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Steering Wheel Vibration on Rugged Terrain

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Ive been fighting this problem since the day I got my 2011 FJ.
On normal roads it drives so well even on speeds above 80
But when offroading (Rocky roads, bumps and holes or even small stones) my steering wheel shakes!
I know that FJ's don't come with front axles so no steering stabilizers can be fitted.
So what should I do? Is this normal?
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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration on Rugged Terrain

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the wheel shakes when on rough surfaces? that's pretty much normal for every vehicle out there without steering-by-wire. Unless I'm missing something here, every vehicle I've driven on a rough road will shake the steering wheel. Solid axle, IFS with and without a steering stabilizer, 2wd with and without a steering stabilizer, 4x4's, ATV's, ATC's, cars, mountain bikes....

There's a pretty direct link between the steering linkages and the steering column. Yes, there are gears and pumps in the mix but the forces do get transmitted to the column. So anything that disproportionately affects one wheel over the other will cause "feedback" or wheel shake to a degree. If you are looking at the wheel during the shaking, is it more like a rapid left/right turning motion or like the steering wheel is moving towards and away from you?

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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration on Rugged Terrain

Well, to me that sounds normal. Maybe someone else knows something else or Im not asking the right question. But if the wheel was shaking on smooth tarmac Id say something is wrong. On trails with rocks and gravel and stones, sure the shaking is totes normal.

Now if you hear a ping then the shaking goes completely away and turning the wheel does nothing, then you have a problem


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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration on Rugged Terrain

"Rugged terrain" ... Rugged driving...

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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration on Rugged Terrain

When I'm on a bumpy road at any speed I get a "banging" from the steering wheel that feels like there is a big steel rod in the steering column that's vibrating and bouncing around and I'm feeling the shock from it's impacts. It only recently started happening. I got new tires and it seemed to go away for a thousand miles or so but now it's back.


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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration on Rugged Terrain

I have the same situation, but along with the shaking steering wheel, I have a strange adrenalin rush and uncharacteristic mood improvement. Strangely, all of these symptoms only increase the faster I go.... I am baffled as to why...
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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration on Rugged Terrain

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When I'm on a bumpy road at any speed I get a "banging" from the steering wheel that feels like there is a big steel rod in the steering column that's vibrating and bouncing around and I'm feeling the shock from it's impacts. It only recently started happening. I got new tires and it seemed to go away for a thousand miles or so but now it's back.
Have checked the usual suspects? Ball joints, bushings etc?

I did have a little intermittent banging going on - turns out one of front LCA cam bolts was a smidge loose. Quick spin with the torque wrench and all is well.

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