What Does it Mean When Your Car Vibrates

February 10, 2014

Reasons Why the Vehicle might be Vibrating

While driving, you may notice that your vehicle starts to vibrate. This could lead to a more severe issue if you choose to ignore it now. Vibrations are only typical if you are driving down a rough road. If the road you are driving on is smooth and straight when you feel jostles and vibrations make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. We can inspect the vehicle and try to locate the source of the problem. The fix could be something cheap and relatively simple, like a tire rotation or balance. The problem may indicate something more costly like steering or suspension issues with the vehicle. By looking into the issue at the first sign of it, it can often save you from further wear and tear to other parts of your vehicle. It can also help to prevent a costly repair bill down the road. The Axles might have an Issue If you notice the vehicle vibrating as you drive it, there may be an issue with the axles. It is common to have a bent axle with even the slightest collision or mishap that might have happen. This could be the case if you notice that the vibrating picks up in intensity the faster that you drive. Another issue could be that the driveshaft will also need to be inspected. The driveshaft helps to transfer engine power to the rear axles and wheels of rear-wheel drive vehicles. If this is bent, it can lead to the vehicle shaking when it is driven. There could also be dirt and dust inside the rubber coverings around the drive axles. This can get in and do damage to the joints of the vehicle. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can locate the source of the issue. Problems with the Brakes If you notice bad vibrations that get worse when you apply the brakes, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This could indicate an issue with a warped brake rotor. The brake rotor is a silver disc shaped component on vehicles for the brake system. The rotor can get bent or warped with heavy wear and tear. It could also become damaged from overheating. More stopping than the rotor can handle typically causes this. Vibrations on the brake pedal as it is applied can also indicate a brake rotor issue. Poor brake rotors can lead to poor quality brakes. It is important to have this fixed as soon as possible, so you can help provide a safer ride. Make Sure to check the Tires The tires should also be inspected if you notice any vibrations. It could mean that the tires are out of alignment or balance. If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. While driving, make sure to watch out for potholes and poor road conditions these can be hazardous to your tires. It is always recommended to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.