Tire and Steering Wheel Vibration Repair

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 28 Jun, 2017

Steering wheel vibrations
Issues involving steering wheel vibration problems are usually most noticeable at two narrow speed ranges (5-10mph and 60-70mph), and will decrease significantly – sometimes even disappear – outside of these ranges. The amount of vibration caused by worn tires will often be seen over a broader speed range if the tire is worn more. The severity of the vibration is directly related to the vehicle’s speed. The speed range at which the vibration is felt is also directly related to the amount of wear the tires have endured. Sometimes, “wobbles” can be felt at low speeds, for example. These are mostly caused by bent wheels, tires with shifted belts (also referred to as “runout”), and suspension/alignment issues.

Tire or Wheel Vibrations

Broken Belt
When a belt is broken inside of a tire it will cause the tire to “bounce” since it is unable to keep its form. Think of a tire without a broken belt as a baseball, and the tire with a broken belt as a stress ball.

Slipped Belt
A slipped belt causes a tire to “wobble,” and the steering wheel to shake.

Wheel Balance  (out of round, bent, excessive wear, uneven tread, etc)
Usually, neither tires nor wheels are perfect. This is the reason why wheels are balanced whenever tires are replaced, and then rebalanced periodically as they wear. Driving with unbalanced wheels long enough can and will cause flat spots in the tire, which will cause it to constantly vibrate.

Suspension & Alignment

Excessively worn suspension components will effect the way in which the tire contacts the road. This is due to the fact that if any component (ball-joint, tie-rod, wheel bearing, etc) has excessive play, it affects the position because it may make maintaining proper alignment impossible. It may also cause other problems not related to wheel balance and wear.

Bad alignment is the cause of many tread wear problems that will create vibration issues even if the wheels are perfectly balanced.

Blog Categories

Recent Posts

By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
If you take your car to a dealership for service, you will get OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. If you go to an independent shop, you will most likely (though not necessarily) get aftermarket parts. Many people assume that OEM is better, and worry that aftermarket parts may not be up to par. Is there any truth to this belief? Or does it make sense to save money by using aftermarket parts? What’s the difference, anyway? Here’s what you should know.
By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
Today’s gas stations offer a variety of options, from unleaded fuel with a range of octane ratings to diesel fuel. Sometimes higher-octane choices have names such as Super, Plus, Super Plus, Premium, or Super Premium. With so many different types of gas to choose from, you might wonder what happens if you select the wrong one. What happens if you use the wrong gas depends on what kind of engine you have and which specific fuel you use.
By Morgan Gertler 04 Oct, 2017
Extreme weather is a fact of life, and now is the time to get prepared. While regular car maintenance is always essential, different weather events make certain problems more likely to occur. Here are 4 tips for handling whatever extreme weather might come your way.
By Morgan Gertler 30 Aug, 2017
Visibility is a major key to safe, defensive driving, but many people overlook it when caring for their cars. Maximizing visibility is essential even when driving in sunny conditions, but it can quickly become a matter of life and death when dealing with rain, fog, or snow. Fortunately, a few simple maintenance tasks can dramatically improve visibility.
By Morgan Gertler 30 Aug, 2017
Gasoline is a necessary ongoing expense for vehicle owners, and many people are looking for ways to save at the pump. You probably already know that premium fuel is an unnecessary expense for those whose cars do not require it, but you may be skeptical of switching to an off brand. Will cheap gas harm your car? Here is what you should know.
More Posts
Share by: