What’s causing your car to shake when you brake? Besides the usual brake problems, there may be other issues, as well. A trained mechanic can properly diagnose the problem. If you think your car is shaking because of a brake problem, bring it to a shop. Here are some possible causes. Warped rotors, Misfiring, or Guide pins in the brake calipers are some common culprits.
If your steering wheel shakes or your car shakes when you apply the brakes, you probably have warped rotors. Ignoring this problem can lead to chronic vibrations that can wear down other parts of your car’s brake system. These vibrations can also loosen calipers, brake pads, and even bolts. Fortunately, replacing warped rotors will only cost $250, compared to the many times more expensive process of replacing your entire braking system.
The first thing you should check to determine the root cause of your car’s shaking is the rotor. It is possible to drive a car with warped rotors for a short period of time without causing any damage, but ignoring the problem can lead to costly repairs later on. In this situation, you should bring your car to a mechanic for a thorough diagnosis. Here are some reasons why your car might shake when you brake:
New brake pads
New brake pads are easy to replace, but there’s a catch: they might not be the only reason you feel the shaking while braking. Other problems, such as warped or worn brake pads, can also cause the shake. These problems can be caused by suspension or alignment issues. In any case, replacement is the best course of action. In this article, we’ll cover a few common causes and how to detect them.
Guide pins in brake calipers
The reason your steering wheel shakes when you brake could be because your brake calipers are dry. The guide pins in brake calipers help direct the brake pads onto the rotor. If the guide pins are dry, they can cause the caliper to jam and force the brake pads down at an incorrect angle. To fix the problem, you’ll need to replace the pins or clean and lubricate them. A rusted or dry guide pin can also affect the clampdown of the caliper. If your car is shaking when you brake, check your caliper housing and lubricate it with high temperature grease.
One common sign of an alignment issue is a vehicle that shakes when you brake. This type of shaking is usually associated with worn ball joints or tie rods, which are particularly common in older vehicles. To determine whether you have alignment problems, try driving at least 50 mph and then take your hands off the steering wheel for a few seconds. If you feel any veering or shaking, you should take your car in for a full alignment inspection.