Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?

For the most part, driving around Atlantic City and Egg Harbor should be smooth sailing. However, there could come a time when your car shakes when you brake, and you might wonder why that’s happening.

We’ll give you the most common reasons below along with ways to resolve them. Read through the information supplied by Boardwalk Honda, then contact us to schedule service for your automobile.

1. Wobbling Rotors

Brake Disc

You may at one point hit the brakes and feel a pulsing in the brake pedal. This can occur when the brake rotors have a wobble or vary in thickness. When that happens, the brake pads can’t be parallel to the rotor face, resulting in them slipping when the brakes are applied.

If you experience a pulsation in the brake pedal or even shaking in the steering wheel, then the rotors will need to be repaired as soon as possible. First, they should be measured for thickness and inspected for any cracks or heat spots. But if the rotor is too distorted, then you’ll need to get new ones.

2. Issues Regarding Alignment

A car that’s out of alignment can also cause you to feel vibrations in the brake pedal. One way to test if your ride is misaligned is to travel at speeds up to 50-60 MPH on a straight path with no other cars around. Let go of the steering wheel for a moment and see if the vehicle immediately goes left or right. If it does, then it’s out of alignment.

A misaligned automobile can cause various problems, such as fast tire wear and worn suspension parts. That’s why you’ll want to get a 2- or 4-wheel alignment as soon as you can (this depends on what type of car you have). Then, you’ll want to get a tire rotation after the alignment to keep the tires in peak performance.

3. Dirty or Damaged Brake Pads

Any issues with the brake pads could also lead to vibrations, especially in the steering wheel. If the pads have dirt, oil, or other substances on them, then you may feel shaking when they grip the rotor.

You could also feel vibrations if the brake pads are damaged in any way, like being warped or excessively worn. But if it’s indeed an issue with the pads, then you’ll most likely hear a high-pitched squealing or whining noise whenever you brake. One of the best ways to fix this issue is to replace the brake pads as soon as you can.

4. Worn Suspension Parts


Finally, your car might shake when you brake from worn suspension components-and you may even feel the vibrations when not fully braking. In fact, if the car shakes when turning only, then it’s likely an issue with the suspension.

Some examples of suspension parts are:

  • Ball joints
  • Tie rods
  • Wheel bearings

You could have a loose control arm, a damaged knuckle, or a bent axle shaft. But in order to determine which parts are worn (if any), you’ll want to have your automobile inspected by a certified tech. If it’s determined that certain parts are damaged, they’ll need to be replaced with brand-new genuine OEM parts.

Schedule Service for Your Car Today

If your car starts to shake when driving around Atlantic City or Egg Harbor, then you’ll want to have it inspected as soon as possible.

Contact Boardwalk Honda, and our service technicians will get your vehicle as good as new again!


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