Why Is My Car Shaking?

Kia Forte WhiteA vehicle that’s in good working condition should always run smoothly, whether you’re traveling down the highway or idling at a stop light. Strange vibrations or shaking can be caused by a number of different factors that can result in major repairs or an accident, if it’s not corrected.

At Pat Peck Kia, our team of factory-trained technicians is committed to providing honest and dependable care for drivers throughout D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg, MS. So, if you recently wondered, “Why is my car shaking so much?” here’s a list of common reasons with steps to take to avoid further damage.

4 Reasons Why Your Car Shakes

Worn Tire Treads

While traveling down the road, if you feel a strange vibration each time you step on the brake pedal, there’s a good chance it’s an issue with your tires. Worn or damaged tires have a negative effect on your vehicle’s overall performance and make certain actions, like steering and braking, less effective.

If you notice that your tires show any signs of blistering, cracks, worn treads, or sidewall bulges, you’ll want to schedule to them have replaced as soon as possible to avoid a blowout.

Alignment Issues

tire alignmentYour vehicle’s tires are connected to a suspension system, which is designed to hold your tires in place and keep them moving in sync. If you routinely ride over rough roads or hit a large pothole, there’s a good chance your tires were knocked out of their proper alignment. Other related issues include: warped rotors, broken brake caliper, or leaking brake fluid.

Broken Motor Mounts

Motor mounts are what hold your engine system in place and when they become loose or break, it can cause your car to violently shake. To determine whether this might be the issue, shift the car into neutral while idling and observe whether the vibration decreases. If not, it’s a clear sign that they need to be tightened or replaced.

Timing Belts and Hoses

Around 90,000 miles, some components, like timing belts and hoses, tend to wear down and need to be replaced. A worn or improperly fitted belt will often cause your engine fan and other important parts to slow down, resulting in odd noises and vibrations to occur.

Vacuum hosesVacuum hoses are also found throughout your engine system and perform a number of important functions, such as removing exhaust fumes and other by-product gases. If a hose becomes worn or disconnected, it can cause the engine to shake and shudder, especially while idling. If ignored, it’ll eventually cause the engine to misfire and stall.

The good news—worn timing belts and hoses are easy to identify and relatively inexpensive to fix if caught in time.

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