Ever found yourself driving, only to notice your car steering wheel shaking like a hairless dog on a cold day the moment you hit the brakes? Your immediate thought may be that you’ve driven onto a series of reflectors on a highway. That’s one possibility, although it is more likely that there is something wrong with your car. So why does your steering wheel shake when driving? A busted motor, bent rims or loose lug nuts? There are a number of possible answers and some more common than others.
Vibrations in the steering column can happen for a number of reasons. In most cases, it’s likely that you have a problem with your brake rotor. If your brake disc’s warped, been improperly installed or has uneven wear, the brake callipers will begin to vibrate when the brakes are applied. This vibration is then transferred to the steering column through the front-end components that the callipers are bolted to.
Fortunately, once you have determined that the damaged car rotor is the cause, solving your issue is simple. If the brake discs are beyond repair we will need to replace them, otherwise we could probably have them straightened out instead. If you’re confused as to why they are vibrating seeing as you have had them recently installed, it is most probably the case that they were not mounted to the axle suitably. Having said this, we will be able to run a simple test for a more definitive diagnosis. Brake discs in good working order should be able to move freely and make a complete rotation without any signs of resistance.
Another cause of shaking could be to do with your wheel alignments. It is often the case that when a car has a major alignment problem, which can be identified by the constant pulling, your wheels are out of balance. In which case, you would need to take your car into us to make them more stable.
When your steering wheel begins to shake as you apply the brakes, chances are you are going to need someone to look at it fairly soon. How soon depends on a number of factors, including the cause of the shakes. You may decide to ignore the problem, in which case you could get away with leaving it for months or even years. If it was caused by a loose lug nut, however, you’ll be fortunate to make it around the corner with your car in one piece.
In times like this it is better to be safe than sorry. So if you begin to notice that your car steering wheel shakes as you brake, bring your vehicle in to us at the Bodyshop. Our team of highly skilled technicians will be more than happy to look over your car for you.