Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?

Are you wondering “why does my car shake when I brake?” If so, we recommend visiting a certified service center in the Maple Shade, Cherry Hill, and Moorestown areas for a professional diagnosis. Our team at Elite Acura cites several reasons why your car could be shaking or shuddering when braking. Keep reading and make sure to contact our service team if you have any questions!

1.Your Brake Pads Are Worn

How to Change Brake PadsWhen you hit the brakes, your brake pads clamp down on either side of the round piece of steel on the inside of your wheel—also known as the rotor. This action creates friction that brings your car to a stop. Over time, this friction will cause the material on your brake pads to wear down, which is normal and is exactly what they’re supposed to do.

As your brake pads wear down, you may begin to hear a squeaking sound while braking. This is the wear indicator letting you know that you’re due for a new set of brake pads. At this point, you’ll want to replace your brake pads soon or your rotors may warp and cause your car to shake when braking.

2.Your Rotors Are Warped

As we already mentioned, if your brake pads wear down too far, they may eventually cause your rotor to warp. This can also happen from frequent braking, as the heat from the friction causes uneven wear on your brake rotors. If your rotors are warped, your brake pad may slip when pressed against the rotor, which is why you may experience a shuddering or shaking sensation during braking.

Schedule service with a technician as soon as possible to ensure that your vehicle is able to brake properly.

3.Your Tires Need to Be Balanced

Brake serviceWhen new tires are installed on your vehicle, the technicians strategically place weights on the walls of your tires. Tires—even new ones—aren’t perfectly round and have weight imbalances that need to be counteracted.

As you drive, these weights may shift, causing your tires to become unbalanced. Unbalanced tires result in your car shaking when braking. It may even create a shuddering sensation while driving. We recommend scheduling service with your dealership’s tire center to have your tires balanced.

4.Your Tires Have Uneven Wear

If your tires don’t wear down evenly, your car may shake during driving or braking. This can happen naturally over time as all four tires are not used evenly by your vehicle. Front-wheel drive cars, for example, place more strain on the front tires than the back ones.

To avoid this, you’ll need to have your tires rotated regularly, which involves moving the front tires to the rear and the rear tires to the front. If you think your tires have worn unevenly, it’s important to have it corrected because worn tire tread can cause traction issues, especially when braking during rain or snow.

What to Do If Your Car Shakes When Braking

We recommend making an appointment with our service center to help answer the question, “Why does my car shake when I brake?” We can give your vehicle a thorough inspection and find out exactly what kind of service you need to keep your car in great shape for your drives through Moorestown, Cherry Hill, and Maple Shade.

Contact Elite Acura to make your service appointment today!

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