Nissan Driving

Your car usually runs smoothly, but it starts shaking one day as you're driving along. What's causing the problem? Car shaking can be a sudden issue due to an impact such as an accident, or it can worsen over time as parts and components wear out. The shaking can come from the engine, brakes, axles, and other significant parts of the car, so you should always have a certified mechanic inspect your vehicle.


One location in the car that can lead to shaking is the engine. If the engine is affected, it might also make strange sounds when you start your vehicle. The shaking might also continue as you drive. There are a few possible explanations as to why the engine is making the car vibrate. One of the more straightforward possibilities is that the engine air filter is dirty. The engine normally traps dust, dirt, and other particles to keep them out of the engine. Once they get into the engine, they can make their way into the fuel lines and affect the car's performance. The engine might also have a broken radiator, which can produce shaking and an engine that overheats.


The wheels might also make your car start shaking due to a few problems. If one of the wheels isn't spinning correctly, shaking and vibrating may result. The wheels might also make the car shake if they are damaged or dented. Parts called lug nuts that hold the wheels in place might be loose, which also explains your car's vibrating. Problems with the wheels usually cause increased shaking with acceleration.


Tires that are worn out or not inflated to the right PSI level, which is the pressure level, may cause problems. Tires have tread on their surfaces that gradually wears out over time. When the tread gets too thin or does not wear out uniformly, your car may start shaking. Tire problems mean it's time to make an appointment for service, as your vehicle may need to have its tires rotated, or it might need new tires altogether. A mechanic might also recommend an alignment to stop the shaking or balance the tires.


The car's brakes might lead to shaking and vibrating when you step on the brake pedal. If the rotors are affected, you may notice a metal grating sound due to the force of the metal surfaces touching. Brake pads usually protect the rotors, but the rotors will eventually start hitting if the brake pads wear out. When they do, the friction and heat that results can cause them to wear out and make the car shake.


Shaking related to the axles usually worsens with acceleration. If the CV joints at the end of the axles are damaged or worn, you might hear a clunking sound as you turn, too. Potholes and accidents can bend the axles and also cause shaking.

Contact us today to service and repair your shaking car in Grapevine.


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