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Reasons Why Your Car is Vibrating

January 8, 2015 / 

Car breakdowns are usually sudden and can occur at any time, anywhere; without any prior notice. But, at times, vehicles do show symptoms, indicating a mechanical failure could be right around the corner. One such symptom that is quite common is unwanted vibrations of the car.

If your car is shaking or vibrating, here are some common probable reasons for this happening.

Shaky Steering Wheel

This is a situation that drivers report when the car is at higher speeds. After attaining a speed of 55 to 60 miles per hour, the steering wheel begins to vibrate. Initially the vibrations are said to be mild but as the speed increases, they become more and more vigorous.

  • Tires being out of balance are one of the common causes of shaky steering wheels indicating that there might be an issue with the alignment or the air pressure of the tires. This should not be ignored; rather contact your dealer’s service department to get this checked as quickly as possible.
  • Worn out shock absorbers or struts are also a reason behind the vibration of steering wheels. This shiver is initially sensed at the steering wheel of the car, but then, it gradually spreads throughout the vehicle, making the ride uneven, and uncomfortable.

Misfiring of the Engine

At times, drivers encounter a vibration from the engine area, too. The most common reason behind this is a worn out sparkplug that makes the engine unable to fire each of the cylinders properly. As a result of a misfiring of the engine, a vibration starts.

An easy way to fix this issue is to replace the faulty sparkplugs with new ones.

Transmission Fluid or Filter

Low transmission fluid or a clogged filter also causes the same issue. If this is the case, then you will sense a significant amount of vibration, particularly when the car is accelerating. Replacing the filter or getting it cleaned is the simple solution to fix this flaw.

Now, when you have figured out one of the possible top reasons causing unwanted vibrations in your car, time to stop ignoring it and make an appointment with your dealer’s service department now.

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