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What make? What model? This could be caused by brake problem, worn front end part (bad ball joint can be very dangerous), or even something simple such a worn tie rod end. If you want to test these things, put jack under lower A arm on one side and just lift the weight off the wheel and put on jack stand. Have a helper wiggle the steering wheel while you look underneath for loose motion at some part. Nothing? Then grab wheel at sides and try to wiggle wheel. Now repeat at top and bottom of wheel. A bad steering damper can also cause this. If you are not experienced at front end work, have alignment shop check things out. A bad ball joint can break and cause you to lose control of the car. GET IT FIXED asap.
The most common of all problems in a steering system is excessive steering wheel play. Steering wheel play is normally caused by worn ball sockets, worn idler arm, or too much clearance in the steering gearbox. Typically, you shou Id not be able to turn the steering wheel more than 1 1/ 2 inches without causing the front wheels to move. If the steering wheel rotates excessively, a serious steering problem exists.
An effective way to check for play in the steering linkage or rack-and-pinion mechanism is by the dry-park test. With the full weight of the vehicle on the front wheels, have someone move the steering wheel from side to side while you examine the steering system for looseness. Start your inspection at the steering column shaft and work your way to the tie-rod ends. Ensure that the movement of one component causes an equal amount of movement of the adjoining component.
Watch for ball studs that wiggle in their sockets. With a rack-and-pinion steering system, squeeze the rubber boots and feel the inner tie rod to detect wear. If the tie rod moves sideways in relation to the rack, the socket is worn and should be replaced.
Another way of inspecting the steering system involves moving the steering components and front wheel BY HAND. With the steering wheel locked, raise the vehicle and place it on jack stands. Then force the front wheels right and left while checking for component looseness.
Place ing key in ingtion make sure u r in park or clutch if a stick shift is pushed all the way to the floor, then grab stering wheel tight turn wheel to left and hold while turning ing key, or try turning wheel to right while trying ing key, steering wheel can lock with pressure causing ing key to be non turnable same with transmision, park or clutch to the floor. Hope this helps
it sounds like the front tires need balancing.if you drive the truck slowly(creeping down the road at about 5mph)and lightly holding the steering wheel do you feel the steering wheel moving back and forth.this could indicate a bad belt in a tire where as a wheel imbalance won`t show up at this low of a speed,but a bad belt will.also have the front end checked for worn front end components and wheel bearings,this can cause a bad shake too.
It's unlikely your steering wheel is loose.
You need to view the steering hardware from underneath while someone moves the wheel from lock-to-lock and watch for any unnatural movements.
It may also only be an adjustment needed since there are wear points in worm gear and rack and pinion steering assemblies.
Yes it can be fixed, but it is a pain in the ****, done dozen's of them, hated every one. You are going to have to pull the steering wheel off and then remove the turn signal cam, under that you will find the screws to remove the upper bowl assembly (u will need to unplug turn signal harness at base of column), remove that, under that u will find the bolts for the tilt that have come loose