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Steering Wheel Vibrates When Braking? The Cause Might Surprise You

One of the last things most drivers want to deal with is a vehicle problem. If your steering wheel vibrates when braking, it could be a minor problem or a major one. Steering wheel shaking is commonly connected to tire problems, but brake rotors or calipers can also be the culprit. No matter what the issue is, it’s always important to get your vehicle taken care of somewhere you trust.  Here are some potential causes of steering wheel vibrations:

Worn Brake Pads

If your vehicle has worn brake pads, which typically happens after about 50,000 miles, you’ll feel your steering wheel vibrate when braking anytime you tap your brakes. As you step on your brake pedal, the calipers cannot grip the rotor effectively, which causes the quivering steering wheel. Thankfully, this is a quick fix Brake Works can handle. A brake inspection will show how much life is left in your brake pads and if they’re in need of replacement.

Dry Guide Pins

Guide pins are part of the brake calipers and are responsible for guiding the brake pad to the rotor. If these guide pins become dry or corroded, they could make the brake calipers stick or brake pads press the rotor incorrectly – which leads to your steering wheel vibrating when braking. This fix is best left to professionals since this involves hefty equipment and dangerously elevated temperatures of grease.

Warped Rotors

Warped rotors, like worn brake pads, are inclined to happen to a vehicle over time. When you brake in your vehicle, brake pads press down on the rotors, and the rotors become hot. This will cause the rotors to become warped or uneven over time. A brake check can determine whether resurfacing or totally replacing the rotors is the best solution for your vehicle.

Because every vehicle is complex and has its own setup, there is a possibility your steering wheel vibrations may be coming from another issue in your vehicle. It’s best to let a professional at Brake Works inspect your vehicle and suggest the best solution. We have two locations for your convenience. Contact us to set up an appointment at one of our two locations.