Q: Error messages pop up when driving and triggers car jerks

asked by on

Occasionally, I temporarily lose all the lighting control while driving. Plus, warning lights and error messages have started flashing on and off, one after another. When this happens, the car starts jerking. It doesn't matter how fast I'm driving. What is causing these problems?

Although a number of different things could be causing this issue, I would say the most likely cause would be an issue with the steering angle sensor. The steering angle sensor is the only part I can think of that relates to all of the systems you mentioned. My best recommendation would be to have a certified technician use a high tech scan tool to test the steering angle sensor using the manufacturer’s recommended procedure, and replace the steering angle sensor, if deemed necessary.

Some other potential causes of this issue would include a faulty electric rack and pinion, damaged wiring or connectors that are associated with any of these systems, or even a control module. For an issue like this, it is important that the technician performing the diagnostic uses a strategic diagnostic strategy, starting with testing the most common causes of the symptoms listed and moving towards the more uncommon causes. This will help to ensure that the problem gets found and resolved quickly. A good place to start would be with a diagnostic inspection of your car’s warning lights.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Error messages pop up when driving and triggers car jerks

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Heater is blowing mixed temperature air into the cabin area.

Hi there. Check the blend doors to the heater system. The doors could have a leak with the weather stripping. Then check the air ducting in the dash up by the heater blower motor and see if there is a...

Q: Car won't continue running - 2007 Dodge Nitro

This may suggest you have a grounding problem somewhere or potentially a failing voltage regulator. This is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator. Often times, this will result in the alternator allowing too much...

Q: Tugging after startup or accelerating from a stop light

Hello. Most of the time, if this is occurring and there is no Check Engine Light, it is because there is a transmission related issue. To diagnose this, I usually start by checking the transmission pressure to see if it...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...