Why on Earth is My Car Shaking?

Whether you feel a slight shake in your steering wheel when you brake, or your entire vehicle starts to shudder like crazy, it can be alarming and is not something to be taken lightly. Luckily for us, diagnosing this issue isn’t as complicated as you’d think, and the fix is often less expensive than a usual trip to the mechanic.

Why is my car shaking?

If you’re only experiencing shaking while you brake, the most likely cause is your rotors. What is a rotor, you ask? Rotors are small round metal surfaces inside each wheel that your brake pads clamp on to slow your vehicle down when braking.

Why can rotors cause my car to shake?

If there is anything preventing the connecting between your rotors and brake pads, the result will be minor shaking. Rotors can become warped over time if they have been exposed to high levels of stress, like driving through tough terrain for long periods of time, prolonged use of the brakes, or being towed. Another explanation is that your rotors could be moving while you brake, which can happen if there is a build-up of debris or rust on the rotor, or if there is uneven wear.

How do I fix it?

A quick trip to a trusted mechanic in your area is all you will need. Even if you know the likely cause of the shaking, you will want a professional to assess your rotors to find the exact culprit. It may simply be that your rotors need a good clean!

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find a good mechanic! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find a mechanic close to home.

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