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Common Reasons Why Your Vehicle Vibrates

By: Adenosine (M) |Time : April 08, 2018, 10:41:08 AM
Has your vehicle ever shaken so much it got you distraught? Well, here are some of the common reasons that can cause a car to shake.

The commonest reason for a vehicle to shake is related to the condition of one or more of the tyres.  If the tyres are out of balance, then the steering wheel can shake. This shaking starts at around 70-75 kilometres per hour (kph). It gets worse around 80 kph. Ironically, it starts to get better at higher speeds.

Sometime , the brake rotors can be the cause of shaking. If your steering wheel shakes while you are braking, then the problem could be caused by “out of round” brake rotors. This vibration can also be felt through your brake pedal.
 
Another common problem that can cause shaking is when a brake calliper sticks on.  When this happens, you will experience a vibration through the steering wheel starting at 55 to 60 km per hour. It will get very bad the faster you go, and you will also smell a burning odour when you stop.

The good news is that these problems are easily avoided or corrected. The tyre problem can be avoided by purchasing good quality tyres and by having all of the tyres carefully inspected when your car goes in for preventive maintenance service.

The brake problem can be avoided by including brake calliper service when your brakes are due for maintenance. This is particularly important for vehicles that have over 100,000 kilometres on them. And, like your tyres, have all of your brake pads inspected as part of a regularly scheduled preventive maintenance programme.

In fact, by sticking to your manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance programme, you can avoid or predict these problems. Normally, the brake and tyre inspections are performed when you have an oil change.  In the case of motorists who put very little kilometres on their vehicles because they seldom use them, this should be performed at the six-month vehicle check-up.

Tyres wearing in a strange way or having a wheel that’s out of round can both be signs of what’s causing a vibration issue. If one of the front or rear brake pads (out of four) is seen wearing more than the others, this is a sign that the brake calliper is sticking.

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