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4 Issues that Cause Your Car to Vibrate

Having your car shake, rattle and roll while you drive can be annoying and potentially unsafe. These questions may help you pinpoint the cause.

Does the vibration get more intense when you drive faster?

If so, the cause of the problem may be a bent axle. If you've recently had an accident it is possible that you bent your axle. Another option may be that the driveshaft could be bent. The driveshaft is the spinning part that runs from the engine to gears that turn the wheels of your vehicle. If this part gets bent it could be the source of your vibration.

Does the vibration get worse when you hit the brakes?

You could have a problem with a warped brake rotor. The brake rotor is the part of a vehicle that spins in relation to vehicle speed and is gripped by the vehicle brake pads to make the car stop. Instead of being uniformly flat all the way across, a warped rotor is raised or lowered on part of its surface. The calipers and brake pads, which squeeze the brake rotors, can't get an even grip on a warped rotor. That's why you end up with a vibration when you brake.

Do you feel the vibration mainly through your steering wheel?

Your first guess might be an alignment problem but often the cause has more to do with wobbly wheels. If your wheel is not screwed on right, or there is a problem with the wheel bearings, tie-rod ends or ball joints, you can end up with a vibration problem. Another source of wobbly wheel issues can be caused when a wheel deviates from a perfectly circular rotation when it is spun.

What's the most common cause of vehicle vibration?

Your tires.

If your car is vibrating at different speeds, your may need a tire balance. If you notice uneven tire wear, then you may need a tire rotation. If your tires aren't round and if they're rolling unevenly, then it may be time to get your tires replaced.

If your vehicle is vibrating, your best bet is to let us take a look at it so we can diagnosis the exact problem. And as with all car maintenance, the sooner you fix the problem, the better your chances for avoiding a bigger, more expensive problem down the road.

To schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians, please give us a call at (307) 237-3700.

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