Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake When I Drive Fast AND Hit The Brakes

Posted in Brake & Suspension | Asked on Apr 23, 2010

When i’m driving relatively fast (65 mph or faster) my steering wheel starts to shake. It also shakes when I hit the brakes from fast speeds (for example, when I am getting off the highway). Any ideas on what that is?

Other symptoms my car is having and all seemed to start at the same time….

When I drive on a bumpy road at slow speeds I can hear something bumping under my car.. sounds like metal bouncing up and down… loose exhaust?

When I turn the wheel all the way to the left it makes a metal grinding noise (imagine turning the wheel all the way to the left, and start driving slowly from a complete standstill).

Any ideas? I don’t know if ALL of the above has to do with eachother.. but it all seemed to start at the same time.

There are 18 Answers for "Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake When I Drive Fast AND Hit The Brakes"

  1. starflame99 says:

    it is ur tires…. they need to be replaced and also…. just get ur steering column checked out

  2. carguy says:

    For the shaking steering wheel its your ties. The bump is probably a shock that needs tightened up. And when you turn its your tires rubbing the inner wheel well. My brothers truck does the same thing. Go to a mechanic and get it all straightend out.

  3. groverraj says:

    You need an alignment and tire rotation, assuming your tires are good. Re: brakes… your may need new brake rotors.

  4. brain says:

    Cheap tires

  5. Polecat says:

    Sounds like you need new rotors, and check your steering rack assembly, CV boots, etc.

  6. Mr. KnowItAll says:

    Lost a wheel weight and your tire is out of ballance.
    AND
    You have a warped/cracked brake rotor.

  7. anica2831 says:

    you should get your tires rotated…and u might need to get something done to your power stearing

  8. Undecided says:

    check break roters and C V joints

  9. Rich says:

    steering wheel shakes at higher speeds are often caused by your tires getting worn, warped or just mismatching. Getting new tires often solves this. The shaking when you’re braking can be caused by warped brake pads or bad rotors or bad calipers needing adjustments. You need to redo or check your front brakes specifically.
    These are just the most likely things in my opinion

  10. duckgrabber says:

    It could be one of two things, or both. First is you likley have a warped disc on your front brakes. Second is you might have tires that are out of balance. I’d get it looked at–bad brakes are dangerous and not something to leave unfixed. Good news is none of this is likely to be super expensive.

    Kent iN SD

  11. bailey2204@sbcglobal.net says:

    you have bad rioters

  12. pearl says:

    with the steering wheel shaking it sounds like your front brake rotors are warped. you can either get them cut down or buy new ones.

    more than likely they will need to be replaced.

    as for the grinding noise… can’t help ya with that.

  13. undrgroundskat3r says:

    you need to get your wheels alligned

  14. JT B ford man says:

    First thing is your tires are out of balance .Second sounds like your shocks are shot, And third your aliment is out. The grinding you here maybe your brake pads are low, Have them checked out, hope this helps.

  15. El Newyorican says:

    bad alignment and check your rotors

  16. jpcook says:

    you have different problems the shake at 65 -tires need balanced the vibration when braking is warped brake rotors you should have them machined if possible or replaced and the noises of the front sounds like strut mounts/bearings

  17. Bill says:

    Shaking/pulsating when hitting the brakes are most likely warped rotors. If you can feel it in the steering wheel, it is the front. A good way to find out which (front or rear) is hold the parking brake release button, and use the parking brake to slow down. If it shakes, it is the rear rotors/drums. Be sure to apply the parking brake slowly, and make sure nobody is behind you, as your brake lights will not come on while doing this.
    If you have shaking WITHOUT applying the brakes, and it only happens when you reach a certain speed, it is most likely tire balance. Get your tires balanced and rotated. Good luck.

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