybe even like a grinding sound I'm not exactly sure how to explain the sound. It kinda feels like its close to the thingy you use to put the car in drive park and reverse ect. Its only randomly my email is Haileymae.farina@gmail.com or my Facebook Hailey Mae Reed thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jamie,

      It sounds to me like you have uneven tire wear on the edges of your tires. I recommend having the tire edges checked, inside and outside. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nancy,

      Sorry so late with my reply. I recommend bringing it back asap, and you may want to have someone check the lug nut torque to be sure they're tight. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Saufi,

      Try rotating the front tires to the rear and the rear tires to the front and see if the vibration changes, if it does, your problem is the tires.

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      Jamie 6 months ago

      Hello, I have not been able to figure out what's happening to my car... whenever I'm on the freeway and only when I'm in the freeway, as I come across curves or turns in the road and I turn my steering wheel in either direction, even slightly, my front tires make this wobble or thump thump thump sensation that I can feel and hear. It's rapid and stops as soon as the wheel is straightened out. There is a slight shake in the steering wheel that goess away at about 75 mph, I think it's a balance issue and not related to the same issue. It makes no noises when driving at lower speeds.

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      nancy morris 6 months ago

      I was driving home yesterday from getting the tires rotated and balanced on my 2004 sienna and my steering wheel started shaking. It started when i hit highway speed but this morning was doing it even pulling out of my parking lot.

      It's obviously the mechanics fault, but is it safe to drive until i can get it back there for them to fix?

      Thanks so much

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      saufi 6 months ago

      Hi Abhay,

      My car still shaking starting 85km/h until 95km/h. I've done tyre check, alignment, bearing check, change rack end both side, change rod end, bushing both side, stabiliser bush both left and right. I really don't know what cause my car to shake like there's no problem at all.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Toni,

      Try rotating the front tires to the rear and the rear to the front and see if there is a difference in the vibration, this will at least rule out tires if the vibration doesn't change.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Micheal,

      There are a lot of things that can cause a vibration like worn suspension parts, ball joints, leaking struts, defective tires, sticking calipers, etc... Have you had the front suspension check out yet?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jake,

      I think there is something else going on here, a CV joint will not cause this problem. It sounds more like a blockage or a restriction in the braking system, possible master cylinder or proportioning valve.

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      toni huizar 6 months ago

      hello. ive changed the brakes a rotors , balanced the tires and it still shakes at 60mph at the steering wheel. any suggestions?

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      Michael 6 months ago

      I noticed my 07 Chevy Aveo shakes at speed, at first I thought it was a tire balancing problem but even after having the tires balanced I noticed the issue still persists. All of my tires are in good shape as well, any idea what the cause of the shaking might be?

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      Jake 6 months ago

      Truck only vibrates in the stirring wheel occasionally on the highway and when it does my brake pedal gets really stiff and my breathes get super hot. I just put new calipers and brakes on the front twice. I have a bad cv joint. Im hoping thats the problem as im moving in 2 weeks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abhay,

      You most likely have a defective tire or two. If the problem didn't exist before the tire replacement, then it's the tires causing the problem.

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      Abhay 6 months ago

      Hi

      I drive a 2014 sonata and have recently changed my tires to Michelin primacy 215/60r/16 earlier were juntu same size. However i am now facing a serious vibration (steering and seat) at above 100 kmph.. have got balanced tyres 6 times twice on hunter machine but the problem still exists. Also standard company size is 205/65/16 but earlier tyres were same size and never had anh problem.

      Pls help

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adam,

      It could be just the tires. I'm assuming all the suspension parts are tight with no free play? Have you tried having them balanced and Forced Matched on a Hunter RoadForce machine? If not, that would be my recommended next step. Let me know your thoughts, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pamela,

      It sounds like one or two of your tires may be defective or just not balanced properly. I recommend having the balance checked one more time before digging any deeper. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sorry for the late reply August,

      It sounds like one or two of your tires may be defective or just not balanced properly. I recommend having the balance checked one more time before digging any deeper. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ashley,

      Sounds like either your mechanic didn't balance the wheels properly or you may have a bad tire. I recommend rotating the tires and see if the vibration changes, if it does, you'll know the answer.

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      Adam P 6 months ago

      I have a 2010 Land rover LS2 and the steering wheel is still shaking after i have had the tires balanced and rebalanced 4 times. What else might it be?

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      Pamela 6 months ago

      Hi my name is Pamela, I just had a front alignment done, all four rotors put on and brakes also had 4 tires put on..I have 03 Ford Explorer and it's shaking bad when I go 60 or more it feels like one of my tires is about to fall off...Idk what to do

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      August 6 months ago

      Installed new tires and balanced, new front end alignment, new brakes and front rotors, however when at highway speed , 70/75 steering wheel and floor of car vibrates specially when I take foot off gas pedal. Any ideas. I'm currently in transit , Fl to Tx and do not feel safe.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ashley,

      Try haveing the tires rotated to see if the vibration changes, if the vibration changes after the rotate, you most likely have a defective tire. Keep me posted on what happens, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Scott,

      I recommend having the front tires balanced first, it will cost about $30, but let the mechanic know that you have a vibration you're trying to get rid of. This will be the cheapest and most effective route. Let em know what happens, thanks.

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      ashleykehoe33 6 months ago

      Hi my car is vibrating in front iv changed drive shafts drop links ball joints a D tie rid end tracked and balanced it and still vibrating and pulling to the left !?!

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      ashleykehoe33 6 months ago

      Hi my car is vibrating in front iv changed drive shafts drop links ball joints a D tie rid end tracked and balanced it and still vibrating and pulling to the left !?!