Why is my Car Shaking?
Updated: Apr 28
Most people drive their cars every day, so it’s easy to notice when something doesn’t feel right. If you feel your car shaking while you’re driving, the problem could be anything from something minor and easy to fix, to something serious that requires immediate repair. Let’s explore some of the most common reasons your vehicle can start to shake, and what to do about it!
Reason #1 – Your Tires
If you drive often, your tires are going to require regular inspection and maintenance to make sure they’re in good condition. If your car is vibrating when you drive, the tires:
may need to be balanced
should be checked for nails, staples, and other sharp objects that may have punctured them
might be wearing unevenly and could benefit from a tire rotation
could be in need of replacement if they are very old and have little tread left
Reason #2 – Your Wheels
The wheels on your car have a few different parts that help them spin and turn properly. If the ball joints, tie rod ends, or wheel bearings are faulty or worn, your steering wheel may feel shaky and wobbly when you drive. A bent rim can also cause your car to shake. Rims can become bent when you accidentally bump a curb when parallel parking or when you accidentally drive through a deep pothole.
Reason #3 – Your Brakes
If your car shakes when you apply the brakes, there might be a problem with the brake pads and/or rotors. When your brake pads become worn, metal will be rubbing against metal when you brake, resulting in a vibrating that is felt in the steering wheel and the body of the vehicle. Warped rotors can be a sign that your brake pads need to be replaced as well.
Reason #4 – Your Axles
Most vehicles on the road have 2 axles: one that connects the front wheels and one that connects the rear wheels. A minor accident or driving regularly on rugged terrain or bad roads can cause either of your axles to become bent or dented. When this is the root of your issue, the vibration will usually intensify as you accelerate.
Self-diagnosing the cause of your vehicle trouble can be simple or complicated. It’s good practice to take your vehicle in to be inspected by a professional mechanic even when the problem seems minor.
Looking for a mechanic in Maryland? The professionals at Hillmuth Auto Care provide honest diagnostics and effective solutions to drivers all throughout the state.
Contact us to set up a diagnostics appointment or to schedule regular maintenance today!