Why Does My Car Shake When Braking?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

There are few things that are more unsettling than feeling your car shake when you’re trying to brake. But don’t panic. The Service Center at Ole Ben Franklin Motors is here to help. There can be several reasons why a car trembles when braking, and our brake experts know all of them. We’ve helped thousands of Farragut customers just like you get their vehicles back on the road, travelling safely, in no time. So, if you’re wondering, “Why does my car shake when braking?”, read on. We’ve got the answers.

Help! Why Does My Car Shake When Braking?

The reason a car trembles when braking usually has to do with one of the components under your car wearing out. Schedule an appointment with us so that we can troubleshoot the exact issue. Here are some possible answers to “Why does my car shake when braking?”:

  • Brake Pads – Most brakes, except for drum brakes, consist of pads and rotors. The pads are designed to gradually wear down. If you hear a squeal when you brake, it’s time to schedule a service appointment so that you can keep driving safely on Sevierville roads.
  • Brake Rotors – Sometimes the rotors get warped or worn as well. These will also need to be replaced if that’s the case.
  • Brake Shoes – The brakes on some cars, especially older cars, have brakes and shoes instead of pads and rotors. The shoes work like pads and will need to be replaced from time to time.
  • Brake Drums – Drums are similar to rotors. They get cracked or damaged sometimes. If that is the case with your brake drums, they will need to be replaced right away.
  • Tires – Tires that are worn or misaligned can also be a reason why a car trembles when braking.
  • Wheel Bearings – If wheel bearings are worn or damaged, they can cause your vehicle to tremble.
  • Suspension components – There are multiple suspension components that can cause the problem, and they will need to be checked by a professional.

Trust Your Car to the Experts at Ole Ben Franklin Motors of Knoxville

If your car starts to shake when braking, don’t panic. The knowledgeable professionals at Ole Ben Franklin Motors have got you covered. We’ll get the job done right the first time. While you’re here, check out our service specials. We’re just a short drive away from Seymour, so drop by or contact us today! Do you also notice your brakes making noise? Learn what it means when your brakes are grinding today with our team.

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