I detect a "shimmying" or slight vibration in my steering wheel at times. What is the significance?

Asked by May 08, 2014 at 09:01 PM about the 2004 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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?

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Tire balance, tire separation, bent rim, too much bearing clearance in the Hub assemblies, some tie rod wear. HTH

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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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