Intermittent Steering Wheel Shaking

I have a 2011 Ford E150 passenger van. The steering wheel shakes intermittently- like it would if a tire was unbalanced only more intense sometimes. The speed I am driving doesn’t seem to matter. Sometimes it does it driving through town. Sometimes on the highway. Sometimes it drives just fine. Sometimes it is worse when braking sometimes braking smooths everything out. I spent a good bit of money Any ideas anyone has on where to start?

The first things that come to mind are bad ball joints and/or tie rod ends. Both are significant safety hazards.

I strongly suggest that you have this van examined by a good independent mechanic’s shop a.s.a.p. Avoid chain-run places like Midas, Meineke, Monro, Sears, Pep Boys, and AAMCO.


Sooo what have you spent a good amount of money on?

Does the van have lots of miles?

I think he spent a good amount to buy it, not repair it.

That is not clear from the post… we’ll see if @Rev-Kev responds