Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?

Have you been asking yourself, why does my car shake when I brake? If so, it may be time to visit a certified service center in the Slidell, Picayune, and St. Tammany Parish areas. Luckily, that’s where Honda of Slidell comes in.

We have a team of factory-trained and -certified technicians who can give your vehicle a thorough inspection to find out exactly why your car is shaking or shuddering. Here are some of the most common brake issues:

  • Worn Brake Pads
  • Warped Rotors
  • Unbalanced Tires
  • Tire Wear

Below we’ll go into more detail about these these common brake issues.

Worn Brake Pads

If your car is shaking when braking, your brake pads may be worn down. This is completely normal and exactly what they’re designed to do.

When you hit the brakes, your brake pads clamp down on either side of the rotor-a round piece of steel on the inside of your wheel. Clamping down on the rotor creates friction that brings your car to a stop.

Over time, this friction will wear down the material on your brake pads. When that happens, you may hear a squeaking sound as you brake that indicates your pads are due for a replacement. It can also cause your car to shake when you brake.

This is simple to fix. All you have to do is visit your dealership’s service center for a quick brake pad replacement.

Warped Rotors

The braking friction your car makes when you hit the brake pedal can also warp the rotors over time. This can create uneven wear on your rotors, which may result in a shuddering or shaking feeling when braking.

To ensure that your brakes work properly, schedule service with a factory-trained technician as soon as possible if this happens.

Other Reasons Why Your Car is Shaking When You Brake

While these common brake issues may be causing your car to shake, there are other factors that can also cause that shuddering sensation. Therefore, it’s best to have a trained and trusted technician give your vehicle a once-over and provide an accurate diagnosis to get you the right kind of fix.

Some of the other causes of a shaking vehicle include:

Unbalanced Tires

New tires aren’t completely round, even when they’re new. So, when they’re installed on your car, technicians strategically place weights on the tire walls to even out the weight imbalances. While you drive, these weights can shift, especially if you spend a lot of time on bumpy or worn roadways.

When the weights shift, your tires can become unbalanced and cause your car to shake when braking and even while actively driving. If this sounds like you, visit your dealership’s tire center to have your tires checked out.

Tire Wear

Just like your brake pads and rotors, your tires will wear down over time. If they wear down unevenly, your car may end up shaking when you brake.

Sometimes, this can be a common occurrence since your car doesn’t use all four wheels evenly. For example, front-wheel drive cars will place more strain on the front tires than the back tires. The best way to counteract this is to have your tires rotated regularly-preferably with every oil change.

Making sure that your tire tread wears evenly can also help improve traction control on wet or slippery roadways.

Why Does Your Car Shake When You Brake?

If you want personalized help with answering the question, why does my car shake when I brake? then come to Honda of Slidell. The technicians in our state-of-the-art facility will gladly inspect your vehicle for common brake issues or other reasons it may be shaking.

Drivers around Picayune, Slidell, and St. Tammany Parish can contact us to schedule service today!

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