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Why Is My Steering Wheel Pulsating?

A shaky steering wheel is never normal; in fact, it can be highly concerning. If you are uneasy and worried about your car, then the best solution is to take it to Desi Auto Care for an inspection. Luckily, the fix is usually relatively straightforward. Let's look at some of the potential causes of a vibrating steering wheel.

Common Causes of a Vibrating Steering Wheel

There are a few possible reasons for your vehicle's shakiness. Each issue comes with its auxiliary problems and concerns. If you suspect that you may have one of these issues, it is highly recommended that you mention your concerns to your mechanic.

Unbalanced Wheels

This problem is the most common cause we see at our shop for a vibrating steering wheel. Your vehicle's weight has not been correctly and evenly distributed if your wheels have been poorly rotated. The uneven distribution causes parts of your car to vibrate, especially the rod leading to your steering column. If ignored, this can lead to more issues with your tires, shocks, and struts.

Misaligned Wheels

Another common explanation for a pulsing steering wheel is misaligned wheels. Wheel misalignment is often caused by consistently driving on rough terrains, such as on rocky roads or over potholes. You may also remark uneven wear on your tire treads as a result of the misalignment.

Bad Bearings 

Bearings are considered "bad" if they are cracked, worn, or improperly lubricated. Faulty bearings cause friction on your wheels and can make it challenging to complete vehicle turns. To fix this, you will need to replace your bearings to alleviate the symptom.

Faulty Brakes

If you experience the pulsations on your steering wheel whenever you come to a stop, then the problem may be traced back to your brakes. The primary cause is likely worn shocks, brake pads, or brake discs. A build-up of debris and contaminants on the surfaces of your brakes can also cause your system to malfunction. If the issue is brake-related, you must bring your vehicle to a mechanic immediately, as brake issues can be highly hazardous for yourself and other drivers.

Old Suspension

Shaking may be caused by normal wear and tear or sudden damage to your suspension system. Your steering wheel may also bounce if there's an imbalance in your driveshaft.


You can never be sure of the origin of the problem unless your vehicle gets diagnosed by a expert professional. If you are experiencing an unstable steering wheel, we welcome you to bring your car to Desi Auto Care. Our technicians can conduct a full point inspection and repair what is necessary to have you back on the road safely again. Give us a call or visit our shop in Stratford, NJ today.

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