Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?


There could be a few reasons that your car is vibrating when you brake: Your tires could be severely out of balance; your brake rotors could be messed up; your brake caliper could be sticking; etc. Regardless of what the reason is, it’s not always clear…at least not right away. That’s why our Pat Peck Kia team wrote this guide, which will help you to answer your question: Why is my car shaking while I’m trying to brake?

Checking Brakes

Regardless of whether you can figure out the issue, our team of expert automotive technicians is here to help you solve it. They’ve been helping our customers in D’Iberville, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, and the surrounding Mississippi communities with issues such as these. Contact us for an appointment.

Top Three Causes of Shaking While Braking

So, without further ado, here are three of the main culprits that could be behind those terrible shakes:

  1. Out of Balance Tires: If this is the root of the issue, then your car will start to shake at around 50 to 55 miles per hour; it’ll get even worse at about 60 miles per hour, but then it’ll get better as you go faster. Needless to say, this is a problem. Get in touch with us, and we’ll rebalance them.
  2. Out of Round Brake Rotors: If your brake rotors are out of round (which essentially means that the rotors themselves are deformed, due to either excessive or forceful braking), you should be able to feel the vibration through your brake pedal, as well as through the steering wheel. The good news is that our automotive wizards have plenty of experience replacing brake rotors.
  3. Sticky Brake Calipers: Last, but not least, if you’re experiencing vibrations at about 45 to 50 miles per hour, coupled with a bad-smelling burning odor when you hit the brakes, then the issue probably lies in your calipers. It’ll also get consistently worse as you speed up faster.

All in all, that’s a lot of negativity, so here’s some positivity: Though these issues could all potentially be dangerous, they’re actually not that difficult to fix. From balancing your tires to replacing your rotors to servicing your calipers, our guys and gals have all the tools they need to make the problem go away.

Prevent Shaking…Before It Occurs

Changing Car Brakes

However, it’s often better to prevent a problem from happening in the first place, rather than fixing it once things have already gone wrong. With that in mind, we recommend that you fully stick to your manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance program, especially if your car has over 75,000 miles on it.

You should also only purchase good quality tires, and ensure that your mechanic thoroughly inspects them, as well as your brake rotors and calipers, every time you take your car in for service. Simple…

Get in Touch with Us at Pat Peck Kia to Schedule a Service Appointment

Nobody would want to live with the shakes, and nobody should want to drive with them, either. Reach out to us from Hattiesburg, Gulfport, or D’Iberville now to get your car’s shaking problem squared away.

Schedule your service appointment today and we’ll get started as soon as possible.