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5 Causes of Steering Wheel Shakes at Low and High Speeds

October 16, 2016 | General Repair Info

4. ENGINE

Although this one may not make sense at first, stopping to think about it gives great insight. Engine problems manifested through shaking can be felt throughout the entire car, but it’s usually the steering wheel which will give you a heads-up before that happens. Problems with air induction, fuel delivery or spark-related issues can disrupt the car from running smoothly, resulting in a distinct vibration from the engine compartment. This symptom is not that common, but it can happen, so be wary.

5.  BRAKES 

When it comes to safety, the main priority are the brakes. A broken engine may not allow you to drive the car, but faulty brakes will fail to stop the car, which is way more dangerous.

Braking and Steering Wheel Shakes

Below are some causes of steering wheel shakes on brake systems, this problem will occur especially when you apply brakes

Rotor Discs – Violent shaking through the steering wheel when braking indicates that the rotors are probably warped or worn out. If skimming the rotor doesn’t work, replace them altogether.

If you apply pressure to the brake pedal and notice that your steering wheel starts to shake, this could be a sign that your brake rotors are going bad. Of course, there are many reasons why a steering wheel could be shaking, especially if it only happens while driving at a particular speed. But if it just happens while putting pressure on the brake pedal, then it is more than likely due to a problem with the brake rotors.

Every time you press down on the brake pedal with your foot, the vehicle slows down because the brake pads clamp together and go into the rotors as they’re spinning. But if the rotors are worn out or not installed correctly, then it will cause the calipers of the braking system to vibrate. Once that happens, the vibration travels through the components that are connected to the calipers and then into the steering wheel. The final result is a vibrating steering wheel each time you step on the brake pedal.

Brake pads – As we knows the front brake systems are connected to knuckle arm, and knuckle arm connected together with steering rack end and continue to the steering coulumn then steering wheel. So if the rotor disc still in good condition, the possible cause of steering wheel shakes when braking is comes from brake pads.

Calipers – The brake caliper it self can also be responsible for some vibrations too, but it’s usually only present in older cars. In this scenario, the steering wheel will only start vibrating at 50 mph or so, followed by a burning smell. It’s best to stop the car and avoid driving it at this point until you get the issue fixed.

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