Bob Howard Chevrolet can help you learn why your car is shaking in idle.
As a driver, one of the unnerving feelings is when you can feel your car shudder when driving. Is it a flat tire, did a giant pothole damage my car suspension, or did I break the driveshaft? There are a few components that may be the culprit as to why your vehicle is vibrating, and the amount of the potential problems can vary greatly. The most probable cause of the vibrating generally happens in the vicinity of your tires and wheels. The wheels and tires plant the vehicle to the road, and if anything is a bit wonky, you’re going to notice. It might be a broken transmission mount or a broken caliper. These more severe failures may leave you stranded on the side of the road.
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If you got different wheels and tires recently, the car vibrating could be caused by the wheels and tires not being balanced correctly. Tire balancing is making sure the tire and wheel weight is. If you feel the tire vibration while you are driving, it could be a tire that is no longer balanced properly. If the tires are balanced, but your car is still vibrating, ensure the tires are inflated to the correct air pressure, and be sure to check if the lugnuts are fully tightened and make sure the tire pressure is correct. If your tires are the cause of the shake, you should have them looked at immediately.
If your vehicle shudders when you brake, that is a pretty obvious signal that you should have your brakes checked out. The most likely cause of your steering wheel shudder is warped brake rotors. When you press the brake pedal, pieces of metal called brake pads squeeze the brake rotors to stop your vehicle. A smooth surface offers smooth braking. A warped surface will shudder when braking, like how a brick road feels rougher than a highway. Other possible causes of the shuddering include frozen calipers or damaged suspension components. If you feel your steering wheel start to wobble, bring it in to get it inspected.
If a vehicle is shuddering before you even start driving, then you likely have some broken car parts. The most common causes of your vehicle shaking at idle are:
The Driveshaft has Broken – If not perfectly balanced or damaged, it may cause shakes
Worn CV joints – Working together with the drive shaft, cv joints get the engine power to the wheels and, if damaged, can be the cause of the vehicle shaking in idle.
Engine Mounts That Are Broken – As the name implies, these components help affix the engine to the car. If they get broken or even damaged, it can make the engine shake.
If you’ve felt a new shudder in your car, then bring it in, and we’ll inspect it for any trouble spots. Our knowledgeable technicians will find the cause of the shudder and get you back on the road quickly.
Bob Howard Chevrolet is one of the most trusted places to get vehicle service in the En area. We proudly service all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUVs. One of our factory-trained experts will inspect your vehicle to determine if there are any necessary repairs and will suggest the best solution for you and your vehicle. Schedule your Silverado 1500 service online or in person today.