Why Is My Car Shaking

You begin merging onto the highway, gaining speed, and suddenly your car begins to shake. The shaking actually gets worse as you match the speed of the other vehicles, so you are understandably concerned. Is there something majorly wrong with your car? Here are some potential issues you should check out.

Unbalanced Tires

Thankfully the most common cause of a shaking car is also the most simple to fix. Your tires could be out of balance. It’s normal for tires to lose about a pound of pressure per month, so checking them should be a part of your regular vehicle maintenance routine. While you check, also make sure that the tread is not too worn. Remember this trick: if you stick a penny in your tread and see the top on Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Engine Problems

While it’s much less common than tire trouble, a shaking car could also be caused by engine problems. Anything from a filthy fuel filter to misfiring spark plugs could cause your engine to shake. That shaking would increase at higher speeds, spreading to your entire vehicle.

Bent Axle Or Driveshaft

There could also be a problem with your car’s suspension or an issue such as a bent axle or driveshaft. If you’ve recently run over some large obstacle or have had a collision, that could result in this level of damage.

Uneven Brake Rotors

While brake rotors can cause a shaking car, this would only happen when you apply the brakes. If you have a problem with your brakes, treat it as a major issue. The braking system is your first line of defense when you’re out on the road. Don’t risk your safety; have your car inspected today.

If you’re unsure what’s causing your vehicle to shake, make an appointment with our team today. We’ll find the source of your problem and get your car running smoothly in no time.

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