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What Could Be the Reasons That are Causing My Car to Shake?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service and Repair, Tips & Advice on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 4:13 pm
What is Causing My Car to Shake, text on an image of man holding the steering wheel firmly while driving in traffic

What is Causing My Car to Shake?

It started out as something small, a slight shiver would shimmy through your vehicle as you accelerated and as soon as you sensed it, it was gone.  Then, slowly, month after month it progressed into a full-blown shake, rattle, and roll that now cannot be ignored.  The cause for the shaking in your car can be from a few factors that include, tires, brakes, or even the axle that will send tremors through the steering column, brake pedal, or the whole vehicle.  You can find out how to track down and diagnose your vehicle’s issue with our handy guide below or you can bring your car, truck, or SUV into any one of Auto Gallery’s four convenient locations around the Atlanta Metro area.

Top-3 Reasons Your Car is Shaking


The most common cause of a shaking vehicle is from worn out or out of balance tires.  Uneven wear on tires doesn’t allow your car to make proper contact with the road and can be the root of minor vibrations, rocking, shaking, or lurching and would be noticeable at almost all speeds but worsen with acceleration.  If your tires are out of balance the car and steering wheel can shake and will most likely begin as you accelerate towards highway speed and diminish as higher speeds are reached.  Follow the link below to learn more about potential tire issues.

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Replace My Tires?
Mechanic checking tires on a lift


Worn out brake rotors or pads can be the cause of your car shaking and is almost as common as tires being the problem.  When the inner workings of your brakes begin to fail a shaking is sent through the brake pedal as well as the entire vehicle when the brakes are applied.  Sometimes, although less likely, you could have a stuck caliper which would send vibration through the steering wheel at speeds over 35 MPH and leave a burning odor emanating from the source of the stuck caliper when the car comes to stop.

Fall Car Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Any issues with the driveshaft or u-joint will be exasperated as the vehicle gains speed which would result in excessive shaking throughout the entire car and only worsens as higher speeds are reached.  You can check for rust around the grease seal of the u-joint under your vehicle which would be the root of your problem and could be fixed with something as simple as a new seal and some additional grease.  A front or rear bent axle will cause significant shaking as your vehicle speeds up and can be caused by a minor fender bender or even going over a deep pothole.  If you are experiencing any of these issues click on the link below to setup a service appointment at Auto Gallery Inc. right now.

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One Response to “What Could Be the Reasons That are Causing My Car to Shake?”

  1. Amy Zahirski says:

    There are many reasons for a car to shake. Some of the reasons of a car shaking has been shared by the author in this blog. Sometimes car shaking occurs due to unbalanced tires or worn out tires. Uneven wears on tires doesn’t allow our car to make proper contact with the road and can be the cause of rocking ,shaking, minor vibrations. Worn out brake rotors or brake pads can be the cause car shaking. To prevent car shaking, we should replace the brake rotors or brake pads. For this you may refer to:

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