One of the more distracting and annoying things that could happen to a driver is uncontrollable shaking and vibration in their steering wheel. Not only is it annoying, it can impact your driving which is hazardous to not only yourself but other drivers on the road. The primary cause for the uncontrollable shakiness in your steering wheel is a problem rooted from your tires; however, it may not be the sole reason, and there could be some other factors that are contributing to the shaking.

Improper Wheels Positioning

If you drive on terrain that is bumpy, ridged, or on a road that has many potholes, the problem with your steering wheel could be rooted in the suspension and alignment of your wheels. Misalignment is bound to happen to every car that has been on the road for extended periods of time, but it can accelerate the issue when you consistently test your suspension by driving over railroad tracks or any other surface that will make your car bounce. To determine whether misalignment is the culprit for your vibrating steering wheel, check the tread on your tires; you may discover that the inside track of your tire is completely worn down, while the outer part of your tire is untouched. You can also tell if the misalignment is the cause of your shaking if you are driving straight and your car is leaning either to the left or right.

Wheel Bearings

Your wheel bearings are an essential component to a comfortable and smooth driving experience. What happens is, when your wheel bearings are worn, or lack lubrication, it can lead to a vibrating or shaking steering wheel. The purpose of your wheel bearings is to allow the wheel to spin and turn without impediment and to help hold the weight of your vehicle. Damaged bearings will have adverse effects on your steering axis which will impair your ability to hold your steering wheel still. You can tell if wheel bearings are affecting your steering wheel if you hear a weird noise coming from your tires. Primarily, if wheel bearings are the issue causing the shaking, it should predominantly occur when you turn your steering wheel and less so when driving in a straight line. If your bearings are worn or damaged; they should be replaced immediately.

Brakes

Problems that occur with your brakes are amongst the easiest to diagnose. If you only experience a shaky steering wheel when you apply your brakes, there’s a very good chance that they are worn out, or the rotors are warped. If you feel that your brakes are interfering with your ability to drive, you should bring your car in for repairs immediately, the last thing you want is to be driving and having your brakes fail altogether.

Never disregard the shaky conditions of your steering wheel. Issues can range from small to major. However, leaving them alone and expecting them to go away can end up costing you hundreds of dollars in damages and could impact your driving skills.