Audis are well-loved by luxury car enthusiasts because of the power and control drivers experience with this brand of vehicles. However, a shaky steering wheel can diminish that control considerably and make driving these beloved vehicles unsafe.
Luxury cars were meant to be taken on the road and enjoyed, and that can only be done once getting behind the wheel is safe again. Let’s discuss in-depth why an Audi’s steering wheel may shake and what you can do to get this issue under control before driving ends in tragedy.
The stability of your steering wheel directly depends on the health and balance of your tires.
All of your Audi’s tires should be inflated evenly at all times to prevent uneven wear. If one tire is going flat or more worn than the others, your grip on the road will be less stable. As a result, the wheel will begin to shake at higher speeds.
Proper amounts of air will aid to prevent this issue, but you must also have your tires regularly rotated for maximum protection. This will even out tire wear if one side of your vehicle generally wears tires faster.
If the treads are too damaged and are significantly worn, have your tires changed. Tire rotations should be performed every 6 months or 6,000-8,000 miles. Tire changes can be done as needed or every 25,000-50,000 miles.
Faulty brakes cause the steering wheel of your Audi to vibrate and shake, especially while attempting to brake. There are three main components of the braking system that can affect the stability of your steering wheel.
Brake rotors, for example, will cause your wheel to shake when they are warped or worn. The shaking will begin while trying to brake when you put your foot on the pedal and press down, even when pressing gently. The shaking gets worse with more pressure. The rotors should be replaced in order to fix this problem.
Worn brake pads are another major cause of steering wheel shaking in an Audi. If they are uneven or misaligned with the caliper, attempting to brake may cause this vibration and shaking. In this case, the pads should be replaced. Typical replacements happen every 40,000-50,000 miles.
Sometimes, brake problems only cause the steering wheel to shake at higher speeds. If your calipers are malfunctioning or stuck, the wheel will begin to shake when going 50+ mph.
Malfunctioning brake systems are to be taken seriously. If your Audi’s steering wheel begins to shake and you have difficulty stopping your vehicle, then you should not drive until you have the issues resolved.
The axles in your Audi keep the body suspended and aligned. When these axles are bent or otherwise damaged due to a collision or overuse, the misalignment will cause your steering wheel to shake or jerk as the issue persists.
Your wheel may jerk sharply in one direction, causing you to have trouble staying in one driving lane or to stay on the road altogether. Do not drive if your steering wheel begins to violently shake or jerk like this, as it endangers your safety and the safety of others.
It is unsafe to drive with a shaky steering wheel, and you need your Audi fixed quickly since it takes you wherever you need to go. Dealerships offer high-quality service, but wait times are a major drawback.
If you want top quality Audi service without the wait, the European repair experts at Rowlett Motorwerks will deliver. Our mechanics provide full service to European, domestic, and other imported vehicles. Diagnostic services are free, because you should only have to invest what it takes to repair your fine vehicle.
While you wait for your car to be repaired, please take advantage of our courtesy shuttle services and complimentary fresh brewed coffee. Our aim is to provide customers with the most comfortable and hassle-free experience available.
If you are located in Rowlett or the surrounding communities of Garland, Rockwall, Sachse, or Wylie, TX, please give Rowlett Motowerks a call today and let us prove to you why we are the best in the area.