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Why is my car shaking when I'm driving?

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WhoCanFixMyCar reveals some of the most common reasons for why your car might be shaking and what you can do to stop it from happening


If your car is shaking as soon as you switch the ignition on, it is more an annoyance than anything else, but must nonetheless be tackled. Fortunately, car vibration could be the cause of a few small issues that are cheaply fixed. Or it could be a costly job, with fears the vibration is doing damage to your vehicle in the long-term. Locating the cause of the vibration can be extremely difficult, but the vibration will not just disappear.

Diagnosing the issue yourself could save a lot of money. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the top reasons why your car might be shaking.


Brake Problems

Worn Out Parts


Axle Problems

Unbalanced Wheels

Engine Problems

Power Steering Problems


Does your car shake more when you apply the brakes? If so, the diagnosis could be as simple as a warped brake rotor. This vibration is typically felt through your brake pedal as well as through the whole vehicle. Your brake caliper may also be sticking, which can be identified with a burning odour and a vibration through the steering wheel, contact a trained mechanic for brake repairs.


Worn out or damaged vehicle components can cause shaking. For example, the driveshaft, which if bent causes the whole vehicle to shake or vibrate. To determine whether this is in fact the cause; check that the clamps are secure and if there are signs of leaking lubricant.


Low rolling resistance (or low profile) tyres are a potential cause of tyre vibration, they reduce drag and resistance on the road. This could be a potential cause of the vibrations.

Similarly, old balder tyres could be a simple cause of road vibration and can be easily replaced with a new set.


The mechanics of the car operate very specifically, made up of rotating parts to perform properly. If one of the axles gets bent, which occasionally happens after an accident, vibration will occur and increase as your driving speed increases.


Occasionally, it is the wheels rather than the tyres that are the source of the car’s shaking.  An imbalance in your wheels may be the cause and although hard to spot, garages can check them out for you and reconvene balance fairly expensive through wheel alignment.


Sometimes the engine doesn’t get the right amount of air, fuel or spark to run smoothly and this can result in the car shaking. To eradicate the issue, you may just need a new set of spark plugs or just have their wires checked out and replaced. The air of fuel filter of your engine may also be dirty or clogged, starving it of the fuel or indeed oxygen that it requires to run smoothly. Filters are relatively inexpensive to replace, if you are unsure contact a local garage via Who Can Fix My Car.


If the car only shakes as you turn the vehicle, then it’s likely a result of the power steering system. We advise that you inspect the system’s hoses for any leaks. Also, check the reservoir for the power steering fluid level. To amend this issue, contact a garage for power steering support.

If you have checked for all these symptoms and are still unable to locate the cause of your car’s shaking, get in touch with a garage as soon as you can.

The car shaking may not feel like an urgent issue, but without even a diagnosis you cannot be sure of the further damage it is causing your vehicle and in turn how costly the repair is becoming.

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