5 common reasons your car is vibrating:
- Engine Problems. Sometimes a shake or shudder will emanate from the engine compartment because the engine isn't getting enough air, fuel or spark to run smoothly.
- Axle Problems. If an axle gets bent, it will create a jostle of a ride afterward. With this problem, the vibrating often picks up in intensity the faster you drive.
- Brake Trouble. Do those bad vibrations appear or intensify when you apply the brakes? The rotor can get bent out of shape due to heavy wear. As a result, the calipers and brake pads can't get an even grip on a warped rotor.
- Wobbly Wheels. One or more wheels may suffer from excessive "play," or wobbliness, at the hub itself. Fixes for this are pretty involved and include replacing the wheel bearings, tie-rod ends or ball joints.
- Tire Problems. Tires are frequently the source of your car's moving vibrations. The full list of ways in which tire issues can contribute to your vehicular shake, rattle and roll is a long one, but here are a few of the major ones:
Car vibrates at certain speeds -- requires tire balance
Tires have separated tread -- requires tire replacement
Uneven tire wear -- requires tire rotation
Tires are "out of round" and roll unevenly -- requires tire replacement
With this knowledge about diagnosing car vibrations, we hope to make your everyday driving a little smoother.