Why Does My Car Shake When Braking?

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Does your vehicle seem to tremble when you hit the brakes while driving around Cincinnati? Here at Mercedes-Benz of West Chester, “Why does my car shake when braking?” is just one of many frequently asked questions we receive at our service center. There are several reasons why your car could be shaking when the brakes are applied. Here, our service team will cover three of the most common culprits.

The Brake Rotors Are Warped

The most common reason a car trembles when braking in Oxford is that its brake rotors are warped or damaged. Your brake rotors work in tandem with the brake pads to stop your wheels from spinning. As the rotors age, they get consistently thinner from the regular wear and tear of driving, which leaves them susceptible to warping and other types of damage. A great deal of heat is generated when you apply the brakes, and it’s that heat that can warp the rotors. When the rotors are warped, your brake pads can slip, creating a trembling sensation that you’ll feel in the brake pedal.

How often should brake rotors be replaced? Most vehicles require a replacement by the 70,000-mile mark, but the service may be necessary at an earlier point if your driving habits and the local climate/road conditions call for it.

The Tires Require Service

The next possible reason a car trembles when shaking is that the tires are in need of service. They could be out of alignment, or they might just be getting old and require a replacement. In either case, your suspension will be working overtime to attempt to keep things balanced as you drive. Hitting a curb or a pothole in Monroe can be enough to knock things out of alignment, and you’ll feel the effect in your steering wheel when you brake.

Having your tires regularly rotated and inspected will help to avoid issues like those outlined above. Most vehicles require a tire rotation every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, but you can check your owner’s manual for an OEM-specific recommendation.

There’s an Issue with Steering and Suspension Components

If your steering or suspension systems require attention, you’ll likely feel shaking not only when you brake, but also when you’re driving along as normal. There are some instances, however, when a particular damaged part like an axle shaft could centralize the shaking to only happen when you’re coming to a stop.

When you have your vehicle in for oil changes or tire rotations, it’s smart to request a general vehicle inspection as well. During the inspection, all of your vehicle’s vital systems, including steering and suspension, will be checked. If there’s an issue, your service tech can let you know so you can act proactively.

How to Fix a Shaking Car

As you can see, the question of “Why does my car shake when braking?” can lead to a number of answers. As such, it’s smart to have your vehicle inspected by a professional mechanic who can pinpoint the exact problem and remedy it, allowing you to safely get back on the road in West Chester. Every last one of your vehicle’s components should be given proper attention, but the brakes, especially, should never be ignored. If you suspect an issue, you can schedule a service appointment at the Mercedes-Benz of West Chester service center to have your vehicle serviced in a timely manner.

Reach Out to Our Service Team to Learn More!

Have lingering questions about why your car trembles when braking? We invite you to contact our service team online or call us directly at (513) 870-1000 anytime! Our experienced technicians have seen it all, and they’re always happy to assist. Before you visit our Mason-area service center, be sure to take a look at our service specials so you don’t miss out on great savings. Whether you need help with your brakes or your timing belt needs repairs, we can get you a great deal on service.

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