Q: The steering wheel jerks to both sides

asked by on

My car has a mileage of approximately 120,000 miles. Lately, there have been some very serious steering issues. It is even unsafe to drive the car in this condition. If I drive over bumpy or uneven roads, the steering wheel would suddenly jerk right or left. It happens randomly. When it happens, I have to pull it back to center and keep it there. It also occurs while I'm braking to stop the car at high speeds. I had the tire pressure checked and it is fine. Do you have any advice on how to fix this problem?

Hello. The front end needs to be checked first for any loose parts. Any worn out joints or bushings will cause this. If those are all fine, then the problem is usually in the rack and pinion and it will need to be replaced. If you are going to have it repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose and repair the steering problem.

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

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. The steering wheel jerks to both sides

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: Front tire sitting at angle - 1966 Ford Mustang

Hey there. You may have bent the spindle and control arms. The ball joints are in the control arms and will be part of any new ones that are installed. If looking at the tire you notice the top is...

Q: dead battery plus jerking

Hi there. If the alternator is not charging the battery and not providing enough voltage into the system then you will get this jerking. If there is not enough power in the system, then the computer will have trouble shifting...

Q: Heat blows cold when the car is idling

Hi there. The coolant level should be checked first as low coolant will cause this. If it is low then it may have a leak that needs to be found. If the level is fine then the heater hoses need...

Related articles

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...
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...
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.