My Steering Wheel Shakes When I'm Driving; What's Wrong?
So, there you are, cruising down the highway listening to a podcast or your favorite music, and you notice that something is wrong with your car. The source might not be obvious at first, but as you drive, you realize that the steering wheel is shaking as you make your way down the road. You hope it is just because the pavement is poorly maintained, but then the shaking persists even when you're on a stretch of smooth asphalt. That's when you say to yourself, "My steering wheel shakes when I'm driving. What's wrong?"
We wish we had a simple answer for you, but, as you know, a car is not a simple machine, nor do we live in a simple world. There are many possible causes for a shaking steering wheel, and they range from not too bad to borderline life-threatening. You'll need to address any of them because, like wayward children, even the minor problems can devolve into serious issues if left unattended.
The good news is that virtually all steering wheel vibration problems are relatively easy to diagnose because they are common. One big clue that can help in the diagnosis is what you are doing when the vibration occurs. Does the steering wheel vibration happen when you drive straight at normal speed, when you are turning, or when you are using the brakes to slow to a stop?