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Original Post: Steering wheel shakes – The car pulls to the right


I’ll take my car to the dealer to get them to review my problem, but I wanted to get some opinions on what this might be. My steering wheel shakes, (actually it̵

7;s more like a gentle pull to the right) while I drive. It only happens when I do not drive when I am stopped. Also, if I release the steering wheel, the car immediately pulls to the right. I assumed that it only needed one direction, but a friend of mine said that if it was just one direction, the steering wheel would not shake / pull. Any ideas of what this might be would be greatly appreciated.


The simplest would be a low deck on the right side. Check your tire pressure before taking it to your dealer.

marksrForum topic Moderator

Vibrations usually mean something loose / worn, can be as simple as an unbalanced tire, can also be loose wheels or worn front parts.

A low tire will definitely make the car pull to that side, poor alignment can too.

As indy suggested, check your air pressure [best done when tires are cold] If you can jack up the front, you can check for loose / worn parts.

I would not ignore this problem as it will only get worse and possibly potentially dangerous.

chanesworthThread starter


I will check the tire pressure today and if it does not solve the problem, I will get it to the store for an adjustment.

Michael vanMember

I would check the brake

I would look for a skewed brake root that also causes a shake and pulls to the side.


I thought more about a fixed caliper / traction brake.

Michael vanMember

that may be the reason

A fixed caliper / traction brake would cause traction but also overheat the rotor and cause it to skew and cause shaking.

chanesworthThread starter

Well tried an adjustment and checked the tire pressure and it did not work. The orientation guy told me he thought I needed new cushions and rotors at the back, so it might have something to do with it

marksrForum topic Moderator

I would not think that rear brakes would affect the front end. Do the vibrations disappear when the brakes are applied? Is the car still pulling to the right?

If the car is still pulling to the right, I would go back to the specialty store and verify that they were missing nothing, let them test it.

chanesworthThread starter

The car constantly pulls to the right. I have noticed that when I just crawl along, it feels as if someone is consistently pulling the steering wheel. They did not test it when I got the adjustment, they just put on some machine that will automatically align the wheels. I take it back and let them test it.

mrbkellerNew member

Sounds like a combination of skewed rotors and possibly a fixed clamp. My Cherokee did it to me on one occasion before I did a brake job. Once you have reached a destination, jump out of the vehicle and look through the rim of the rotors. If any of them glow orange or emit any smoke, you definitely have a fixed clamp that does not let your brake pads drop the rotor, this causes your brake pads to rub on the rotor all the time the car is in motion, so they heat up and turn off smoke on due to burning of the brake pads.

If you do not have any of the above conditions and the alignment guy says the car is fine, after the second time you talk to him, you may need to turn your rotors or replace if they are worn, and I would replace the brake pads at the same time. If you need to replace the brake pads and turn the rotors while you are under it, take a look at the brake caliper pistons to make sure there are no cracks or pieces missing. Because in the future, this will make the piston pick up speed, then you just have to do everything again. Hope this helps!

A / C guyMember

It can be radial traction. Try changing the front tire from left to right and see if this changes anything.

If the vibration or shimmy is below 25 km / h it is a separate tire, 30-75 km / h it is wheel balance but this does not make the vehicle pull.


I think A / Cguy nailed it.

Sounds like a bad tire. Yes, a bad tire can cause drafts and skimming from minimal to severe.

What type of car and year is this, how many miles on it and on the tires?

What type of driving do you do, city or suburbs?

It can also be a curved edge.

Does the car rock back and forth at 100 km per hour?


Gripped caliper and skewed rotor

I had the same problem back in January – Mine would pull (And shake, vibrate rust, skip my CDs, etc.) – With anything over 45 km / h ….. As soon as I had to change the front brakes and rotors, it ended – So I know how you feel (I noticed that someone suggested it earlier, but I really did not read the rest – BAD ME!). Give it a shot and see how it goes.

Oh – It’s a dead give away if it seems sluggish on mileage and overall power, especially if it’s rear wheels, like mine. Almost like you’re pulling something …

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