Steering wheel shakes are both irritating and highly dangerous at both low and high speeds. Causes of steering wheel shakes can differ depending on the components in your car and when the shake occurs. Keep in mind, that what causes a car to shake at 50 mph, may not be what causes it to shake at 20 mph.


To find out what is causing the shake, bring your car to AA Auto Tech. We can inspect the steering wheel to discover the problem and find a solution. To schedule automotive service, contact us at 651-437-2218.


The most common reason for a car to shake is imbalanced tires. If the tires are out of balance, then the steering wheel can shake. The shaking starts at around 50-55 miles per hour (mph). The problem progressively gets worse at 60 mph, but the vehicle's performance becomes smooth as you drive faster.


Fixing the problem is both inexpensive and easy. An AA Auto Tech mechanic can rotate and balance the tires to stop the shaking. A balanced car will handle better and keep your tires from wearing out faster.

Brake Rotors

If you feel a pulsing in the brake pedal and a wobbling of the steering wheel when slowing at highway speeds, your rotors could be warped or worn out. When you step on the brake, and the brake pads press down on the rotors, the rotors become extremely hot. The heat causes the rotors to wear down worn, warped, and uneven over time. Since your brake pads press onto a surface that isn’t smooth, braking and steering the vehicle won’t feel smooth either.

Brake Caliper

Another common auto problem that can cause shaking is a sticking brake caliper. When the caliper stick, you will experience a vibration through the steering wheel starting at 45 to 50 miles per hour.  The vibration becomes more intense as you accelerate. You may also smell a burning odor when you apply the brakes.


When you press on your brake pedal, the action activates a hydraulic pressure that forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against the brake rotors.


When this happens, the friction between the brake pads and rotors generates an enormous amount of heat. As the brake rotors eventually cool down and then heat up again the next time you press on the brakes, over time this can cause them to warp slightly causing very

AA Auto Tech Offers Complete Auto Care

You only want the best for your car. That’s why should bring it to AA Auto Technicians to receive a quality tune-up. We take care of your vehicle and ensure that it runs powerfully and smoothly on the road.


To schedule auto repair or maintenance service, contact us at 651-437-2218. You also can message us on our contact page.