Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering wheel not turning the wheels

asked by on

The steering wheel turns, but the wheels do not. I can hear a loud knocking sound as the steering wheel turns.

A: There are several different possibilities f...

There are several different possibilities for a hard-to-turn steering wheel with a knocking noise. These noises could indicate the shocks are worn; suspension bushings, ball joints, or tie rods have failed. I would have a certified mechanic diagnose and fix your steering issues to get your car safely back on the road.

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: How do you adjust the steering wheel?

Your car’s steering wheel is designed to adjust. That gives you the ability to customize your sitting position so that you’re comfortable and can easily reach both the steering wheel and pedals no matter how tall or short you might...

Q: Sounds like a belt is loose

Depending on the engine that is in your particular vehicle, you might not have a timing belt but a chain. Timing belts don't really make noises associated with lose belts. If a timing belt is loose the engine will jump...

Q: Battery is working and the electrics are not working

From reading your complaint, it sounds like you have plenty of battery power but your engine still won't turn over. If this is the case, then your car may have one of several problems. Other owners have had body control...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.