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Why is My Steering Wheel Shaking?

C-Class Sedan Steering Wheel

One of the most common questions our service team gets asked is, “Why is my steering wheel shaking?” If your steering wheel is shaking, there can be one or more issues at play. However, the most common cause is unbalanced tires. When your car’s tires are unbalanced, the steering wheel will often vibrate, or even the entire vehicle. Read on to learn more about the causes of a shaking steering wheel and how we can help!

What Are the Causes of a Shaking Steering Wheel?

If your steering wheel shakes, it can most likely be chalked up to one of the five following problems:

  1. Unbalanced Tires: When your car’s tires are unbalanced, weight distribution is also unbalanced. This causes the vehicle to vibrate, especially at highway speeds. In this case, steering wheel shaking is even more noticeable if the car has a lightweight suspension system. Failing to address this issue can result in damage to your car’s suspension components.
  2. Misaligned Wheels: Your car’s wheels also need to be properly positioned. If you’re usually careful when crossing railroad tracks and take care to avoid potholes, you can more easily avoid throwing your wheels out of alignment. One tell-tale sign that your wheels are misaligned is uneven tread wear.
  3. Bad Wheel Bearings: When the wheel bearings become damaged or aren’t properly lubricated, the resulting friction can cause steering wheel shaking. If this is indeed the problem, the wheel won’t shake all the time — just during turns. Sometimes, simply cleaning the bearings can stop the shaking, but if there’s damage, you’ll need to bring your vehicle in for service.
  4. Suspension Problems: Damaged or loose suspension components or an imbalanced driveshaft can be the causes of steering wheel shaking. Whatever the case, you shouldn’t postpone these repairs. They’re fairly simple fixes, and our team can have you back on Rye roads in no time.
  5. Brake Problems: Does your steering wheel shake when you slow your speed? If so, the problem may be the brake system. Warped brake rotors or damaged brake calipers, pads, discs, or shocks can be the cause. If you suspect your brakes are damaged, don’t wait — schedule a service visit at Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich today!
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Rely On Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich for Expert Mercedes-Benz Service

Whether you need service for a new or Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz, our service center near Stamford and New Canaan has you covered. Our certified technicians use nothing but genuine Mercedes-Benz parts during repairs and maintenance for the best possible quality. When you say to us, “my steering wheel shakes,” we’ll know just where to look for the root cause of the problem. Contact us with any questions about our service menu or service specials!

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