July 14, 2017
Have you ever experienced vibrations coming from your vehicle while driving? We can’t all be experts on car repair, but we can narrow down a few possible causes of this fairly common automobile issue. Let’s take a look at common causes of vehicle vibration and their warning signs!
One of the most common causes of vehicle vibration is an issue with the tires. Whether they are out of balance and need an alignment, are low on air, or have been punctured by a sharp object, they need to be inspected immediately, before they cause further damage or put you at heightened risk while driving.
If you’re experiencing shaking in your steering wheel when braking, the problem could be coming from your brake rotors. Rotors can get bent out of shape with excessive wear and tear and can become deformed, making it more difficult for the brake pads and calipers to get a firm grip on them. Vibration from this source can sometimes be felt through the brake pedal, as well.
If your car seems to be symptom-less while stopped or sitting still, but begins vibrating when you change speed or travel over bumps, there may be an issue with the vehicle’s suspension. Suspension problems can also cause symptoms like periodic squeals and thumps. If you believe your suspension to be the cause of the vibration, make note of when the vibration occurs (during vehicle speed changes, engine speed/rpm changes, or randomly) so your vehicle repair technician can better diagnose the issue.
Shaking or shuddering during acceleration is usually the result of an engine issue. The exact cause can be anything from failed spark plugs, to a dirty air or fuel filter, to a faulty airflow sensor. Engine issues can be simple fixes or a cause of major vehicle failure, so addressing engine concerns promptly is very important.
As always, it’s best to take your vehicle into a professional car repair shop right away if you feel that something might be wrong, no matter what the signs or symptoms are.
Not sure where to take your vehicle for repair? Look to the experts at Hillmuth Auto Care! We are a family-owned and operated automotive repair company that has been in business for over 35 years. We employ trustworthy and experienced Maryland mechanics who are honest and thorough in their work and are dedicated to taking care of your vehicle as if it is their own. If your vehicle vibrates when driving, or you are experiencing another automobile malfunction, contact us today to schedule an appointment!