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Feb 19, 2008

Steering Wheel Vibration at High Speed

Steering wheel vibration at high speed is the result of the problem that involves front suspension. It usually occurs when the car reaches high speed the steering wheel is shaking. This is the result of the problem mainly on the front end because it is where the steering wheel is connected.


There are two common reason causing the steering wheel to vibrate especially at high speed, first is the imbalance front wheel and the second is a loose front end parts.

Imbalance Front Wheel
Imbalance front wheel happens if the weight of the wheel is not evenly distributed throughout the wheel,  it will cause the wheel to rotate unevenly and creates vibration. This vibration will be transferred directly thru the steering linkage and cause steering wheel vibration the vibration becomes extreme when driving at high speed in which can easily be notice by the driver. So what causes the wheel to become imbalance.

The wheel will become imbalance if the wheel weights is detached. Wheel weights is the small metal attached to the wheel when the wheel is subjected to balancing during assembly to even out the imbalance during the manufacture of tire and wheel.

Loose Front End Parts
Likewise if the car front end parts like the ball joints or tie rods is loose, it will create vibration that will be transferred up to the steering wheel and can easily be noticed by the driver especially at a certain speed.

Possible Cause of Steering Wheel Vibration at High Speed
1. Imbalance front wheel
2. Loose Front End Parts

Read also: Steering Wheel Shakes While Driving

What to do?
Steering wheel vibration problem is 70% cause of imbalanced front wheel than that of the loose front end Parts.

So, the first thing to do is bring car to the tire shop, asks the technician to balance the front wheel. It will not cost much but it will probably fix the problem of steering wheel vibration.

But if the problem is not corrected, then you are part of the 30% that have a loose front end parts. Bring the car to the repair shop and asks the mechanic to inspect the front end for any loose components. Repair or replace the affected parts is there is any.

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