Why Does My Car Shake When Braking?

Foot on Brake Pedal

As you probably already know, it’s a bad sign if your car trembles when braking. There are several potential issues if you’ve found yourself asking, “Why does my car shake when braking?” Whether you feel the shaking in your steering wheel, brake pedal, or both, the issues may involve your rotors, tires, suspension, or other parts within your car. Don’t fret! The Auffenberg CDJR service center can get your vehicle steady and back on Belleville roads in no time. And with our service specials and parts coupons, we make it easy to afford both routine and unexpected auto work!

Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are the main culprit when a car, truck, or SUV is shaking. Rotors can be either warped or damaged. What do brake rotors do? Ideally, they work with your brake pads to stop your wheels from spinning. But as rotors get older, they get thinner from wear and tear, and they can become damaged. Heat from braking can even cause the rotors to warp and the brake pads to subsequently slip, creating a quivering sensation at high speeds in the pedals. This is a big brake problem that should be fixed immediately to keep your car efficient and safe on Smithton roads!Though your owner’s manual will likely have a better estimate, brake rotors should be replaced within the first 70,000 miles of your vehicle’s life. With that said, driving styles and conditions may require that you get new brake rotors sooner.

Mechanic Changing Brake ROtors


Your brakes shaking might not even stem from the brakes themselves. Your tires could be making your car shake. If your tires are out of alignment, have uneven tread wear, or even just a bit cold, your suspension will have to work harder to keep everything balanced. This creates a situation where hitting a bump, pothole, or curb in East St. Louis could alter your alignment. If your steering wheel shakes or is hard to turn, tire alignment could be the issue. 

How often should you go between alignment checks? Tire alignment should be checked every 5,000 miles.

Steering and Suspension Components

Steering and suspension systems can cause shaking if there’s a problem. If your vehicle is shaking during times you’re not braking, these might be the culprits. Even a damaged axle shaft can cause a car to shake more when coming to a stop.

The suspension system is often assessed during a tire rotation. Consult your owner’s manual to see how often your suspension system needs to be looked at by a certified technician in O'Fallon.

How to Fix a Wobbling Car

If your vehicle is wobbling, it’s tough to immediately point to a singular cause. And when it comes to DIY maintenance, brakes aren’t meant to be addressed by a hobbyist. You should really have a certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram technician take a look. Schedule an appointment today, or contact us with any questions. For more service, maintenance, and parts tips, from questions about jump starting a car to oil changes, check our our service tips and parts tips!

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