Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The steering wheel vibrates at 50 mph

asked by on

I have 22-inch aftermarket wheels on my car. While I'm driving at the speed around 50 mph, the steering wheel starts vibrating. The front wheels have spacers on them. What is causing this issue?

A: Hello. Any time you feel vibration in your ...

Hello. Any time you feel vibration in your steering wheel at a certain speed, but not at other speeds, it is caused from something being "out of round", which means something is out-of-balance. One thing many people do not consider is heat transfer. Those spacers are butted up against the rotor, which heats up during braking. This heat is transferred to the spacer. If the spacer is made of aluminum, I’ve seen them crack, which would create a noticeable vibration. Check the spacers and make sure they are not cracked. Make sure they are installed correctly and if the problem continues, you likely need to have the tires rebalanced. A certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the steering in order to have this corrected.

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

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: Starter Issue?

You should have the vehicle scanned to see if the computer says it is in park or neutral. If the transmission sensor does not indicate park then the computer will not allow it to crank. You should check to see...

Q: Transmission problems, noises, car sluggish

The oil flush may have caused the varnish build up to be loosened up and after driving a few months the clutches have washed out and are slipping. You may have to have the transmission rebuilt or replaced. I recommend...

Q: I have a problem with my truck vibrating.

If a motor vibrates while in park idling, there is either a balance issue with the motor or an engine mount problem. Locating such problems is not for the faint of heart. There are several techniques that can be done,...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...