What is causing my car to vibrate?

August 26th, 2019 by

Have you been feeling your car shake or vibrate? Does it happen when you’re idling? How about when you accelerate? Or when you brake? Whenever it happens, it’s probably pretty concerning to you. A vibrating vehicle can feel very unsafe to drive, so let’s go over some possible causes and solutions.

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3 reasons why your car is vibrating

Worn or damaged brake rotors

If your brake pedal shakes when you press it, you probably have some worn out brake rotors. This can also cause vibrations in your steering wheel. Luckily, this only requires a fairly simple fix and we can have your brake rotors replaced in a couple hours. You may only need new brake pads, but that problem usually results in grinding rather than shaking.

Worn suspension parts person working on brake rotor
The common theme here is wear and tear. If your suspension gets too worn down or even becomes loose, it will cause your steering wheel to shake when you are in motion. Worn out ball joints or tire rode ends make it nearly impossible to align your car, and misaligned wheels can also cause vibrations.

Tire issues

If your tires are unbalanced, underinflated, or just worn down too much, it can lead to shaking. A simple visual inspection of your tires can be all it takes to avoid these problems. You should always maintain the optimal tire pressure and get your tires rotated and balanced regularly. This doesn’t require much work for you, just a little awareness.

Come on down to Mercedes of Salem to learn more about our services and how we can help you. If your car is shaking, don’t waste any time and bring it into our service center as soon as possible.