Why Is My Steering Wheel Shaking?

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You may be concerned if you’ve noticed your steering wheel is shaking. While there can be several causes for this issue, the most common reason is because of the alignment of your tires. Luckily, this is a relatively quick and affordable fix. Still, you’ll want to bring your vehicle in for service to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on, and to correct any issues before there is lasting damage.

Top Five Reasons for a Vibrating Steering Wheel

While alignment issues are the most common answer to the question, “Why is my steering wheel vibrating?” There are other causes to consider as well, such as:

  • Unbalanced Wheels: The weight distributed to your tires is important. If weight isn’t evenly distributed, you’ll feel the vehicle vibrating. This is more likely the case in vehicles with lightweight suspension systems. Make sure to have this corrected to avoid future issues with your vehicle’s shocks, struts, and other steering components.
  • Misalignment: Separate from balance issues, improper positioning of your vehicle’s wheels can also be a cause. One sure sign of misalignment is if you notice uneven tire tread. You’ll want to correct the problem, and then avoid obstacles like potholes so you don’t recreate the issue.
  • Brake Issues: If you notice your steering wheel shakes when slowing down, the issue lies within your brakes. Problems like defective brake discs, worn brake pads, and even worn shocks can be the cause.
  • Bad Bearings: If your bearings lack lubrication or are otherwise damaged they can cause friction. This, in turn, creates the shaking of your steering wheel. However, this only causes the wheel to shake when turning. In many cases, a simple cleaning can restore function, but occasionally, the bearings need to be replaced.
  • Suspension Issues: If parts are worn, loose, or the driveshaft is imbalanced, this could be the cause. While these aren’t complicated fixes, they can cause further damage if they’re not addressed in time.

Correct Vehicle Issues at Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted’s Service Center

If you need help to correct your shaking steering wheel, schedule an appointment at the Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted service center! We’ll check over your vehicle and correct the issue, so you can get back on Westlake and Avon roads quickly. Check out our service specials to ensure you get the best price we can offer!

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