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Vibration in steering wheel

On my '11 Mustang, especially at highway speeds, I notice a little bit of vibration (more like a tingle or buzz) in the steering wheel. There is no movement in the wheel, it's not a low-frequency shimmy like you tend to get with unbalanced tires. It just feels like the steering wheel is not very well isolated from vibrations or roughness in the road surface. Anyone else notice this?

It's so minor, I doubt anything is wrong, but I figured I'd see if this is common.

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Haven't noticed, but then I'm driving the V6.
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I havent noticed anything either. Ill keep an eye out not that you said something.

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My 2010 V6 was doing the same thing. It would do it when I got to speeds above 60 and then after about 10 minutes of driving it would go away. It only did it for a couple of weeks and I haven't noticed it in a few months. Hopefully yours will go away like mine did. Good Luck!

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On my '11 Mustang, especially at highway speeds, I notice a little bit of vibration (more like a tingle or buzz) in the steering wheel. There is no movement in the wheel, it's not a low-frequency shimmy like you tend to get with unbalanced tires. It just feels like the steering wheel is not very well isolated from vibrations or roughness in the road surface. Anyone else notice this?

It's so minor, I doubt anything is wrong, but I figured I'd see if this is common.
I kind of have a feeling I know what you're talking about, and if I do, then it's a "feature" of the car. Which kind of pisses me off. It's called "Active Nibble Control" (no, seriously) and it auto-corrects slight changes in yaw created by crosswinds and road imperfections. The car changes direction automatically, without you using any steering input, to keep you going straight. You feel it as a slight tugging on the steering -- very slight, barely noticable.

It pisses me off, since I've spent years and years compensating for road imperfections and crosswinds, thank you very much, and when the car does it itself it throws me off course because I instinctively make the corrections myself when I feel the wind.

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I kind of have a feeling I know what you're talking about, and if I do, then it's a "feature" of the car. Which kind of pisses me off. It's called "Active Nibble Control" (no, seriously) and it auto-corrects slight changes in yaw created by crosswinds and road imperfections.
I read about this feature (active nibble control) as well. I think that is a different issue than what I am feeling in the wheel... this is more of a continuous buzzy vibration or tingle, like you might feel in your hands if you were holding on to a metal pole that just hit a hard object. Or holding on to a lawnmower handle that is vibrating from the engine running (but not that pronounced).

I don't think anything is really wrong, as the handing and steering is fine, and the car rides pretty smoothly otherwise.

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I get the same road vibration in my steering wheel to. I think it has something to do with the energy saver tires on the V6 auto

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Check your tires and see if maybe you have a rock stuck in the tread that may cause a minor vibration.
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The EPAS is supposed to dampen those vibrations...

As far as the cross winds..i find that i overcorrect the hell out of it in standard mode..it kind road walks with the lazy slow steering.

If i am in traffic i drive in sport mode and she goes right where i steer.

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This vibration or tingle seems to be more about how the steering wheel itself is designed. If I put one hand on the wheel like I'm driving, and then kind of lightly "smack" or slap the other side of the wheel with my other hand. I can feel the impact and vibration in the wheel, kind of like a tuning fork. This is even with the car parked and engine off.

I think the steering wheel itself is just kind of a transmitter of vibration, more so than I'm used to.

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could it be that you need a wheel alignment already? like someone else said check for a rock being stuck in your tire treads. These would be the simple things to check first.

Do you feel this vibration become more pronounced at times at all? Say when your braking from high speeds like 60mph?

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Mine feels like the road surface texture is transmitted to the steering wheel at about 55mph and over. You just feel a fine vibration almost a hum. Maybe the elactric steering has more feel to it then the old power steering. In have rotated the tires and it is the same.

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I have the vibration at speeds over 55 on the highway, my steering wheel actually vibrates if i take my hands off it for a sec. I believe it to be from needing a re-alignment already but i only have 7k miles on her so far. No rocks or anything in the treads either.

It's either a re-alignment or the steering column is a bit intimidated by the 5.0 engine its next to haha

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Mine feels like the road surface texture is transmitted to the steering wheel at about 55mph and over. You just feel a fine vibration almost a hum. Maybe the elactric steering has more feel to it then the old power steering. In have rotated the tires and it is the same.
This is a good description of what I'm feeling. It's more noticeable on the really coarse, gravel-texture roads we have in rural Texas.

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Bumping this thread. Been experiencing this issue for months. Even bought a completely new set of tires, had them, and the old tires balanced multiple times. Nothing. What could this be... it seems like it is a mechanical issue.

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