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Affording Auto Repair

I wish that I knew how to do my own auto repairs, but I’m just not mechanically inclined. I’ve tried to learn to do basic things, but so far it just hasn’t worked out for me. Since I can’t save money by doing my auto repairs myself, I try to save money as best I can by shopping around for the best deals in auto repair in my town. I’ve also learned that even if I can’t fix my own car problems, I can educate myself about them. You’d be surprised how many repair shops will try to charge you for unnecessary repairs. I’ve learned enough that I understand how to spot those unnecessary charges and avoid them, and I stick with the shops that I know aren’t trying to cheat me.

What Is Vibration In Your Car A Symptom Of?

Vibration in your car can be caused by a lot of different problems. Here are some of the most common reasons for the shaking in your car. These problems can get serious if left untreated, so make sure you get your car to an auto repair shop as soon as you can.

Problems with the engine

You engine can contribute to these symptoms if it is not getting enough fuel, air or spark. If you feel jerking during acceleration, shaking similar to that produced when going over rumble strips during driving in a specific range of speed or shaking after a period of operation, you may have problems with your engine. You may need to replace your spark plugs or check the spark plug wires for loose connections. A dirty air filter or fuel filter can also lead to these problems by limiting the supply of air or fuel.

Problems with the axle

A bent axle will result in jostling, especially at high speeds. Driveshafts can also be bent and result in shaking. CV joints that have worn out will also result in the same symptoms. Often, the boots of the drive axle joints can get torn and the dirt and dust that makes its way to the joint can cause damage and vibration. 

Problems with brakes

If your shaking comes when you apply the brakes, you probably have a problem with the brakes. Warped brake rotors that result from overheating can lead to vibration. The brake pads will not be able to grab hold of the rotor and the car will begin to shake.

Problems with the wheels.

If you feel the vibration through the steering wheel, one of the most common causes will be misalignment of the wheels. Wheels may also have excessive play at the hub if it is not properly fastened with torqued long nuts. You may also need to replace the wheel bearings. There is also the problem of excessive runout which is when the wheel does not turn in a close to perfect circle when rolling. This can be remedied by replacing the wheel. Additional causes may be worn ball joints or tie-rod ends. 

Problems with tires

Tires are one of the most common causes of shaking. There are several problems that can cause it- improper balance, separated treads, uneven tire wear and out of round tires. While some of these problems can be fixed by a rotation or balance, sometimes you may need to replace the tire.

An experienced auto repair mechanic can tell you what the problem is if you are unable to diagnose and fix it yourself.