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Is Your Car Shaking? 3 Common Problems That Cause Cars to Vibrate

  
  
  
  
  
  

shaking carHave you ever been driving your car and it shook so much you felt like you were on an amusement park ride? Well, here are three common problems that can cause a car to shake.

  1. The most common reason for a car to shake is related to tires.  If the tires are out of balance then the steering wheel can shake. This shaking starts at around 50-55 miles per hour (mph).  It gets worse around 60 mph but starts to get better at high speeds.
  2. Sometimes brake rotors can be the cause of shaking.  If your steering wheel shakes while you are braking then the problem could be caused by "out of round" brake rotors.  This vibration can also be felt through your brake pedal.
  3. Another common problem that can cause shaking is when a brake caliper sticks on.  When this happens you will experience a vibration through the steering wheel starting at 45 to 50 miles per hour.  It will get very bad the faster you go, and you will also smell a burning odor when you stop.

The good news is that these problems are easily avoided or corrected.  

The tire problem can be avoided by purchasing good quality tires and by having all of the tires carefully inspected when your car goes in for preventative maintenance service.

The brake problem can be avoided by including brake caliper service when your brakes are due for maintenance.  This is particularly important for vehicles that have over 75,000 miles on them.  And, like your tires, have all of your brake pads inspected as part of a regularly scheduled preventive maintenance program.  

In fact, by sticking to your manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance program, you can avoid or predict these problems.  Normally, the brake and tire inspections are performed when you have an oil change.  In the case of customers who put very little mileage on their cars, this will be performed at the six month vehicle check-up. 

Tires wearing in a strange way or having a wheel that's out of round can both be signs of what's causing a vibration issue.  If one of the front or rear brake pads (out of four) is seen wearing more than the other, this is a sign that the brake caliper is sticking.

There are many other things that can cause your car to shake. Please use the Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) diagnostic form on our website. This will help get to the root of the problem quickly and efficiently.

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Comments

I have a 1992 Lincoln town car and when I drive my car shakes so bad it sounds like its going to fall apart. when I get up to 55 mph the shaking will stop! Can someone please help me out because I don't want to put money into different things and it not be it.
Posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 2:17 AM by tasha
I suggest you have your car checked by a technician to see what is causing the problem, if you go to http://www.britishamericanauto.com/car-repair-diagnostic-forms/ select the NVH form, fill it out and give this to the technician.
Posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:28 AM by Brian England
The issues related with car shaking are very common, and content in the blog is totally appreciable. Thanks for providing the informative blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:19 AM by Jacky @ Auto Air Conditioner Service Fort Myers
I have changed driveshafts, all bearings all rotors, lower arm link, engine mountings, brake pads and serviced callipers, suspension bushes and mountings,straightened my rims, on wheel balance and alignment. I thin I am only left with the tyres and shocks. Before I set my car on fire. The vibration is not in the steering wheel but in the seat and it comes more pronounced only AFTER a brake at highway speeds.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:44 AM by MAURICE WILLIAMS
Hi Maurice, The way we start with this sort of problem is to encourage our customer to download the Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) form from our website, see diagnostic forms. This form helps you pin down the problem so a technician can diagnose the the problem. I hope this helps. Brian 
Posted @ Wednesday, October 09, 2013 3:46 PM by Brian England
My car runs smooth for awhile and then suddenly bad shaking creeps out as I accelerate or even have it on cruise control when driving on the highway. As I brake the shaking stops but as I accelerate again it starts shaking (Highway 65+mph). When I drive in the city the car runs smooth though.
Posted @ Friday, October 18, 2013 5:34 PM by Chris
My car vabrates at the rear heel not in front
Posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:33 PM by abel
Expertly covered the problems in your article and I get the great solutions which truly helpful to solve the car vibration problems perfectly. When moving the tire in and out, the bearing-in the case of a rear wheel drive or the hub bearing in the case of a front wheel drive which is bad and needs to be replaced. Thanks for sharing this informational post.
Posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 11:35 PM by Sierra
my 03 Sedona is shaking when I put in drive or reverse.i change the coil and the park plus and the wires and still doing the same thing. any idea.
Posted @ Friday, March 07, 2014 7:20 PM by cristopher
Christopher the first step is to carefully document your problem, download the drivability diagnostic form atwww.britishamericanauto.com and answer the questions then send it to me and I will see if I can help or steer you in the right direction.
Posted @ Friday, March 07, 2014 9:58 PM by Brian England
My 07 hhr shakes at any speed. But when I apply the brakes it stops. I've gotten an alignment, new front rotors. New brake pads and new caliper. Please help.
Posted @ Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:53 PM by ricardo
Hi Ricardo, What part of the car vibrates, steering wheel, floor, front or rear of car, is it worse or better on turns? If the vibration is from the front of the car I would start with a very carefully examination of the tires, wheels and for play in the wheel bearings and other front end components This should of been done before doing an alignment but I want to make sure none of the basics have been missed. 
 
Posted @ Sunday, March 16, 2014 5:51 PM by Brian England
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