hand on steering wheelIf you notice vibrations that cause your vehicle to shake as you drive, it’s a sign your car needs to be examined for repairs or adjustments. What could be wrong?

Car shaking can be the result of a number of issues, from brake problems to the suspension and steering wheel. Here’s what might be going on with your vehicle.

Wheels and Tires

The most common source of shaking frequently begins where the car touches the ground. Vibrations can be a sign of:

  • Poorly balanced tires and wheels
  • Uneven tire wear or damaged treads
  • Damaged wheels
  • A loose part

If you notice these signs, it may be time for a tire rotation. During this service, a technician will assess and adjust the tire pressure and treads, recommending any replacements if needed. Your wheels may also need to be balanced or the lug nuts tightened.

Suspension System

When components of the suspension or steering system come loose, you can feel it through vibrations from the steering wheel as you drive. Yet, tightening parts may be too simple a solution.

Shaking also occurs when the suspension’s ball joints or rod ends experience a high degree of wear and tear. This affects the vehicle alignment, contributing to the vibrations you feel and placing a greater degree of wear on your tires.

Engine and Transmission

The engine and transmission work together to power your vehicle. Parts from either system could be causing your car to shake, including:

  • Damaged transmission mount
  • Broken radiator fan
  • Engine air filter
  • Spark plugs

A broken fan often results in more sporadic vibrations, while a spark plug-related issue begins once your vehicle exceeds 80,000 to 100,000 miles – typically when this part needs to be replaced.


If you notice shaking whenever your foot is on the brake pedal, this system may be behind the issue. As one common source, the brake pads and rotors are worn or warped and need to be replaced. You might also notice vibrations coming through the steering wheel. In either case, the shaking intensifies as you press down on the brake pedal.

Damaged Axle

The axles, attached to the front and rear wheels, may have recently experienced damage. Perhaps you got into a fender-bender or hit a pothole while speeding. In any case, these motions can result in denting or distortion of the axle. This may be the issue if the shaking intensifies as you accelerate.
Have you recently noticed shaking as you drive? Bring your vehicle to DaSilva’s Auto Body for a thorough inspection by our technicians, who can recommend necessary repairs to resolve the issue. To make an appointment, contact our Naugatuck shop today.