Why is my car shaking?
Sometimes there are clear ways to tell if there is something wrong with your vehicle. For instance, your car could be making weird noises or vibrations, have steam or smoke rising from it, or it could be dripping some sort of fluid on the ground. But, why is my car shaking, and how can I fix that?
Is your entire car shaking, or is just the steering? Depending on how your vehicle is vibrating, a different component could be causing it. Here are the most common problems that lead to your car shaking:
Wheel / Tire Problems
Your car, more specifically your steering wheel, with shake and wobble if there is a problem with the wheels or tires. For instance, something could be wrong with how the wheels spin, the wheel bearings, ball joints or the tires have uneven wear or need to be balanced. If it’s the tires, you’ll usually feel the vibration at certain speeds, problems with the wheels usually make the car feel wobbly as you drive. Damage caused to a wheel, axle or tire can also cause your car to shake.
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If the shaking happens or worsens when you apply the brakes, then there is most likely a problem with your car’s brake rotors. Problems with the brake pads and calipers can also happen, which affect how the system squeezes the rotors and stops the car. If the problem is with the caliper, then you’ll notice your steering wheel vibrating around 45 to 50 mph. Plus, brakes naturally wear down and need to be replaced, so it is best to consult your owner’s manual or an expert on when you should so that you don’t experience any problems while driving.
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Some of the different symptoms include if your vehicle jerks during acceleration, has a solid period of shaking (like if you go over a rumble strip) while in a certain range of speed, or if your car starts just fine but begins to shake later on as you’re driving. These types of shaking could indicate that you need to replace your spark plugs, the spark plug wires need to be inspected/replaced, or the air or fuel filters are dirty and need to be changed. Of course, routine engine maintenance is a great way to stay on top of these problems so that they don’t occur.
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