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Aside from merely being unpleasant, shaking and vibrating in your car can be dangerous. Your vehicle may start shaking if there are problems with significant parts, ranging from the engine and the brakes to the tires. While a skilled mechanic should always look at your vehicle to diagnose the problem and make repairs, you may have some clues about the cause of the issue based on the car's symptoms.


A problem with the engine may cause your vehicle to shake. Two of the most common engine components that may stop working properly and cause vibrations are the air filter and spark plugs. The engine has an air filter that purifies the air to ensure the engine gets sufficient amounts of oxygen. If the air filter gets clogged, the engine will not receive enough oxygen, impairing its performance. The spark plugs are parts in the engine with a limited lifespan of about 80,000 to 100,000 miles, with some lasting even longer on certain cars. If the air filter looks dirty upon inspection, bad spark plugs are the likely problem.


Problems with the wheels can affect your car's performance, too. If a wheel doesn't spin correctly, which can happen after an accident, the vehicle will feel shaky. Other wheels' components may also cause a shaking sensation if they go bad, such as the ball joints, wheel bearings, and tie rod ends. While a mechanic should look at your car to diagnose the cause of shaking, a steering wheel that feels wobbly when you drive can also point to the wheels as the source of the car's shaking.


If the shaking starts when you step on the brakes, the brakes are likely the source of the issue. Like the engine, the brakes contain parts that wear out naturally over time and need replacement. The brake pads and brake rotors are two essential components that eventually need to be changed. The pads can cause vibration in the brake area if they wear too thin, which then causes the metal brake rotors to rub against each other. The shaking may also be accompanied by a screeching or grinding metal sound when you step on the brakes if these components are worn out.


The tires take quite a bit of impact on the road. Therefore, they may develop problems or wear out. The tires may cause the car to shake if they are not balanced correctly, unevenly worn, or inflated under or over their recommended inflation level.


Damage to the axles of your vehicle is another common cause of shaking and vibrations. The axles can get dented or otherwise damaged from driving over potholes and other severe surfaces. They can also be damaged if the car gets into an accident.

If your car is shaking, contact the experts at our Glendale auto center for repairs today.


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