Top Reasons Why Your Car is Shaking.
Cars have become essentials in everyday living; they get us where we want to be when we should be on time. However, when the car starts shaking, and this problem persists, the vehicle can wear out pretty quickly. If shaking presents itself, either when the vehicle is idling, accelerating, or braking, then it's time to do some maintenance. What could be causing the shaking? Well, there are so many parts in the vehicles system that could be bringing about the shaking. The car is made up of many different components and sophisticated systems. If a failure occurs in some of these systems, it could result in a shaking car. Loose Engine Mounts One common problem with many cars that causes a shaking car while idling is free engine mounts. These connect the engine to the vehicle. They keep the engine safely attached and minimize the vibrations.
Engine Problems Vibration might also be emanating from a faulty engine; this could happen when the engine is not getting sufficient fuel, air or spark to let it run smoothly. So how can drivers tell if the vibrations are emanating from the engine compartment? If there is and jerking that presents itself when accelerating, the car initially runs smoothly then eventually begins to shake or if there is any staccato shaking within a specific speed range. When experiencing any of the mentioned issues, then it's probably time to get a set of replacement spark plugs. However, if you diagnose the plugs and find that they are working just fine, then it could be a problem with the spark plugs. An experienced technician will be in a better position to help you with this sort of problem. The other possible explanation could be that the air filter is dirty or the fuel filter is clogged. This limits the amount of oxygen or fuel getting through to the engine. Power steering problems It's easier to tell if the power steering system is causing your car's shaking, basically because you will only feel the vibrations when the steering wheel is turned. If a driver experiences such a problem, it is best to check if they see any leaks in the power steering system hoses. If this seems not where the problem, they should also consider checking whether the power steering fluid needs topping off. Bent axle or misalignment Sometimes even minor accidents can cause damage to the vehicle's axle, which can bring about the shaking. This shaking intensity will usually increase relative to the speed the car is driven at. If the driveshaft, the spinning component that powers the rear axle, is bent it could cause the shaking felt when driving. Autobody repair can sometimes rectify this problem. Brakes If the vibrations only seem to manifest when you apply the brakes, it is highly likely that the vehicle is experiencing a problem with warped brake rotors. On cars with a disc brake system, the rotor is the silver disc-shaped part. Over time due to excessive heating, the rotor can get bent out of shape. Loose steering parts When steering a newer car, the difference in responsiveness and firmness can be felt compared to older vehicles. Like most other parts, when the steering components begin to wear out, one will notice a difference in the driving experience. This problem is, however, hard to troubleshoot, and it should be left to experienced technicians.
Bent or faulty wheels Any direct damage to the car wheels can trigger the annoying shaking. An unbalanced wheel certainly can too. The deterioration, in most cases, is caused by potholes, driving in harsh terrains, and even the slightest of bumps. Wheels are the most common reason why many people experience these vibrations while driving. Tires Tires are another major cause of the car shaking problem. Today most vehicles come equipped with low profile tires that are also known as flat rolling tires. These tires improve fuel efficiency by reducing drag and resistance. However, no matter how beneficial they are, these tires significantly reduce the rate at which imperfections on the road are absorbed. Worn out tires are also another common cause of road vibrations. Why does this happen? Well, it could be that the tires have separated tread, the tire pressure is low, there is uneven tire wear, or simply the tires are just too old. This may be what has been causing the vibrations in the car, and replacing them will probably do the trick; however, it would be wise to rule out all the other possible problems first. What to do now? Have you been experiencing the annoying shaking with your car, this post can help you understand what may be causing the problem and where to check.
However, it's always advisable to engage professionals with ample experience and skills to help you diagnose and sort the problem. In most cases autobody repair can rectify this problem. However, sometimes the problem can persist and hence the need to engage professionals. This will significantly reduce the risk of the problem escalating to a more severe problem that might be much more difficult and expensive to deal with.
If your car is shaking, give California AutoBody a call and we can take a look at what could be the cause.