Why is my Car Shaking?
July 26th, 2018
Have you noticed your vehicle shaking lately? Believe it or not this is a common problem. Most cars shake for a variety of reasons including engine, steering, or brake issues. Your vehicle can also shake and vibrate because of wheel damage, uneven tread wear, tire balance issues, or neglected tire maintenances. We like to start with the simple fixes first. These tire and wheel issues are fast, easy, and affordable to fix!
If your vehicle is vibrating and shaking while you cruise down the road, you might be thinking of a dozen reasons why it is happening. What about wheel damage?
You may not even remember hitting a curb or speeding through a pothole but a variety of unnoticed scenarios can damage your wheels. Wheel damage is a leading cause of cabin vibration in your vehicle. Never ignore a bent wheel. It can cause poor handling leading to traffic accidents and premature wear on your tires.
Improper wheel alignment can cause your vehicle to veer to one side, diminish fuel efficiency, and cause your tires to wear down unevenly. Wheel alignment involves the calibrations of your wheels and your vehicle’s suspension. By adjusting certain angles your mechanic can ensure that your wheels and tires are making correct contact with the road’s surface.
Without correct contact with the road surface, your tires can wear down at different rates. Uneven tire wear can cause your wheels to become unbalanced and unbalanced wheels shake your car! This can be difficult to diagnose but a skilled auto mechanic can find the problem in a flash.
Proper maintenance can prevent most shaking and vibration. Don’t ignore these basic auto and tire maintenances. They will make your drive smoother, prevent expensive auto repairs down the road, and ensure your tires last.
Preventative Tire Maintenances and Warning Signs
- Separated Tread
- Tire Rotation
- Tire Balancing
- Low PSI
- Uneven Tread Wear
- Tires Out of Round
- Unbalanced Tires
- Cracks and Bulges
If you notice your vehicle shimmying and shacking down the road don’t ignore it. Have your vehicle serviced by our skilled technicians today. In fact, with a little preventative maintenance you can prevent the shaking all together. Your tires and wheels are not the only causes of cabin vibrations in your vehicle but it’s a great place to start. Schedule your maintenance with us today!
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