Steering Wheel

#1

I have a 99 Camry with 166,000 miles. I have recently noticed that I am having some unusual vibration and movement in my steering wheel much like a wobbling effect. I have checked my tires, however, it seems to be on the right front end…

Any ideas on what would suddenly cause this?

Janice

#2

One of the most common reasons is an out of balance tire. If it appeared very suddenly you might have just lost a wheel weight and it is easy to have the tires rebalanced.

But then there are quite a few other things that can cause this like worn suspension and/or steering components. I would take it to a good front end shop for a test drive & a once over. If nothing obvious shows up start with having all of the tires rebalanced.

#3

Car out of alignment or bad tire(s) are the two main possible causes for this. There are other possibilities too, but I would eliminate those two before looking elsewhere.

#4

This time of year we see a lot of such problems due to a chunk of snow on the wheel throwing it out of balance. Also pot holes can damage the internal tyre and cause such a problem.

#5

Makes sense to me…I’ll bring it in for a balance check. Thanks!

#6

In addition to the other suggestions make sure the lug nuts are tight. I had lug nuts loosen up 2 or 3 months after I changed a tire on my Ford Windstar.