3 Common Problems That Causes Car Vibration When In Motion


Have you ever been driving your car and at a certain speed you notice it shakes or vibrates, this could be mild and in some cases strong? Well, here are three common problems that can cause a car to shake or vibrate.

  1. The most common reason for a car to shake or vibrate is related to tyres.  If the tyres are out of balance then the steering wheel can shake. This shaking starts at around 80-88 kilometres per hour (Km/hr).  It gets worse around 96 Km/hr. but starts to get better at high speeds.
  2. Sometimes brake rotors (commonly called brake-disc) 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 or vibration is when a brake caliper sticks on.  When this happens you will experience a vibration through the steering wheel starting at 64 to 80 kilometres per hour.  It will get very bad the faster you go, and you will also smell a burning odor when you stop.

These problems are easily avoided or corrected. The tyre problem can be avoided by purchasing good quality tyres and by having all of the tyres carefully inspected when your car goes in for preventative maintenance service like wheel balancing and alignment.

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 recorded in the mileage.  And, like your tyres, 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 tyre inspections are performed when you have an oil change.  In the case of car owners who put very little mileage on their cars (people who don’t often drive long distances), this will be performed at the six month vehicle check-up.

Tyres 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 or vibrate. You can schedule a check up appointment with a certified technician HERE or alternatively look for a mechanic workshop around your locality HERE . This will help get to the root of the problem quickly and efficiently.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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