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

Updated on May 31, 2018
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Eddie spent 35 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

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

Do You Need an Alignment? Probably Not!

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

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

Alignment, Balance: Two Different Things

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

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.

Sticking Brake Caliper Causing a Vibration and Rotor to Overheat

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.

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

Questions & Answers

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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?

    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.

  • 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?

    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.

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

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

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      2 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Diane.

      I guess it all depends on what you're paying for the vehicle. If the tires are worn it could be the vibration, but I'm not completely sure without driving it. Price is the deciding factor, if the truck is cheap like around 3k it may be worth the investment, just keep in mind that it has high mileage and will need some extra $$$ TLC.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kathy,

      When U-joints start to go, sometimes they wobble and give you the sensation of a flat tire and one is located near the transfer case. Let me know if this helps.

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      Kathy Fuller 

      3 days ago

      I recently bought a 2003 Murano. The other day I was going about 40 mph and all of the sudden it felt like I had a flat tire. Pulled off the road and looked at all my tires and they were all fine. Got back in my car with it idling and it wasn't making any noises. Put it in reverse to try to drive it again and it wasn't acting like it had a flat tire in reverse. Put it in drive to start driving it again got up to about 10-15 mph and it started doing it again.. So I had it towed home. The next day I had it towed to a mechanic and they seem to think? It's my transfer case? Is there anything that would cause it to act like it has a flat tire when driving forward but not in reverse and not while idling?

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      Diane Scott 

      5 days ago

      Iam looking at buying a 04 explorer has 197,000 miles on it runs great.have some vibration in steering wheel and yes tires are warn and rounded question is so more likely the tires ? Also with that many miles.should i ne leary about buying it even though sounds great and drives great been taking care of.outside tires .what do you think.thankyou!!! Gor opinion

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Neil,

      The most likely problem is the tires, even though you had them balanced it still could be the issue. If you have a tire dealer in your area I recommend calling them and ask if they have a Hunter RoadForce tire balance machine. This machine can pinpoint the problem and direct the mechanic on what has to be done to correct the issue.

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      Neil 

      9 days ago

      Even after having my tires balanced, air pressure correct, no alignment issues, my 2011 Honda Pilot still has a low vibration at 65-75 MPH....my sweet spot when I am on the highway. It is so annoying, especially after driving my wife's car which is dead on. What could be the problem? Thanks in advance. Neil

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jose,

      Anytime you have an intermittent vibration it's usually caused by tire balance or a defect in the tires. I recommend starting out by having the tires inspected for any uneven wear, if everything looks good, have the tires balanced.

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      Jose Herrera 

      2 weeks ago

      When im driving my 2008 civic si the passenger side shakes alot until i hit about 82 an the shaking stop what could it be ???

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      His Adil,

      Sometimes new tires are defective and have vibrations. I recommend bringing the vehicle to a tire store which has a Hunter RoadForce Balance Machine, this machine can detect problems in all wheels and tire and can pinpoint the issue. If you don't have a store with this machine, try rotating the tires front to back to see if the vibration changes.

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      Adil Jialni 

      3 weeks ago

      I have 05 Pathfinder have brand new Michelin tires on got alignment done but steering shakes at 60 so got balance done it still shakes but not like it was before can you please tell me what else can do stop shake r vibrate.

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      Concerned momma 

      3 weeks ago

      My son drives a 2011 Toyota camry, drove it 350 miles to previous home town and is driving back to Kansas city tomorrow, however a deer jumped out in front of him clipping his fender causing him to run thru an embankment.. now he is experiencing vibration in the steering wheel at any speed, its Sunday the day before Christmas eve in a very hick town with no auto service businesses open until Wednesday.. is it safe? should he attempt to drive home?

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      Felix Umoh 

      4 weeks ago

      I recently change my fly wheel shaft oil ceal in my corolla 1999 and after that my driver wheel shakes/vibrates when i accelerate

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Trever,

      Did you mount the winter tires to the summer rims or do they have separate rims?

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      Trever Gates 

      5 weeks ago

      Hello, my 2010 Nissan Altima has a mild shake in the steering wheel and front end of the car when I pass 60 mph and progressively gets worse the faster I go. I just got my tires balanced and inspected so they are ruled out. I put on my winter tires and the problem still occurs as well. I also jacked up the car and shook the wheels in every direction and there was no movement.

      If you have any ideas, I’d appreciate hearing them. Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cara, You're welcome :)

      I have only found a handful of motor mounts that have collapsed but it can cause a pretty heavy vibration. Let me know what you find, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here ;)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adrien

      I recommend having the tires inspected for uneven wear, the thumping noise and vibration could be cause by chopped tires. If the tires are ok, have the calipers inspected for any issues like sticking pistons and frozen slide pins. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Reece,

      If all these parts were replaced and you still have a vibration, most likely the tires are the cause, even tho they are new, they are the most likely cause. I highly recommend taking the car back to the tire dealer who installed them and take them on a road test to point out the vibration, then have them fix it, don't forget to go on a second road test with the mechanic to verify the vibration is gone. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Reece 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi. I have steering wheel shake on my car when I'm on the highway. Sometimes it will stop and other times it will start up aggressively. The steering wheel also shakes when I brake. I have new struts, new shocks, new rotors, new brake pads, a new steering rack, and new tires which have been balanced. I've tried everything. Please help!

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      Adrien 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2011 Ford Edge AWD. Noticed a shaking steering wheel when I got up up 60 MPH+. The shaking stops once I slow down to about 50. Paired with this is a thumping or knocking noise which is only happening randomly coming from the front end. Thanks for your time!

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      Cara 

      6 weeks ago

      Thanks for the tips Eddie, I appreciate your insight into this concern with my civic. I also heard that in addition to the torque converter issue you mentioned that many civics have been effected by a collapsed motor mount on the passenger side and that is where the rattle seems to originate from wondering if this could be to blame as well. I will definitely bring it to Honda and see what they say about the torque converter, thanks again!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeromina,

      I think your tires are causing a lot of your vibration but the lower ball joint wouldn't cause a wobble. I recommend starting with new tires and see if the problem is better.

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      Jeromina 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi I have a shaking in my car. The car wobbles at 20 to 40 mph and stops at higher speeds is this the ball joint? I have taken it to 2 different auto shops and one said it's the lower ball joint on the passenger side. The other said I need new tires and crap load of other things. What does it sound like to you?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cara,

      I know that some of the CVT transmissions have torque converter problems which could cause a rattle type noise, vibrations, and hesitation type feeling. I recommend you ask the Honda dealership if there are any transmission software updates available for your problem.

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      Cara 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi there,

      I have a 2014 Honda Civic, I’ve brought it to the dealership numerous times regarding a intermittent rattle type sound from the hood (I think), my car is shaking and I can feel every single bump I drive over, there is also loud sounds from the hub caps being very loose. The sound from the engine comes at 1500 rpm mostly and it’s a CVT automatic. Last year the shop replaced a pressure sensor gauge that had caused my transmission to leak out. My car feels very unsafe and I notice it is worse in the snow. Any ideas as to what could be causing this noise and uneasy drive.

      Fuel economy seems bad

      Car seems unstable

      Acceleration is lagging

      Odd sounds

      And the passenger seat and passenger side mirror seem to shake

      The steering wheel has a slight vibration with acceleration as well as the gas petal.

      I just don’t understand what it could be, thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jigar,

      Try having your tires balanced first and see if that helps.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Samantha,

      The cause if you wobble is the cords showing in the bald tires. BTW, it's extremely dangerous to drive your vehicle with cords showing in your tire tread, you could have a blowout instantly that could send you into a guardrail or oncoming traffic. Get new tires ASAP and your wobble will disappear.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vanessa,

      I recommend having the tire balanced, and while the mechanic balances your tires, they can check if you bent a rim or something. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Vanessa 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2018 Chevy Traverse, I live in a rural area and about a month ago I ran over a dead deer that was left in my lane of the highway. There was nothing noticeable afterwards, no noises, no visible damage other than a couple broken plastic clips underneath, and it still drives perfectly straight. Since then, the wheels have started to shake over about 100km/hr...again no noise and still drives straight. What could this be? Would something be bent? There's absolutely no problems at lower speeds.

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      Samantha 

      2 months ago

      Hi. I was driving and suddenly my steering wheel starts to move back and forth. I definitely need an alignment because one of my tires is showing threads on the inner side of the vehicle. But what could be the cause of this steering wheel shake?

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      jigar 

      2 months ago

      i have wagon r and one of my tyre vibrates when accelerated but vibrations stops when it goes to higher speed

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shelby,

      I recommend you start with a inspection of your tires, if they look good, have them balanced. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Shelby 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2004 accent and my car started shaking and vibrating when I go over 60 and my foots pressed down on the gas. Any idea

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Just-Will,

      If you have a brake caliper starting to overheat this means something is sticking and could very well be your problem. If the caliper is applying pressure to the brake rotor and it's is starting to warp because of the excessive heat it could cause a severe vibration. Check out my video on this issue.https://youtu.be/1fJK0Dd79XE

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Josh,

      vibrations when braking are usually caused by warped rotors, unless you have worn front suspension parts, I recommend either having the rotors resurfaced or replaced.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Duen,

      This type of vibration is usually caused by a worn inner CV joint. I recommend having them checked first for any leaks or excessive play.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      You could try rotating the wheel before you leave to see if this changes the vibration. It's possible it's just a balance problem but I can be sure without driving it.

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      Victor 

      5 months ago

      Hi Eddie, i have an 07 honda accord and i bought it salvaged titled, trusted mechanic sold it to me, i now live in another state and my steering wheel shakes at 55-60 mph and stops after 65mph, i have a 2,000 mile road trip coming up, can i take the chance and perhaps get it fixed at my destination? No money until i get there is why i ask, thank you sir.

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      Duen96 

      5 months ago

      Hey Eddie i have this problem with my vw passat b6 2.0tdi from 2006. When i accelerate this violent shaking begins, the Harder i accelerate the Harder it shakes but when i lift off the gas or clutch out it dissepears. And at a speed of 130km/h i can feel it slightly

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      Josh 

      5 months ago

      Hi i have a 2016 ford ecosport and when i brake at 70-50 my sterring wheel shakes. Iv had tyres balanced and discs are all fine as been checked today. Tyres are all fine too and not worn. Im just wondering what else it coule be? Thanks

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      Khoi Le 

      6 months ago

      I have 4 brand new tires V rated tires too. After mounts, balance, and alignment. The car still makes turning noise and vibrating when passing 60 mi/hr. They checked the break temperature and it within the spect. They said they have a hard time to identify the problem. Also, I have 2 front news break and rotors replaced by Toyota dealer. (Break is not an issue, Tires brand new) So what causes it to vibrate?

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      Just-Will 

      6 months ago

      I'm in Canada and my story is a long one and still not complete. I drive a 2015 dodge journey v6 crossroad and up until this point I have been incredibly happy.

      About 8 weeks ago, I had my winter tires, which were on steel rims, replaced with my all season ones. Both were 3 seasons old. The all seasons were entering their forth season and I had an alignment performed. At this point vibrations were not existent for me. A couple of weeks later I had a strange occurrence. I was turning right at about 30km per hour in a very slight down hill and it had rained lightly about 10 minutes before. The car started to turn but then didn't complete the turn and continued straight. The steering wheel felt loose and turned completely to the right but the car didn't turn. I was now into the opposite lane so I went to slam the brakes. Before I could the car turned so hard to the right I almost hit the curb on the right and felt like the suv was going to topple over. Uncomfortable with my experience I took it to the dealer garage and after going out with the mechanic he deemed that I hydroplaned and I should replace my tires. The left front seemed a little worse than the others but since I drive with kids I thought I'll bite the bullet. I also had my brakes cleaned, as per warranty requirements, supposedly with no issues. I purchased Continental true contact tires which are on 19 inch alloy rims (existing rims) and are supposed to be good tires. I bought them from a different company. After adding them on I got terrible, non drivable vibrations through the steering wheel. So I took it back and they re-aligned it. Not long after that I had my brakes cleaned by the dealership and then started getting strange wavy feelings when pressing the brakes so took it back. They said it's your brakes not the tires. Back to the dealership and they said it was the brakes despite cleaning it 2 weeks prior. After apologies I agreed and they replaced the front 2 brakes. Now the vibrations were back but not as bad. Back to the garage were I bought the tires and they suggested road force which failed so they replaced the front 2 tires. After this things were much better but there was still some vibrations on the floor on the drivers side and the middle passenger row (I have 3 rows) was vibrating heavily at high speed. Back again, they replaced the back 2 tires and road forced (calibrated the machine several times) but still there were vibrations. They suggested to bring in my winters with the steel rims and they tried them and it was vibrating again so they said it was a car fault but they don't know what was causing it. Back to the dealership and when going out with the mechanic he blames the tires. Interestingly this time with the winters in the boot the middle seat was vibrating but the steering wheel was vibrating so bad it was not drivable again. Was the extra weight making it worse? The mechanic blames the tires but now that is 8 new tires + the 4 winters (3 seasons old) all at fault? I don't believe that for 1 second.

      He said he tried tires from the shop on my car and it was slightly vibrating but not as bad as mine. I said well obviously there is still a problem. He mentioned the rear brake on the drivers side was overheating but the brake was fine but doesn't think that is the reason for the vibrations.

      They are now road forcing the tires as they don't believe the other guys did it right and I am waiting for info. I am running out of ideas. Did the non responsive steering at the beginning cause some issue and then start this downward spiral? Should I pay more money and replace the back brakes hoping for the best? I'm lost at the next step.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Remington,

      Did your mechanic take the vehicle for a ride? It sounds like a wheel bearing noise to me. I recommend having the mechanic go on a road test with you so you can point out the noise/vibration.

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      Remington 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2015 Chrysler 200 I bought last year. Everything has been going great until these last 2 months, there’s a hard vibration under my feet when I drive, it gets worse when I turn left and can hardly even notice it when I turn right. I have brand new tires, they have been balanced. I took it to a mechanic and he said the front end was super tight and in great condition but the shaking/noise continues. It doesn’t affect the steering wheel but definitely can feel it under my feet and hear it. The faster I go the louder it gets.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joseline,

      The tires could have developed flat spots when sitting depending on the type of tires you have. I recommend having the tires balanced to see if it helps. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Joseline Martinez 

      6 months ago

      My car starts vibrating after I hit 50mph and above but it rides smooth below that. I recently took it to the shop to get the starter replaced and it was parked for abut 4 days straight and now it shakes.The wheel and kinda the whole car vibrates and when the speed is decresing it vibrates as well until it’s under 15mph or so. Thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dean,

      Have the tires checked for any damage first, if they are all OK, have them balance all 4 wheels and let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Dean 

      6 months ago

      Got a 2014 Honda CRV. When I go between 25-35 mph the front end shakes. Any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Mitch.

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      Mitch 

      7 months ago

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Loly,

      Most likely you have a defective tire. If you have the tires balanced on a Hunter RoadForce machine, it will locate the defective tire. Most tire retail shops have these machines, smaller garages do not so ask before you have them balanced.

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      Loly 

      7 months ago

      Hi, I have Ford Explorer 2011 it has new tires, brakes, shocks and new front bearing and rotors and brake pads suspension is good but still I have shaking on 70 and getting worst on 80 mph it makes the seat vibrate too the only possible thing still should I get new rear bearing ? Or something else

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fari,

      The vibration is most likely from the tire being out of balance. It's is very possible during either the accident or the repair a wheel weight could have fallen off or the rim could have gotten bent. The first thing to do is have the shop check your rim for any dents or damage and try a balance. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Fari 

      8 months ago

      Hi Eddie,my 2010 Ford Escape had it's front passenger side tire hit by another vehicle at low speed. The strut was replaced but the body shop said they didn't replace the rubber part that the strut went into. They felt it should have been replaced but they said my insurance said no. Now although the car aligns,on the highway it shakes the steering alot. The dealer did a brake and rotor inspection and said everything was good. Should both struts have been replaced? The tires are good

      Car has over 200k miles. Thanks in advance for your help, appreciate your time and knowledge

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anthony,

      This is really good information, thanks for sharing and keep me posted on how you make out with the new driveshaft.

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      Anthony M 

      9 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      So an update on my situation. Turns out 2015-2017 Mustangs with Automatic Transmissions can suffer from a vibration issue triggered by the 2 piece driveshaft going out of balance. I am not sure what causes it, but it may have to do with the one-way clutch on the 6r80 transmission and driving manors. In some cases it can chew up the diff gears if the angles of the U-joints go out. Either way, its an issue that has happened to a lot of people, but Ford hasn't issues a recall. I talked to a few people and they say the problem is the 2 piece driveshaft, which is heavy and a poor design. He recommended upgrading to an aluminium, 1 piece driveshaft and believes that would solve the problem from happening again. Currently, my car has been at the dealer waiting for the driveshaft to be re balanced and tested.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Deyona,

      Have your tires inspected and if they look good, have them balanced, it should be an improvement. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Deyona Millner 

      9 months ago

      I brought a car almost a month ago. It’s a 06’ Toyota Camry with 88 thousand miles on it. Now recently, say 2 weeks ago the wheel started shaking and has been since then every time I drive it. Just more of the front of the car shakes. I could be just going 40 miles and it still shakes. I really want to know what should I get checked out so I won’t waste any time please

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gaurang,

      In my opinion the axles should have never been changed, but this is hindsight. I recommend bringing back to the dealer who put the Nissan axles and ask the service manager or shop Forman to go for a ride so you can point out your concern. You just spend a ton of money with them and the problem is not fixed.

      Tires are usually the problem when it comes to vibrations so I truly recommend starting with the tires. Motor mounts will cause a vibration, but usually only at idle or on acceleration. Let me know your thoughts.

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      Gaurang 

      10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      First of all, I appreciate your such an informative post.

      Coming to my question, I had bought Used 2013 Nissan Rogue in November. Before buying the owner had informed me that car had been in front end collision, but it had clean carfax and the whole damage was covered by insurance by replacing front bumper, frame, and so on.

      I had car checked at Nissan dealership for checking it and they said it was in perfect mechanical condition. This was the same dealer who had sold the car to first owner. After 2-3 months of buying car, I started noticing some kind of vibration/wobbling while I was driving. It was not alarming, but it was annoying to driver, even though passenger would not notice it.

      I took it to a mechanic, who said it's front Axles need to be replaced. For some reason, I agreed and he changed both front axles. After this, the vibration increased significantly as I could feel drifting of wheels on highway. So this time, I decided to go to the same dealer who had said "it was in great mechanical condition".

      They inspected and said the replaced Axles were leaking and they needed to replace them with Nissan Axles before doing any further work. I agreed and they carried out the axle replacement. After this, they said they would inspect Transmission for any other issue and Nissan would bear any charges as transmission was still under warranty. However, they said they could not find any problem with Transmission and car was performing well after Axle replacement. I paid them money and walked away thinking that problem was finally solved.

      However, I started noticing vibration/shaking/wobbling again after 2-3 weeks. I took car to Dealer again, and this time the response was cold. They claimed about inspecting car, and they also said they are unable to find anything wrong. Also they suggested me to go to body shop to find anything wrong.

      I was not convinced, so I took it to another mechanic. That mechanic did the wheel alignment first up as it was compromised during Axle replacement. He said that the engine was vibrating because of loose "engine mount" and that was passing to Axles while driving. He suggested that engine mount would cost me heavily, so better wait and see if car is doing ok after wheel alignment.

      However, I see that car's shaking/vibration/wobble pretty much and I can feel the vibration on my left leg on footrest. I am wondering what is the actual problem here and it is really frustrating to keep feeling the same problem and having no proper diagnosis. Please help me with your valuable suggestion so that I can decide what to do with this car.

      Best Regards,

      Gaurang

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anthony,

      I highly recommend binging it back to Ford and take the technician for a ride to point to the vibrations and pull. Most likely you have a new tire that is defective and is causing the problem. Make sure you explain the pull wasn't there before the tires and tie vibration is worse. You will also need to go for a ride after the tech completes the repair to verify the problems are gone. You just spent your hard earned cash on new tires, if a rim was bent they should have seen this when balancing the tires. Did the tech even road test the vehicle after the tire swap? They should have noticed these two problems on that road test. Keep me posted on what happens Anthony, and don't let them tell you that its the alignment, and don't let them tell you the tech doesn't have time for your road tests, you need to verify the problems are gone before your leave the dealer for a second time, don't be mean, be persistent!

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      Anthony M 

      10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      So I've run into a dilemma where I am stumped myself and I figure you may have a suggestion or at least clarify my observations.

      Last year I purchased a 2015 automatic, Mustang Ecoboost with 50th anniversary package, (includes special rims) used, with 27k miles on it. It was young girl driven and has its fair share scratches, dents, and scuffed rims on it. Soon as I hit the highway I noticed a completely uncomfortable vibration in the steering wheel, that I could feel in my bones, starting at about 55 MPH. After you climb over 75, practically goes away. Naturally I figured the wheels needed balance, so I took it for a balance at Ford. The explained that they couldn't really balance the wheels well because the tires were worn really bad. It seems she didn't rotate properly because the wear was not even. I saved up my pennies and purchased new tires recently, I even changed the size from 255/45/19 to 275/35/19s for a little extra girth and grip. After the installation and balancing on the machine, I drove off only to notice that the vibration was still there. Worse, the car now pulls to the left, which it did not before. I checked the pressure and the tires were the same, and I know they balanced them because I was there when they did it, one by one.

      So question is, what could it possibly be? Perhaps she smashed one of the rims harder than I thought and there is damage to the rim I don't see? Or maybe in the front end hence the sudden alignment issue now that the tires are straight? I'm lost and I don't have a lift to put it on. *Note I don't have issues while breaking at all.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dave,

      There is not a lot that can go wrong with these unless you're hitting a lot of potholes or the parts are just junk right out of the box. Usually a good part will have a 12 month/12k mile warranty so you may want to take it back to the garage that installed them or to the auto parts store that sold them to you. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Dave unger 

      10 months ago

      I have a bad tie rod and on passenger side I have changed it twice what would cause them to go bad in 90 days

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Paul,

      Looking at the axle while it's turning may not be a good indication that there is a problem with it, especially if the wheel are off the ground because the suspension is hanging, also axles always look like they are wobbling when they are hanging. I recommend having the tire and rim checked on that side for any damage, while it's off have the wheel balanced. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Paul 

      10 months ago

      I hit a dear with my cavalier the front end shakes really bad now. I know I need a transmission mount for sure. I lifted the front end off the ground and pulled both front tires off and accelerated the thing still shook. I got the throttle and watched the CV axle and the thing wabled like crazy so I replaced it. The ride is a little better but the CV axle still wables do you think it busted the transmission some how. It seems to only shake on the passenger side where I hit the deer.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jude,

      I don't think it has anything to do with the car next to you having a blow out. I recommend having the tires balanced first to see if that fixes your issue. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Jude 

      11 months ago

      The car next to me got as flat and it made this loud wooshing noise. Then my car started vibrating at higher speeds (60) it's fine if I go slow but if I go 60 or over it vibrates.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi MJ,

      It's worth bring it back to have them check the work, just make sure you tell them that the problem didn't exist before the ball joints were replaced, also it would be a good idea to ask to go for a ride with the mechanic so you can point out the problem. Let me know what you decided to do.

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      MJ 

      11 months ago

      I recently brought my Mazda CX-7 in for a factory recall on the ball joints/to have the lower control arms replaced. The very first time I had the car on the highway afterwards the steering wheel began to vibrate between 50-60 mph, but only intermittently. Since it appeared to ‘self-resolve’ I dismissed it at first. But today it happened again. Could it be related to the service work that was done on the car? Or do I have a new problem? I’m guessing it’s not anything as simple as balance or tire pressure since it isn’t a constant vibration.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Solomon,

      At what speed does this happen and does the vibration ever go away? There are a few possibilities, inner CV joint is worn, motor or transmission mounts are worn.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Assaf,

      If the seats shake and the floor shakes it's most likely the problem is in the rear tires. The noise may be a sway bar link that is worn.

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      Assaf 

      11 months ago

      I bought Hyundai Elantra 2007 last month, it shakes while driving over 60mph, you can feel the wheel, the seat, and the floor shaking! Also there’s a noise comes from the front left wheel when you drive on unstraight streets, changed the front tiers, balanced them, changed the front shockers but the problems are still there!

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      Solomon Chikkala 

      11 months ago

      My 2005 Toyota Camry had new tires 2 months backs along with wheel balancing but since 2 weeks every time I press the gas pedal the car vibrates. Got it checked with couple and the Pep Boys said that both Front wheel bearing needs replacement. Got it fixed, but I still have the same issue. Please advise. Thanks a lot.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeremy,

      Did this shake start after you bought the new rims or was it there before?

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      Jeremy 

      12 months ago

      When I'm driving at highway speeds, and I turn the wheel slightly to the left, the steering wheel starts shading what could cause this, I've replaced just about everything, except the rims I just bought, or could it be something else?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      If the vehicle didn't have the vibration before the new tires then I recommend bringing it back to the shop who sold you the tires and have them fix your issue. Most likely you have a defective tire causing the vibration. If they can't fix it with the tires they sold you then have them replace them with ones that don't vibrate. I highly recommend road testing with the mechanic before and after the repair to point out the issue and to verify the remedy. Let me know what you decided to do, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dakota,

      Vibrations are very difficult to pinpoint and even harder to figure out from a comment box lol. Tires can cause a vibration even when they balance out to "0" on the machine, a Hunter RoadForce machine is the only way I know of to really inspect tires and rims for possible heavy spots and warpage. If you replaced the axles with aftermarket axles, most likely they are remanufactured and not new. This is the most likely cause of the vibration on acceleration but without actually driving and inspecting the vehicle this is only an educated guess. Hope this helps. Keep me posted if you find a mechanic who can figure this out for you. Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sherri,

      You wouldn't be on the web asking questions if you knew the answers :) If the front tires are new and you have a vibration in the body of the vehicle then most likely it's the rear tires. Has any mechanic recommend new tires in the rear? Do you know the condition of the rear tires? I recommend you start with a rear tire inspection and if the tread is in good condition, have them balanced if the tires are chopped or worn uneven, replace them and see how that feels. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      The most common reason for a vibration is tires. It's possible you have a defective tire causing the issue even tho it balances to "0" weight on the machine it could still have a heavy spot in the rubber. If you have a shop in your area that has a Hunter RoadForce machine and they know how to use it properly it will measure the specs of each wheel and tire and find the issue, but keep in mind this is not a quick balance job, it take time and will usually cost about 2 hours of labor. Hope this helps, and let me know what you decide to do, thanks.

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      ROBERT MACKEY 

      12 months ago

      my car vibrates when i drive. the faster i drive the faster the car vibrates but i doesn't vibrates in turns. i replaced brakes, rotors, balancing and alignment.

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      Sherri 

      12 months ago

      My SUV shakes the faster I drive, it seems. No steering wheel vibrations. I drive on the highway a lot, usually 75 mph. When I'm alone, the shaking causes the passenger seat to vibrate like crazy. It seems like the tires sound funny sometimes. Sorry, I know nothing about cars. We have 2 new tires on the front. Our vehicle has been vibrating since we bought it. Before the new tires and after.

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      Dakota 

      12 months ago

      So I forgot to mention that I had already ruled out tire balancing. I had them balanced and inspected for dents or bends in the rim as well. I had the cv axles replaced in march and they look good still, no cracks in the boots or fluid leaking, as well as no clicking or noises when turning, Im not sure if that is where the cv joints come into play but I did have that done within the past year, How do I check to see if that is the issue? Very frustrating stuff.

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      Jessica Rowen 

      12 months ago

      I drive a 2014 dodge journey. I had new tires put on 2 days ago and on my way home my steering wheel began to wobble or vibrate. It stopped after a few kms it stopped. Then a few kms later did it again. I slowed down but the same thing kept happening every few kms.

      I had all 4 tires rebalanced hoping that would solve the problem, but it did not. Any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dakota,

      I think you have two separate issues. I recommend starting with a tire balance and see if the vibration at 40 mph goes away, at this point your mechanic will have a good look at the tires. If that vibration goes away, I recommend inspecting the inner CV joints for leaking or play in the joints. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Dakota 

      12 months ago

      Okay, so my steering wheel shakes only when accelerating between 60-70 mph, if I'm coasting with the cruise set in that range there is no shake, also, it shakes at 40-45 if I'm not giving it throttle. Any ideas? Again, 60-70 shakes when on throttle, push the clutch in and it stops, but at 40-45 its quite the opposite, shakes when not giving it throttle and stops when you do.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Squirral,

      I recommend having all components checked before replacing the axles. Worn inner CV joints will vibrate on hard acceleration but not usually when cruising at a steady speed. It sounds like your tires may be the problem, what condition are the in?

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      Squirral 

      12 months ago from South dakota

      My car shakes pretty bad anything over 40mph but gets worse when i let up off the gas pedal it also seems to come and go? we are about to order two new cv axles to replace but cant seem to find anythkn wrong when you take a look under the car . There is a clunk that comes from passanger side wheel as well.. when abruptly turnig the wheel eaithet way do you think it is the cv axles?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jacques,

      I highly doubt it's the rims, but could very well be the tires. Vibrations on acceleration are usually caused by worn inner CV joints, but if it's vibrating at highway speeds at a steady throttle you can rule out CV joints. Which driveshaft did they replace, a front axle or the driveshaft going from front to rear?

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      Jacques Meiring 

      13 months ago

      Hi Eddie, hope u r well. My Honda CRV 2013 (just over 100000kms on the clock) has developed a shudder or vibration that is giving very prevelant and annoying feedback on the steering wheel and also when accelerating. It started out very faint back in Feb of this year and now it has deteriorated that I can feel it at all speeds but especially at speeds exceeding 120km/h when it becomes almost undriveable. Honda South Africa has replaced so many parts it may sound like a fairetale, eg drive shaft, gear box, front shocks, etc. Then recently they claim it must be the wheels themselves ie rims and tyres. I obtained three other expert opinions stating by inspection it's not the rims, so before I replace my now 50000 km old tyres I wanted to just check with you as well perhaps. We just returned from a holiday and I must admit that there is quite a hollow wobbly type sound eminating from the Cross Continental tyres (not sure if front or back though) so it may just be those. I really cannot afford to replace rims and tyres and I'd hate to be disappointed again.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      13 months 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 

      13 months 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 

      13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Do your wheels require centering rings at the hub?

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      Steering wheel wobble 

      13 months 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 

      14 months ago

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

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      Dusty 

      14 months 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 

      14 months 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 

      14 months 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 

      14 months 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 

      14 months 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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