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Why could my vehicle be shaking around 60mph after hydroplaning?

You stated you had dirt in your wheels from the incident. Two things could be happening to you: You still have dirt in one or more of your wheels causing an imbalance. A simple scrub will take care ...
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Why could my vehicle be shaking around 60mph after hydroplaning?

Even though you state that no curb was hit, it could be that you still hit something small while sliding and that could have affected the alignment of the wheels. Or if there really was no obstacle ...
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Steering wheel "center" different from vehicle "straight"

First of all, that is the job of the shop where you did the alignment, not just the wheels they should also check if the steering is aligned with the position of the wheel (they are entitled to do so)....
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After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

tl;dr: Winter tires are different and you are sensitive enough to tell. It doesn't sound like you have a problem. It seems that you are detecting exactly what I detect when I put my winter tires on ...
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Why could my vehicle be shaking around 60mph after hydroplaning?

Sliding sideways into the dirt on the shoulder could cause a bent rim. I would have suspected you would be more likely to feel that at about 45mph but if the bend is relatively light, this could be ...
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Testing a used car: steering is not 100% light

You seem to be describing the weight of the steering, which varies from vehicle to vehicle. It isn't something to be concerned about. Many factors influence the lightness (or heaviness) of steering ...
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What did I break and what do I need to replace?

You broke the knuckle. It's hard to say what else is damaged, but the knuckle, wheel bearing(s), hub (may be a single assembly) and lower ball joint need to be replaced. It may need the lower control ...
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My car's steering wheel rotates to right when I lift my hands off

There are several things that can cause this - the simplest being the road itself! If you are on a cambered road, the car will want to pull towards the edge of the road... Presuming it's a stronger ...
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What did I break and what do I need to replace?

See Ben's answer for parts you likely damaged. In order to conduct this repair, the tools you will need are: large size (bigger than 15 mm, 1/2 inch drive) deep sockets 1/2 inch drive breaker bar (24 ...
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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

If there is room behind the seat now (ie: you could slide the seat back further if it would let you), I'd pull the current seat out and remount it further to the rear. It sounds as though you'd only ...
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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

It would certainly help. Just be careful of bucket seats. If you have a bigger than average backside, the bucket seat's lateral supports tend to dig into your thighs and will make for an infuriating ...
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Can I break power steering by turning too far

This is called "cramping" the steering and it is bad for the pump and for the steering rack. What you are doing is forcing the system to try and push the steering components further than what they are ...
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Steering wheel "center" different from vehicle "straight"

There is a splined coupler where the steering shaft attaches to a u-joint prior to exiting the firewall (you should be able to see this under the steering wheel/firewall area) and going into the rack ...
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What can cause a steering wheel to end up misaligned, and how to investigate?

Your tracking needs adjusting. This requires some specialist tools but is quick and inexpensive to have carried out. Tracking can be knocked out of alignment by hitting kerbs, pot holes or even ...
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What can cause a steering wheel to end up misaligned, and how to investigate?

I would have it aligned professionally, on a machine that addresses all four wheels and a particular value called the "thrust angle". This is not a DIY job. While there is an old phrase "Set the Toe ...
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fitting steering wheel controls to polo mk5

It is possible to add a MFSW (Multi Function Steering Wheel) or, depending on the design of your steering wheel, add just the buttons and control module. It will require some research and some ...
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Is my Inner Tie Rod bad?

You need to visually verify where the movement is occuring. Jacking it up and checking for play is a great first step. What you need to do is actually see where the movement is coming from in order to ...
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weird paddles on the side of a 2021 honda accord

Up a gear (+) or down a gear (-). Probably mentioned in the owners handbook.
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After putting on new winter tires, my steering is weak/light

The phrase "where the rubber meets the road" sums everything up. Tires affect how the car feels and handles. If you don't like how your car feels and handles then get a different set of tires. There ...
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Read steering angle data in real time

Looking at the reset procedure for the SAS (Steering Angle Sensor) on Ross Tech VCDS wiki here it would appear that within this software measuring blocks 08 groups 007 is returning real-time steering ...
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Wobbly Steering-wheel after changing Rims/Tires?

Unbalance tires maybe one of the reason. You may want to go to the shop and have its alignment checked. If they are new, you may have a free check up where you purchased them which i have done before.
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Questions About the "Death Wobble"

It's difficult to determine the root cause of a death wobble from the behaviour alone, but there are some clues. They're just not fool proof. If you find your death wobble is related to speed, and ...
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When I turn my steering wheel when my car is parked and on the car almost cuts off?

My subaru does this in winter if i turn the steering wheel before warming the car up. As above, it could be problem with your power steering pump, or fluid. It might also be your car is idling too ...
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What is the technical name for the steering wheel adjustment lever?

As per the comment from @Ben, it's called the "steering wheel tilt/telescope adjustment lever". Not trying to steal anyone's thunder, just getting this question off the 'unanswered question' list c:
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Why could my vehicle be shaking around 60mph after hydroplaning?

If it is occurring at only a certain speed range it is most likely a wheel out of balance but could also be belt separation. If you take your vehicle to the location you got the tires many will do ...
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How to repaint your steering wheel emblem?

Use a small paint brush and small 1-2 oz paint wells from your local hobby store (Instead of using spray paint in a small enclosed area... Like the example link I provided in the question): prep the ...
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Is it possible to have a car without direct control of the wheels?

The system you are talking about is called steer-by-wire and has been attempted in the past. The only vehicle I'm aware of which has attempted it was the Infiniti Q50, but it seems after negative ...
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Steering wheel shaking when braking

Has the vehicle done this since the brakes were changed 3 months ago? If so, I'd return it to them and have them rectify the issue. Vibration under braking usually indicates a warped brake disc/rotor....
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2004 Mercury Monterey - [Self-canceling] turn signals turn on after a turn

It seems your multifunction switch is probably bad. It should be fairly easy to pull this switch to inspect it. I found these instructions to gain access: The turn signal canceling is part of the ...
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E250 ignition switch actuator broken. How to proceed?

If I'm understanding your description here, I'd say your biggest issue is a safety issue with your steering column. You really need to get it together correctly so you will not have issues driving it. ...
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