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“Why does my car shake when braking — and is it safe to continue driving my car?” That’s a question we’ve heard more than a few times from Irvine drivers. Whether it’s your steering wheel or your brake pedal that shakes as you apply the brakes, the experience can be unnerving. It’s safe to drive your car home or to a nearby service center, but we don’t recommend driving much after that until you’ve had your car looked at by an expert.
Most shaky steering wheels are caused by a problem with your tires, brake rotors, or steering and suspension components. The certified Jaguar technicians at Jaguar Newport Beach are happy to help you out at our service center near Newport Beach or over the phone. Read our guide below for more info about why your car trembles when braking.
The most likely reason your car shakes is that the brake rotors are damaged. Brake rotors work along with your brake pads to slow down your car’s wheels when you brake. Over time, rotors break down and get thinner from use. At that point, they’re less resistant to damage — and can become warped from the heat generated by braking. A warped brake rotor can cause the brake pads to slip, which is the shaking you feel as you hit the brake pedal.
While brake rotors and pads can last up to 70,000 miles, the figure can vary based on factors like your driving habits and typical driving terrain in Irvine. Keeping up with your Jaguar regular maintenance schedule is one way to make sure you never go too long without crucial services.
Tire problems can also cause shaking while braking. If your tires are misaligned, the first place you’ll feel it is in the steering wheel. Misaligned tires make your suspension work harder to keep your car balanced. Misalignment can happen from something like running over a curb or a large pothole. That’s why alignment checks should be a part of regular tire care for your Jaguar vehicle. Contact our service team for more info on how to get the most out of your tires!
Finally, if your car isn’t shaking due to brake rotor or tire issues, there may be a problem with the steering or suspension. In this case, you’ll notice your car shaking not just while braking, but any time you drive. To prevent this issue in the future, be sure to have your steering and suspension components checked every time you stop by your Costa Mesa-area service center for a routine tire rotation.
Now that you know a little more about why your car trembles when braking, reach out to Jaguar technicians at Newport Beach for next steps. We’re happy to help you out as much as we can over the phone, and we’re here to help if you prefer to stop by for service near Huntington Beach. Contact us if you have additional questions about why your car shakes when braking or what color is transmission fluid.
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