What Does It Mean When Your Car Shakes?


A properly functioning vehicle doesn't shake. It's steady on the road, steady under your command, and completely free from any vibration (as long as you're on a completely clear and mended road). If you're currently experiencing the problem of vibration in the front, rear, or middle of your vehicle, then you need to troubleshoot the problem. While you'll want to bring it into our dealership for a complete diagnostic procedure, we're here to cover a few things that might be the reason for your problem. You can discuss more about these issues with your certified mechanic. It's their job to figure out why your car is shaking and fix it as quickly as possible.

What Does It Mean When Your Car Shakes?

If your vehicle is shaking, it means that something is going wrong with one or more parts of your vehicle. Here are just a few of the things that might be causing the vibration.

  • Your tires are unbalanced or wearing unevenly: This is one of the single biggest causes of a vibration in your car. A flat tire can sometimes cause a vibration as well. Your certified mechanic will check your tires to ensure that they're not the reason for the vibration.

  • Your brakes are malfunctioning: When your brake pads wear down, they can sometimes begin to cause a vibration when you drive. If your car is shaking when you brake, there's a good chance that you're experiencing a brake issue.

  • Your driveshaft is bent: When the driveshaft becomes bent, CV joints are often damaged and worn down. This causes a distinct vibration in your vehicle and requires immediate attention. Leaking lubricant can be a tell-tell sign of this issue, but only a certified mechanic can truly diagnose the problem and fix any driveshaft issues.

  • You're low on gas: This is a no-brainer, but it's amazing how many people simply forget to fuel up before they head out in their car. If you get low on gas, you may notice the vehicle sputtering or vibrating when you press down on the accelerator. And while getting more gas is the simplest solution, remember that running low on gas and continuing to drive your vehicle can in fact cause even more problems, even after you fuel up. If the vibration continues, you might have suffered from still more damage because you were driving with a near empty fuel tank for a small period of time.

All of these problems can result in a vibration while you drive. The best remedy for all of these problems is to get your car into our dealership for a full checkup as soon as possible.

Call Us For An Appointment

Our Reliable Nissan employs a crew of certified technicians who know how to work on all the components of your vehicle, including tires, brakes, driveshafts, and fuel issues. The techs who work here fix your problems and if they can't be fixed, all of our replacement parts are OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. Why? Well, we believe that your vehicle deserves the best, and we believe that OEM parts are what the manufacturer believed would work best in your vehicle. So all of our replacement parts will always be OEM parts. However, many problems with a shaking car can be fixed before it gets to the need for replacement parts. Don't wait! If your vehicle is shaking when you drive, it's time to call us to schedule an appointment. We'll look at your vehicle, diagnose the problem, and get right to work fixing it.

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