Learn why your car ot truck's steering wheel is shaking when you brake at Robbins Nissan.
One of the most uneasy feelings is when you notice your car shuddering while driving. Is it a flat tire, did that pothole ruin my suspension, or do I have a busted driveshaft? There are many parts that might be the culprit as to why your vehicle is shaking, and the potential damage can vary greatly. The most likely cause of the shuddering most often happens near your vehicle's tires and wheels. The tires and rims plant the car to the road, and if anything is a bit wonky, you're going to notice. It could be something like a broken control arm or a broken transmission. These more severe part failures may leave you stuck on the side of the road.
If the vehicle is shaking before you ever start driving, then you probably have broken car parts. The most common reasons for a car shaking at idle are: The Driveshaft has Failed - If not perfectly balanced or damaged, it might cause shakes CV joints That Have Gone Bad - Working in conjunction with the drive shaft, cv joints get the power from the engine to the wheels and tires and, if damaged, can be the cause of your car shaking in idle. Failed Engine Mounts - As the name indicates, these components help mount the engine to the car. If they get worn or broken, it can allow your engine to engine move around. If you've felt a new shudder in your car, then bring it to us for an inspection. Our skilled techs will diagnose the reason for the shaking and get you back on the road quickly.
If you got different tires recently, then your vehicle shuddering could be caused by the tires not getting balanced correctly. Balancing the tires makes sure the weight of the tires and wheels are evenly distributed for the smoothest ride possible. If you feel the tire shuddering while you are driving, it could very well be an unbalanced tire. If the tires and wheels are balanced, but your car is still shaking, ensure the tires are inflated to the correct air pressure, and be sure to check if the lugnuts are completely tightened and make sure the tire pressure is correct. If you find that your tires are causing the shudder, you should get it looked at immediately.
If the vehicle shakes when braking, that's a pretty strong indicator that you should have the brakes checked out. The most likely reason for your steering wheel shudder is warped brake rotors. When drivers press the brake pedal, the brake pads compress against the brake rotors to create friction which will then bring your car to a stop. If you want smooth braking, you need a smooth surface. A warped surface will vibrate when braking, sort of like how a brick road feels rougher than a highway. Other possible causes of the shuddering include frozen brake calipers or damaged suspension components. If you feel your steering wheel begin to wobble, bring it in to get checked out.
Robbins Nissan is an ideal destination for all your auto service needs near Houston. Our professional staff is standing by to help you get your vehicle back on the road safely, no matter its make or model. Schedule your next auto service with us online or in person.