I detect a "shimmying" or slight vibration in my steering wheel at times. What is the significance?
My SUV is in excellent condition and well maintained. It has 38,800 miles on it. I have just noticed what I can only describe as a slight "trembling or shimmying" when holding the steering wheel during driving. There are no indicators on the dashboard that anything needs attention. I am sensitive to this SUV's total operation and can feel it easily. It handles the road beautifully and has been a delight to drive even though it doesn't get a lot of highway driving. It is one of two vehicles I have. Does anyone have an answer as to why this happens and do I need to take it in for a special checkup? Also do you have any ideas what might cause this sort of thing?
Tire balance, tire separation, bent rim, too much bearing clearance in the Hub assemblies, some tie rod wear. HTH
A possibility. I drive a 2005 4Runner SR5 4.0L V6, 73,500 miles, in excellent condition. It developed a vibration noticeable in foot feed and steering wheel when accelerating on a slight upgrade. The vibration occurred repeatedly at about 22 MPH just before shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. Toyota diagnosed it as a problem in the transmission, and replaced it. Problem solved.
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