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?

2 Answers


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

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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.

Your Answer

Toyota 4Runner Experts

  • #1
    Kurt Burton
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Tacoma
563 Great Deals out of 43,791 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Highlander
446 Great Deals out of 29,939 listings starting at $1,900
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
834 Great Deals out of 70,334 listings starting at $700
Used Toyota Tundra
469 Great Deals out of 33,103 listings starting at $2,900
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
693 Great Deals out of 41,240 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota RAV4
717 Great Deals out of 44,893 listings starting at $1,600
Used Toyota Sequoia
124 Great Deals out of 5,424 listings starting at $2,499
Used Honda Pilot
502 Great Deals out of 34,750 listings starting at $500
Used Toyota Land Cruiser
13 Great Deals out of 1,013 listings starting at $5,995
Used Ford F-150
2,478 Great Deals out of 193,506 listings starting at $799
Used Ford Explorer
869 Great Deals out of 67,248 listings starting at $1,295
Used Nissan Pathfinder
371 Great Deals out of 26,357 listings starting at $1,050
Used Toyota Camry
918 Great Deals out of 79,558 listings starting at $750

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD For Sale
1,675 listings starting at $40,709
2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 307 listings starting at $31,399
2015 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 335 listings starting at $28,991
2014 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 270 listings starting at $23,000
2013 Toyota 4Runner Limited 4WD For Sale
6 Great Deals out of 174 listings starting at $23,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.