Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering wheel hard to turn and vibrates

asked by on

The car steering wheel is hard to turn. The steering wheel also vibrates.

A: Low power steering fluid is often the cause...

Low power steering fluid is often the cause of this. If your fluid is low, you could have a leak in the pump or a hose. If your fluid is full, a pump that is not developing enough pressure or an internally leaking rack and pinion could also cause symptoms similar to yours. A mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can help you diagnose why your steering wheel is hard to turn.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Steering and suspension feels loose. The accelerator isn't responding properly

Hello. I would need to know what kind of vehicle this is to know for sure what may be going on. In general, loose steering is caused by something that is worn out in the steering or suspension. I usually...

Q: Im not sure if its the tie rods that are bad or if its the cv axle... it doesnt click or anything

Typically, if you feel "slack" in the steering, the rack and pinion (or other "steering gear") unit is worn but the tie rod ends (inner and/or outer) could be implicated as well. Vibration or shuddering on application of the brakes...

Q: My car is shaking, mostly only when idling and the engine light is on. What is a common cause of this?

The best way to find out what is wrong is to have the system scanned for fault codes. The check engine light being on means a code, or multiple codes, have been stored. Unfortunately there is no "common" reason for...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...