July 6, 2013

Vibration in Steering Wheel

Symptoms of Car Problems: Vibration in steering wheel while driving at a certain speed.

Troubleshooting car problems: Vibration in steering wheel happens when there is an imbalanced front wheel or a loose front end parts. Usually an imbalance front wheels is more likely to happen than a loose front end parts, the wheel will become imbalance when the weight of the wheel is not distributed evenly throughout the wheel, it means that there is a heavy spots somewhere on the wheel making it to rotate unevenly that triggers vibration especially when a car reached a certain speed. This vibration may then be transmitted into the steering wheel through the steering linkage.

As you may not know a wheel is usually imbalance but it is corrected during assembly by adding a certain “wheel weights” to become balance. During running the wheel weights may falls off, when this happens the wheel will become imbalance. On the other hand, another cause of vibration in steering wheel is a loose front end parts such as tie rods and ball joints. Those parts will vibrates when loose, and the vibration will become severe especially when the car runs at certain speed.

Cause of car problem: Imbalanced front wheel or loose front end parts.

Free Car Diagnostic Recommendations: The first thing to do when vibration in steering wheel happens is to have the front wheel balanced. Usually this fixed the problem. But if the problem still occurs after wheel balancing then it is time to bring the car to a shop and have a mechanic inspect the front end of the car for any looseness and repair if necessary.