Bob Howard Buick GMC can help you learn why your car or truck shakes when idling.
As a driver, one of the worst feelings is when you notice your car vibrate when driving. Is it a tire puncture, did that pothole damage my car suspension, or do I have a broken driveshaft? There are a few things that might be the cause of your vehicle shuddering, and the severity of the potential problems can fluctuate greatly. The most common cause of the shuddering usually happens near your car’s rims and tires. They connect your car to the road, and if anything is out of alignment, you are going to feel it. It could be something like a broken caliper or a broken transmission mount. These more serious failures may leave you with a broken vehicle on the side of the road.
If you recently installed different wheels and tires, then your car shaking could be caused by the wheels and tires not being balanced correctly. Balancing the tires makes sure the weight of the tires and wheels are evenly distributed for the most peaceful drive possible. If you feel the tire shuddering while you are driving, it might be an unbalanced tire. If you can confirm that the tires are properly balanced, but your car is still shuddering, make sure the tires are inflated to the correct air pressure, and make sure the lugnuts are completely tightened and make sure the tire pressure is correct. If you find that your tires are the root of the vibration, you should get it looked at immediately.
If the vehicle vibrates when you brake, that’s a pretty good gauge that you should have the brakes looked at. The most likely reason for your steering wheel vibration is worn rotors. When drivers push down on the brake pedal, the brake pads squeeze the brake rotors to stop your vehicle. A smooth surface offers smooth braking. A warped rotor surface will shake when braking, sort of like how a brick road feels rougher than an asphalt highway. Other possible causes of the shaking include stuck calipers and damaged suspension components. If you notice your steering wheel wobble, bring it to us, and we’ll check it out.
If your car is shaking before you ever start driving, then there’s a good chance that you have some broken car parts. The most common reasons for a vehicle shaking at idle are:
Worn Driveshaft – If not perfectly balanced or damaged, it could cause vibrations
Worn CV joints – Working in conjunction with the drive shaft, cv joints get the engine power to the wheels and, if they are failing, can be the cause of the car shaking in idle.
Engine Mounts That Are Failing – As the name indicates, these components help affix the engine to the car. If they get damaged or broken, it can allow the engine to engine vibrate under the hood.
If you’ve realized there is a vibration in your vehicle, then bring it to us for a thorough inspection. Our trained technicians will find the reason for the vibration and get you back on the road quickly.
Bob Howard Buick GMC is one of the most trusted places to get vehicle service in the En area. We proudly service all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUVs. One of our factory-trained experts will inspect your vehicle to determine if there are any necessary repairs and will suggest the best solution for you and your vehicle. Schedule your Sierra 1500 service online or in person today.