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Why Does My Car Shake When Braking?

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It is a cause for concern when your car trembles when braking. Shaking or trembling is a symptom of a greater issue. We’re here to answer, “Why does my car shake when braking,” and “brake” down the possible issues.

The most common reason why a car trembles when braking is warped rotors tire problems. We will discuss both below. Contact us if you have any further car repair questions.


The Brake Rotors Are Warped

The most common reason why cars experience shaking or trembling is warped or damaged brake rotors. Brake rotors work in conjunction with the brake pads to prevent your car wheels from spinning. When rotors reach the end of their life, they become thin and prone to damage. If your car overheats, that can cause your brake rotors to warp, in turn causing the brake pads to slip and creating a trembling sensation in your car,

Brake rotors should be replaced within the first 70,000 miles but might need to be done sooner, depending on your driving habits and Nashville climate.


If your car trembles when braking, tire health could be the cause. Old or misaligned tires that have undergone wear and tear on Hendersonville roads damage other parts of your vehicle, which causes the shaking. Old tires put extra pressure on your car’s suspension to keep it balanced. Hitting a curb or driving over a pothole can cause misalignment, so try to avoid them as much as possible.

A way to protect your tires from weakening is keeping up with your routine maintenance schedule and knowing how often to rotate your tires,

Steering & Suspension Issues

Steering and suspension problems will cause shaking or trembling when braking and while you’re on the road to Clarksville. A damaged axle shaft can cause brake-specific problems.

Take your used vehicle into your nearest service center to have your car evaluated. They will diagnose the problem and fix it on site. To save time servicing your vehicle, you can request a full check-up on your vehicle to make sure everything is operating correctly.

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