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Shaking in your car can range from barely noticeable to teeth-rattling. It can also start for multiple reasons. You may find that your car's shaking starts suddenly one day when you turn on the vehicle. You may even begin to notice that it feels shaky when you hit the brakes. As with any car problems, it's a good idea to have your car inspected thoroughly and properly by a mechanic. However, you can get a sense of what's happening with your vehicle based on its symptoms.


Engine and transmission problems are a possible cause of your car's shaking. There may be even more clues that you can tell you if the engine is the likely source. The engine has some parts that might wear out or need replacement, including the radiator, air filter, and spark plugs. Another clue that the radiator may be the problem is if the engine's temperature is higher than normal. The spark plugs should be checked if your car has between 80,000 miles and 100,000 miles. The air filter can also be checked to see if it's clogged, preventing clean, oxygenated air from reaching the engine.


Problems with the tread on your tires are a possible cause of your car's shaking. The tread levels can get too low, which in turn causes the vehicle to shake. They can also wear unevenly, which also leads to vibration as you're driving. The tires might simply need to be rotated to correct the uneven tread wear pattern. You may also need new tires if the tread is too low. The tread can separate as well, which also likely means it's time for new tires.


Your car's wheels can suffer damage from accidents and other mishaps that affects their performance. Wheels that become dented or are otherwise pulled out of position may cause shaking. The wheels also have components called wheel bearings, tie rod ends, and ball joints that can become damaged or worn out and, in turn, cause wobbly wheels. Wobbling coming from the wheels might also make the steering wheel feel shaky.


The brakes likely cause the vibration that's most noticeable when you hit the brake pedal. While the front and back brakes are susceptible to wear, the front brakes are most likely to wear out sooner, as they are placed under the most stress when you stop the car. The brakes have parts that periodically need replacement, called the brake pads and rotors. If the brake pads wear out, the rotors can hit and wear unevenly, which causes them to develop an uneven surface and create shaking.


The axles can get bent or damaged from impacts and accidents, even if they're minor. Additionally, the CV joint, which is sometimes called the axle's boot, can cause shaking if it gets cracked or torn.

Contact our service department today for vehicle diagnostics and repairs.

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