The S-Type is a mid-size luxury car that Jaguar released as a facelift to the 1950’s car of the same name. The X204 (2004) and X206(2006) are the 3rd and 4th generation of this classic automobile, and they featured small updates in performance technology as well as minor cosmetic changes. Some owners experience steering wheel vibrations.
More of an annoyance than anything else, steering wheel vibrations may indicate a problem or malfunction in any number of your car’s operating systems. Most owners who experience this problem say that it occurs mainly at higher speeds (between 50 and 60 MPH), and that it starts out primarily as a bad wobble. No warning lights come on, and the car seems to be in perfect condition otherwise, but he wobbling and vibrations are obviously indicative of a problem.
The first thing to check would be the steering rack. If it becomes decentered (usually due to loose bolts), you will find yourself with a wobbly steering wheel. You might also want to check and see that your rims are in good condition. Rims can be bent or otherwise misshapen if a tire impacts something with enough force. Ball joints are another area where excessive wear or damage can lead to a jittery steering wheel. These joints are a tremendously important piece of the car’s suspension system, and their failure could indicate the presence of a larger problem, something to be considered when trying to diagnose the steering problem on your own.
Now, while we certainly understand the cost-effectiveness of the DIY mindset, there are certain areas of life that should really be left to qualified professionals. Automotive issues are usually among them. Taking your S-Type to an independent Jaguar repair center will ensure that your car receives the attention it needs, and you won’t feel the financial strain involved with a dealership.
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