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

Updated on January 8, 2017
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33 years in the automotive business, Honda, ASE certified master technician. Willing to spill my guts about everything I have learned.

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 11 days 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 2 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      DRG41 2 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 2 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 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Awesome Jamie,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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      Scott 4 months ago

      Eddie

      I have an Astra which is 10 years old and done around 42,000 miles. The steering wheel starts to shake as soon as i hit 70mph.. Not a moment before. I dont have much car knowlege or experience. Can you advice what to do? As i dont have much cash and dont want ripped off. Kind regards Scott

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Altaf,

      How did it drive after the balance?

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      altaf sarang 4 months ago

      today i went to balance the wheel

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      I think you should have your mechanic rotate the new tires to the front and see if it makes a difference. At least you'll know if the vibration has changed and then you can look a bit further into the situation.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Inner CV joints only vibrate on acceleration, usually.

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      Eric 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your reply.

      All of my tires are new, and the car is only driven around 10x a month to run errands only. Anyhow, I'll have it checked again, because we're up for a long drive this weekend.

      Thanks again!

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      Kelly 4 months ago

      My steering wheel vibrates at 60/65+ MPH and when I turn left at slower speeds it makes a wub, wub, wub noise (only way to describe it). A year ago my mom hit a curb on my front passenger side and the tire was replaced under warranty (only that tire). I recently noticed the front driver side tire was getting lots of wear on the inside so I had 2 new tires put on thinking that was the cause of the vibration and noise. They ended up moving the back tires to the front and putting the new tires on the back. They said they balanced and aligned all 4 tires. I still have the shaking and noise. My regular mechanic thinks that they either didn't do the alignment and balance or didn't do it correctly... What are your thoughts?

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      Just replaced all 4 new tires on my Nissan Max 2008 - Vehicle shakes and the gas peddle vibrates at 60mph 4 months ago

      Tire has been balanced twice.

      Currently looking at the shaft and the right axle boot

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Eric,

      The sway bar won't cause a vibration, it really only stops body roll around corners. I suspect a tire issue.

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      Eric 4 months ago

      Hi there!

      I feel wheel vibration thru the steering wheel at 90-100kph. I did a wheel alignment and balancing, but I still feel it. When I had my suspension checked, everything is fine except for the worn out stabilizer link assemblies on the front side. Does it have something to do with vibration?

      Thanks in advance for your time and response.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pratik,

      I recommend a second opinion, the price seems a little high for just pads and rotors.

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      Pratik Rao 4 months ago

      RE: Hi Pratic,

      Thanks for the update :) What was the quote for? Rotor and pads, 4 wheel alignment, and tires?

      Hi Eddie,

      Bingo!! He said don't worry about the tires because its not a very serious issue. But the rotors have to be changed ASAP.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pratic,

      Thanks for the update :) What was the quote for? Rotor and pads, 4 wheel alignment, and tires?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Orlando,

      In this situation, I recommend putting the original wheels back on or swap wheels with another vehicle that does not shake and see if the vibration goes away. Or try rotating the tires on the vehicle to see if the vibration changes. Do your aftermarket wheels have centering rings?

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      Pratik Rao 4 months ago

      RE:Hi Pratik,

      The pull could be cause by a defective tire. The steering wheel being off center is caused by your alignment being out of spec (doing an alignment will center the steering wheel, so I'm not sure what kind of alignment check you got). The binding on turns could be a bent steering rack or steering component, you'll need to have that checked on a lift by a mechanic. Hope this helps, and let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hey Eddie,

      Had been to Firestone. He said there's a wear in tire hence the pull and steering wheel angle issue. And the rotors are totally damaged hence the shake and vibration. He gave a quote of $700.

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      Orlando P 4 months ago

      I have a Toyota Tundra and I have had Toyota check my truck and nothing. I have my car shake and wobble at all speeds. I've done allignments, balancing, break and suspension inspections. Toyota says is because I have after market rims. I have a couple friends with after market rims and does not rise like my truck any help?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Terance,

      Was the vibration there before the work was done? Did you check for a sticking caliper at that wheel? Has the vibration changed at all since the work was done?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Frann,

      It all depends on how out of balance the wheels are. I have balanced wheel that needed no weights, but typically each wheel will have only two weights, one on the inside of the rim and one on the outside of the rim. Let me know if this helps.

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      Tarance 4 months ago

      I have a Volvo v40 2001 when i drive my right passenger tire feel like its shaking bad when i get to 60 an even crazy at 70 to 80 i got a inner tire rod a cv axle an alignment and a tire balance an still havr problems help please

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      FrannC 4 months ago

      How many weights should each tire have?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      The brakes could cause a vibration if you had a sticking caliper or if the vibration was when braking, but your vibration is while driving at a steady speed so I recommend starting out with a tire balance and see if the vibration improves or changes. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      I recommend checking your rear driveshaft u-joints, and if there is a center carrier bearing, check that as well. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Matthew Roscoe 5 months ago

      My car has no vibration driving untill I reach 70 mph, then it feels like my front tires are shaking really bad. I think I'm due for new rotors and brakes. Could that be the problem? Thanks

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      Mike 5 months ago

      2004 AWD dodge dakota. Vibration through whole vehicle starting at ~30mph and gets faster as the truck drives faster. Not causing the steering wheel to turn side to side. Just started all of a sudden one day. Switched from winter rims and tires to different set of summer rims and tires (all stock rims and tire size), and the truck is still doing the exact same vibration. Ball joints were all replaced several months before vibration began too.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pratik,

      The pull could be cause by a defective tire. The steering wheel being off center is caused by your alignment being out of spec (doing an alignment will center the steering wheel, so I'm not sure what kind of alignment check you got). The binding on turns could be a bent steering rack or steering component, you'll need to have that checked on a lift by a mechanic. Hope this helps, and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jay,

      Can you describe the noise on speed bumps? Is it a metal clunk, a thump, a creak??? The squeak at start up is most likely a loose engine belt.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dale,

      Any time you need to use spacers it can cause vibration issues, but your vibration is in the steering, which leads me to believe that it's the front wheels. Your other wheel didn't vibrate but the new ones do so I'm going to have to say it's the new front rims causing the vibration. Do you have a shop in town that has a Hunter RoadForce machine? If the tires are not seated completely on the bead it will cause a vibration too, hopefully the tech use an ample amount of lube and set the bead properly. I doubt driving it for a few days will make the vibration go away.

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      Pratik 5 months ago

      Hi I recently bought a used car from friend. I found a few minor issues.

      The steering shakes while driving. When I leave the steering while driving, it comes to rest at an angle and not as expected. Also, the car pulls to right side while driving. I need to hold it at around 3-4 degrees left to keep going straight. I also noticed that after turning left, the steering wheel rotation isn't normal as compared to right turns. I have to force it manually.

      I got the alignment checked so I'm sure alignment isn't the issue.

      Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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      Jay juar3z 5 months ago

      I have a question my car makes a weird noise when i drive on a speed bump it doesnt sqeak its hard to explain and also my steering shakes when i turn my car on why is that?

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      Dale 5 months ago

      Hi I read all of this it was helpful, but my diluis I have a 2013 2SS Camaro I bought new and I've only put 7800 miles on it to this day it's mint. I finally found a real nice set of rims from zeba through gwg wheels , the fronts were 20x8.5 I was able to stay with that exact size on front , the rears staggered were 20x9 I put on 20x10 , and I used all my original tires cause they were in great shape , crazy though the back rims hit caliper had to put quarter inch spacers no choice . But now I have a small but irritating shaking through steering wheel and shifter. One of the tire guys said yeah 2 of the rims were egg shaped out of round , they are brand new I have bought many rims and I don't buy that at all I mean I could see 1 but not 2 , so I'm thinking they need balanced truly by laser , or maybe the 2 1/4 inch spacers but there in back I doo think so , or maybe being that the back tires were on a 9 inch rim this whole time and now have been put on a 10" rim that's tread on now that's never seen the road . He said drive it a couple of days and see if it stops , said everything new except tires that everything needs to seat . And the retighten everything . Any thought would be greatly appreciated thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bella,

      I recommend starting out with a tire balance, hopefully this wil take care of most of you vibration problem, if not, you'll need to dig a bit deeper. Let me know if a tire balance helps, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alan,

      I can't tell you what is causing this vibration, but I doubt it is an axle. Axles usually cause vibrations on acceleration only, not at ready cruising speeds. I also doubt it is a wheel bearing is there is no wheel bearing noises or play in any of the bearings, It's possible you have a bad tire, new or not. Have you had the tires RoadForced yet? Is there a shop in town that has a RoadForce machine?

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      Bella 5 months ago

      Hello

      I have a Peugeot 207 58 plate with 74k mileage. I don't really use it for long distances like on the motorway. But recently used it on the motorway and whenever I get to 70mph my steering vibrates. So I don't end up going over 60mph. Haven't been mechanics yet, could this be tires not balanced or alignment? Plus where we live there's a few potholes and draines covers on the road when I go over it feels like my car losses it's balance.And it's automatic. Please advise?

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      Alan Smith 5 months ago

      I have a 2011 Toyota Avensis and I'm suffering from a pulsating/cyclical judder/vibration from 65mph upwards. It isn't noticeable at low speeds, there is no wheel bearing noise, but it does get worse when turning the wheel slightly right and then eases completely when turning the wheel slightly left.

      I've had the wheels re-balanced, the alignment corrected, 4 new tyres, new brake discs, new brake pads and new brake slider pins (one of the old pins wasn't released causing uneven brake pad wear) but the issue remains. I've checked and re-checked that the tyre pressures are okay.

      The mechanic says that the bushings, CV joints, suspension parts etc are all perfectly fine and that the only other culprit may be the right side drive shaft needed replacement.

      The wheel bearing hub is a sealed unit and has been discounted as there is no noise at all and no excess play, only this vibration/judder when the steering wheel is edged rightwards. But reading up on the internet, it sounds like a faulty left side wheel bearing would cause vibration when turning slightly right but disappearing when turning slightly left, which is exactly what I've got.

      Should I try a new wheel bearing first or go straight for a new drive shaft?