my steering wheel is unstable and has tendency to deviate and shakes. It's hard to drive and very accident risky.
Mechanic inspected and asked me to replace two wheel Rims. He has asked for $275 to get OEM wheel for each.
I have replaced one of the problem wheels with a spare wheel(wheel+tire). After that it's not as much unstable (40-50% less unstable), but the steering is still shaking. I did not notice any physical deformity on the problem wheel.
I was wondering if the mechanic is approaching the problem right way. He assured me that 80% of my steering unstability will go away with new wheel.
I did not have time and agreed to have one wheel replaced.(it's not been replaced at the time of this post).
My question, how do I know if the wheel is causing the problem? Should I take the bad wheel to tire balancing machine and get it inspected or what other other options ?
After replacing front wheel with a new tire and performing alignment the steering unstability was resolved but still shaking even at low speeds. At this point the front left tire is dead. After putting on new tire on left front shaking has gone. The vehicle came with runflat tires the new ones are not left flat, i have noticed difference in steering handling. Previously the steering would resist the change in direction, that means u have to put enough effort to turn the steering but now with relatively less effort i can turn the steering a very wide angle. That makes it difficult to drive any small unintended force can steer the vehicle in wrong direction. Wondering what is causing . i doubt it because runflat vs non runflat. Still thinking.