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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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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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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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Steering wheel feels loose without any play

You said there was a change and you have reserves about driving it safely. This means it's definitely something to worry about. You absolutely need a second opinion. Considering the recent work I ...
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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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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?

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

Steering wheel vibration is caused by many things like brakes, suspension, but i think in your case its certainly your tires. Now 2 things could be happening. A) tires were deformed by the dirt ...
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RCD 310 : are steering wheel controls resistant?

Not sure what references you have regarding the "rheostat" device.. On these cars the steering wheel is connected to the Infotainment databus (a CANbus) and the stereo is also connected to the ...
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How to unlock Ford steering column

You have to force the steering wheel to the left or right to turn the key and unlock the column lock pin. Since someone tried straightening the wheels the pressure / torsion coming from the tires ...
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Is it possible to have a car without direct control of the wheels?

The UK Construction and Use regs require a mechanical connection for all motor vehicles used on the road except for some agricultural machines. In fact, for one of our “bend in the middle” or ...
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Will an off-center steering wheel be corrected in an alignment visit?

The alignment checks are for your tires relative to each other -- they'll make sure both tires are pointing the same direction at the same time. They don't check whether your steering wheel is ...
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Steering wheel out of alignment, is it safe to drive short-term?

There would most definitely be an alignment issue, which would most likely mean extra tire wear. I would say beyond that you'd be fine, but really, that is an unknown. You don't know what damage was ...
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More steering needed for angle

I'd suggest the following tests: Firstly, with the car stationary, try to turn the steering wheel gently while an assistant watches the road wheels - if you can turn the wheel some distance before ...
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Will an off-center steering wheel be corrected in an alignment visit?

You don't have to replace the steering wheel. You have a mechanic pull it (or you borrow a steering wheel puller) and then put it back on correctly. HOWEVER a proper alignment will in fact fix a ...
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Can a slightly bent rim cause an outer CV boot leak?

A bent rim, even one severe enough to cause vibration, will not loosen a CV clamp that is already subject to constant vibration.
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Steering wheel becomes stiff intermittently

if it's the rack and pinion, it will most likely leak fluid into the end-boots from over-pressure. You may see fluid drippings over time. It's also possible you have a seized ball joint. That's ...
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Why did the Tesla truck have a centre mounted steering wheel? Are there any advantages to such a system?

According to the Tesla site about the truck, the reason for the center mount steering wheel is: Enhanced Autopilot helps avoid collisions, a centered driver position provides maximum visibility and ...
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BMW X 1 2014 steering wheel vibration over 60mph

If your rims are caked in ice, they are probably no longer in balance. Unbalanced wheels can vibrate the entire vehicle at speed. I did this to my WRX playing in the snow one year, the entire thing ...
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