My car steering wheel starts to vibrate violently when I reach a speed of about 100 kph. I’m worried there might be something wrong under the bonnet. Any idea what the problem could be?
The problem lies under the wheel arch, rather than the bonnet, and it’s probably an unbalanced wheel. When you reach a relatively high speed, the out-of-balance forces make themselves felt — that’s why you notice vibration through the steering wheel.
Pop in at your local tyre fitter, who will rebalance the wheel for about Rs 100 each. The process involves fitting a small weight to a part of the wheel to counter the imbalance, and that should stop vibrations at any speed. Although the problem is relatively minor, we’d advise you to get it sorted as soon as possible. Unbalanced wheels can cause unnecessary wear to suspension and steering components, and can also increase tyre wear. In the unlikely event that this doesn’t cure the problem, ask your local dealer for a further diagnosis.