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My steering wheel is shaking, is this caused by worn tie rod ends? If so, is this expensive to repair?

At first it only would shake when I reached a speed of about 60 mph, but now it's shaking at lower speeds, and I hear a noise that seems to be coming from under the front end of the car.

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Your tyre could have a bulge or the balancers have come off. Could be under inflated. You havent run over anything? You may only need a wheel balance. Have you run over a gutter and bent the rim.

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  • Belinda Waller Jan 15, 2013

    I'm not sure if anything has been run over. But is this a costly repair if it is bent?

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I had this problem. It was caused by a warped disk rotor.
Hope this helps.

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