Does Your Car Have the Shakes? Top Reasons for Vibration

Vibration is a common performance issue that customers ask us about frequently. This particular symptom can indicate several issues, some more serious than others. Check out our list of reasons for car vibration and shaking below and if you’re experiencing this issue make sure you bring it to our service department for an expert diagnosis.

Why Is My Car Vibrating?

You haven’t had your tires balanced or aligned. When the tires aren’t straight, it can cause harsh shaking that may worsen over time if left unfixed.

Parts of the suspension or steering system need to be replaced. When parts like the shocks and struts, ball joints or tie rods are worn, it can cause noticeable (and irritating) vibration.

There’s an issue with your brake system. If vibration only occurs when you hit the brakes, it’s likely that a warped brake component is causing the issue. If the brake pads can’t grip other system components properly, you’ll definitely notice shaking when slowing down your car.

The engine isn’t being properly fed. This can occur for several reasons and may result in vibration that starts a while after you’ve been driving, vibrating when you accelerate or quick back-to-back shakes when you drive within a certain range of speed. Reasons for this could include bad spark plugs/wires or a clogged fuel or air filter.

You bent your axle when hitting something. Whether you were recently in a minor car accident or ran over a curb, you may have caused damage to a wheel or bent your axle, which can result in very bad shaking.

These are only a few of the primary causes of car vibration. To determine the true problem, even if your car is only shaking mildly, it’s a good idea to have your car checked out in case there is a larger issue with one of its systems. Catching the problem sooner than later may save you big bucks in the end.

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