Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Steering wheel wobbles when driving at slow speeds

asked by on

My car's steering wheel wobbles when driving at slow speeds. It mostly smoothes out once going 40+ MPH. So, I do not think that it is because of a warped rotor. The car drives straight as long as the wheel is centered, and there are no vibrations, only the wobble. The car has about 180,000 miles on it. The tires are in pretty bad shape, so I am getting them replaced soon. If that doesn't solve the problem, what else could it be from?

The issue you are describing sounds like a bad tire. As weird as it sounds, sometimes problems with tires are more noticeable at low speeds. When you get the tires replaced, be sure to have them checked if the wheels are bent or damaged in any way, as that is another possible cause of this wobble. If the problem still exists after replacement of the tires, it is very likely a loose steering or suspension component, and should be looked at by a professional technician. They will be able to perform a complete safety inspection and advise you of any repairs that should be made.

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Steering wheel wobbles when driving at slow speeds

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: Slip indicator light flashing on and brakes lock up while driving what's wrong

Hello. From what you describe, it would appear that your vehicle may be experiencing some sort of issue with the traction control or ABS system. These systems are designed to detect tire slip, and activate the ABS system to help...

Q: why is shiter stuck in neutral but can be manually shifted by undoing the cable

Hi there. In most cases when you have this issue, it's due to twisted linkage, the linkage being the wrong size for the replacement transmission or simply an adjustment of the cable. It's also possible that the inner linkage is...

Q: I switched my steering lock and now my key won't work on my car. What should I do?

Whenever the keys or ignition lock are replaced on Mercedes models equipped with the smart key, the dealership must reprogram the ignition and keys together. Unfortunately, the vehicle may have to be towed to your local Mercedes dealership along with...

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...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...