my car's steering wheel just began to jerk to the right in small increments.

Asked by May 01, 2014 at 12:38 PM about the 1991 Honda Accord SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The car itself isnt jerking, just the steering wheel. if i let go, the car gradually moves a
little bit to the right each time the steering wheel does. any ideas? should i stop driving it
immediately?

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Could be several things. Out of alignment, did you hit a big pothole lately, that could do it. Look at your front tire treads, is one of the badly worn on the inside or outside tread? Also could be a brake pad sticking or a warped brake rotor. Only way to know for sure is to have a trusted mechanic get it on a lift and check it. Also could be a wheel bearing going out. Grab each front tore and push and pull it in and out. A bad bearing will be a loose tire, healthy bearing will be tight and not move in or out. Good luck.

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I'm gonna say Tie Rod end because if your steering wheel is shacking its 80% the case if it was a wheel bearing you'll hear a god awful grinding/ rubbing noise. my best bet tie rod end if done properly you won't need an alignment if your carful about it otherwise have it done by a professional mechanic. the way to tell is lift up the front of your care and move your tire side to side you might hear a clunking if its bad or you'll feel its loose. it'll probably be your passenger side one.

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thanks so much for the suggestions! i will find a mechanic and get it looked at. i just hate to go into a mechanic without any idea what it could be. thanks again

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