Your car, truck, or SUV should not vibrate; something is wrong if it does. Whether the vehicle vibrates while idling, at low speeds, or at high speeds, bring it into Primary Care Auto Repair for a check-up. We’ll found out what’s causing the shake, rattle, and roll and fix it so you can have a smooth ride again. Here are five reasons why your vehicle vibrates, all of which have a solution, so don’t worry.
Problems in the Engine
Vibration is one sign that your vehicle has engine trouble. Usually, your car, truck, or SUV vibrates as you gain speed or once you’ve reached your desired speed and set your cruise control. The problem could be caused by a clogged filter or worn spark plugs, but there are many reasons why engine trouble will cause your vehicle to vibrate.
If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, your automobile might have been damaged to point of vibration. Motor mounts, steering, and your vehicle’s wheels all get jostled by the automobile accident impact. Even a minor incident can cause enough damage for you to notice a difference in how your vehicle rides and handles.
Your vehicle will also give you a bumpy ride if the tires are old, worn, or if there is a manufacturer’s defect. Tire tread is what grips the road and helps absorb some of the shock and road noise. Old, worn tires do not have the tread to grip the road and buffer you from it. The tires will vibrate and they can make your car vibrate, too.
Your brakes will shake your car if they are worn or if something is stuck in the calipers or rotors. Oftentimes, brake pads worn down to the steel backing will grind and vibrate when you stop your car. If there is a rock stuck in one of the calipers or your rotors are worn down, you might also feel vibrations when slowing down.
Finally, if your vehicle’s wheels are not balanced to the tires properly, you will notice your vehicle vibrate as you pick up speed. The faster the unbalanced wheels go the more they vibrate. It’s a good rule of thumb to have your wheels balanced every other oil change, or every 4,000 to 6,000 miles to keep them from vibrating.