Vibration is one of the most common and bothersome problems that cars develop after they have been on the road for some time.
The problem develops gradually that you might not notice, but eventually you will find that you will no longer be able to put up with the annoyance.
Car vibrations need thorough assessment by someone with an extensive automotive background, but it is something you can develop a good feel of yourself while driving the car.
Fixing the problem may be simple and cheap or it may be difficult and costly; that’s why any sign of car vibration should be taken seriously.
Here we look at some causes of car vibration.
Some vibrations are as a sign of engine trouble. Shudder or shake may come from the engine compartment. It happens when the engine is not getting enough fuel, air or spark that it needs to run smoothly.
Symptoms of this problem include jerking or shudder during acceleration, staccato shaking within a specific speed range, and a situation where the car starts off well but later begins to shake.
These symptoms may signal that you need a new set of spark pugs or the spark plug wires require replacing or they are not connected in the proper order.
You also need to check the air and fuel filter. If they are dirty or clogged, they can starve the engine of the much needed oxygen or fuel.
Vibrations can also result from bent axles or driveshaft. Cars have many reciprocating, rotating parts that have to fall within certain tolerances or measurements in order to function properly.
A problem with the axle creates a vibration that increases with your speed. So if you notice such a problem, you need to check the axle and the driveshaft.
The driveshaft transfers engine power to the rear axles and wheels in rear-wheel drive vehicles; if it is bent, shaking may result.
Another related problem is that of worn-out constant velocity (CV) joints. If the boots are torn, dirt, dust and road filth gets in and damages the joints, this results in vibrations.
Warped brake rotors may also cause vibration. If your car vibrates when you apply brakes, it may mean that your car is tooling about with wrapped brake rotor(s).
The rotor may get bent due to heavy wear and tear. This may result from overheating due to more stopping than that particular rotor can handle. The brake pads and clippers will not be able to get an even grip on a wrapped rotor and this will result in vibration.
If you can’t fix this problem on your own, better look for a brake specialist who will tell you the condition of your car’s rotors or brake drums and offer the best solution.
Another cause of vibrations is poor wheel alignment or it may indicate that the wheel bearings need replacement.
Even though the bearings are designed to last the life of the car, exposing them to a more-than-normal load or mileage may wear them out.
After eliminating all other problems, let an expert check your wheels thoroughly since they are the main cause of car vibrations and wobbling.