Car Shakes When Braking

Brakes, Tires and Wheels

By Rodney (Mechanics)

Drivers usually have a pretty good idea about the condition of their cars based on how it performs while being driven. As a vehicle owner and driver, you will be able to notice when your car starts to perform differently than normal. One of the most common car issues that can be noticed straight away is when the car shakes while being driven. A few reasons can be behind the shaking, but usually it involves the condition of the braking mechanism. But, you can’t simply replace the brake just because the car shakes when brake pressure is applied.

The Symptoms of Car Shaking

Some possible reasons can be behind why the car shakes while you’re driving it. Normally, a worn condition on your tires can lead to vibration on the moving vehicles. But, if you notice that the car starts to shake every time you press the brake pedal, then the real solution might call for a replacement of the braking components. You might still need to specify the issue since your brake will have several parts that make up the whole mechanism. While each part will work together to slow and stop the vehicle when needed, a problem with any of those parts can actually create vehicle vibration and will need to be replaced.

Brake Rotor

Braking Rotors Causing the Vibration

Your braking rotors might be the cause of vibration if you notice that the shaking occurs on the steering and the brake pedal. The braking rotor is the part that can slow down the movement of the vehicle. If the rotor position goes out of balance, then vibration will be sent to some parts of the vehicle, including the steering wheel and brake pedal. Get an inspection from a certified technician to look into the condition of your braking rotors.

Brake Pad Replacement

Brake Pad Replacement Signs

A worn condition on the brake pads might also be the cause of your car to shake. Brake pads have a limited lifespan, and you will need to replace this component from time to time. Usually, you can feel the car shake when the brake pad is only about ¼ of its original thickness. This means that you will need to replace this component with a new one. Another symptom of replacement is a high pitch sound every time you press the brake pedal. The sound and the vibration occur due to the metal tab on the brake pad.

Brake Caliper Sticking Cause Shaking

The brake calipers are used to push the brake pad to the rotors. This mechanism is possible due to the use of brake fluid that gets pumped in the fluid lines. A hydraulic pressure will be created, which in turn will activate the calipers to press the brake pads against the rotors. When the calipers are not functioning properly, the component could be sticking and will fail to push the pads. As a result, the steering wheel will sense some vibration.

Brake Caliper Sticking

Have Your Braking System Checked?

Brake Change. Always get a certified mechanic to perform necessary checks on your braking system when the car feels shaky when you drive them. They will be able to find the root cause for the vibration and recommend the required repair steps. You might also need to replace some braking components to ensure a smooth and safe journey with your vehicle.