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What Causes My Steering Wheel To Shake At High Speeds?

What causes my steering wheel to shake at high speeds? Someone from our reader asks us this question, well the problem is usually because of loose or faulty front end components. But it may also a result of over inflated tires.

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How to determine what causes vibration in the steering wheel? 
The first thing to check is the tire pressure because it is the easiest to do, using the tire pressure gauge check the tire pressure of the front tire. Compare the reading to the value indicated on the vehicle owner’s manual. If the reading is significantly higher than the recommended value then an over inflated tire is causing the steering wheel to shakes. Tires that is over inflated will not hug the road well which have a tendency to bounce around while the car is driven, the bouncing will then be transferred to the steering wheel especially during high speeds.

However if the tire pressure is the same as the recommended value then over inflation is not a problem but rather a loose or faulty front end components like that of the tie rod end, ball joints, and control arms.
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Possible cause of steering shakes
1. Over inflated tires.
2. Loose front end components.

What to do?
Over inflated tires
If you identify that the problem is the over inflated front tire just correct the tire pressure according to the requirement of the car manufacturer. Let some air loose on each front tire to be equal to the pressure indicated on the car owner’s manual. Usually there is an sticker of tire label placard located on the driver side of the car, it indicates the correct inflation pressure according to the loading requirements of the car.

Loose front end components
If the problem is a loose front end components then bring the car to the repair shop, asks the mechanic to check the front end parts for any loose and repair or replace if necessary.

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