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Steering Wheel Shaking

okay so when i drive now my steering wheel shakes pretty fast side to side but really bad once i hit 45+. this wasnt happening two days ago before i started towing a jet ski trailer all yesterday. i will also put this into factor that when i was launching the jet ski the ramp was shallow so i had to have my back tires sitting in the water for a few minutes. anyone have any suggestions of what it could be?
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A shaking steering wheel usually means tire balance is out. If its while braking then its usually means the rotors are warped.
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okay so i should get the wheel balance checked and it dosent happen when braking just when accelerating and cruising
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If the steering wheel starts to shake side to side above 35 mph this usually indicates a Dynamic balance problem. Check your wheels for the obvious signs of a missing weight.
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okay so i should get the wheel balance checked and it dosent happen when braking just when accelerating and cruising
could still be a balance issue, i drove a BMW the other day, between like 43 and 52 or so it would shake, but the shake would go away if i was braking in that span.


Having the tires in the water should have no effect unless you know you have a leak, and still then the air should come out before water goes in if there's still air pressure in it.
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alright so im not gonna worry about it to much ill just run to the tire shop later this week or next week to get them checked. but if they are out of balance what could cause this so quickly?
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define so quickly?
do you ever go frodin? real easy to jack them up there.

they could have just...fallen off hah. or if a n00b put the weights on they could have put the wrong ones on and fallen off.
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Yeah 90% of the time this is caused by a balancing issue, I had it on the Ranger and the 150.
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define so quickly?
do you ever go frodin? real easy to jack them up there.

they could have just...fallen off hah. or if a n00b put the weights on they could have put the wrong ones on and fallen off.
quickly would be it wasnt shaking monday night then i towed a trailer all day tuesday and it was shaking this morning after i dropped off the trailer
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maybe you just hit a bump in the road and one fell off?

look at the wheels, if a weight is missing you'll easily be able to tell where it was.
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noob on wheels what exactly does the weight look like and where would it be located?
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lead chunks..

on the lip of the wheel near the tire..
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alright ill look tonight and if one is missing is it that big of a deal for a few days?
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Your fine with missing a weight, its not dangerous or anything. It will just shake you as you've found out.
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ya made my arms start to numb after a while haha
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In case you have all your weights, two other things that can cause similar shake. Check your wheel bearings for play. This will cause shaking and vibration when accelerating and cruising, but not while braking, since when braking you have more load on the fronts taking up the slack. Also, tie rod ends, if they have too much play, they can also cause similar symptoms. Both of these items could easily be affected by water.
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okay so i thought i had the problem fixed. while i was driving to work right now someone got my attention at a red light and said i was missing a lug nut and one was about to fall off. ***** me so i pulled over asap tightened the one that was almost off and had my mom bring me my stock ones so i didnt have to drive with one missing. get that all situated and after that my steering wheel is still shaking. its also wierd to me that only my front lug nuts were loose. last time i checked they were tightened at 100 ft/lbs of torque.
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