Why Does My Car Shake When It Brakes?
You're pulling up to a stop sign and your car shakes when braking. As you apply the brakes your car begins to jiggle and shake like it's going over a long patch of corrugated iron. But it's not going over corrugated iron, cobblestones, or even a bunch of "Botts’ dots." No, the road surface is perfectly smooth but your car is giving you an unwanted full-body massage. Naturally, you ask yourself, "Why does my car shake when it brakes?"
There are several explanations for car shaking when braking:
- One of your tires could be badly "out of round”
- A wheel could be unbalanced having lost its counterweight
- Your car's front-end alignment could be way out of whack
- Your car's steering might suffer from a loose control arm or damaged knuckle
- You might have a damaged axle shaft that's acting up
- You might even have a case of loose lug nuts, giving the wheel a chance to wobble that becomes especially noticeable as you slow down