Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?

Maintenance Tech Checking Car's Brakes

When it comes to safety while driving, there may not be a more important system than the brakes of your car. You rely on them to help you slow down and stop at a quick rate when navigating the roads of Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland.

Most of the time, they smoothly bring you to stop. Your brakes through experience wear down like other parts and require maintenance to be performed to keep them operating the way they are designed to. At other times though, this wear or other issues that may arise can cause your brakes to make unusual noises or cause the car to shake when engaged.

There are many reasons why your car is shaking when you brake. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Worn out brake pads and rotors
  • Wheel alignment issues
  • Worn suspension components

This guide will break down each of the above reasons so you can get an answer to the question “why is my car shaking when breaking?”. Our team of expert technicians at BMW of Atlantic City are here to service your brakes and get them back to smoothly performing their job.

Worn Out Brake Pads and Rotors

If you are experiencing a shaking feeling while braking, you will first want to have your brakes inspected to judge the condition of the brake pads and rotors. These main components of your braking system are crucial in slowing and stopping your vehicle. When you press your foot on the brake, the pads push against the rotors to create friction that eventually will make your vehicle come to a stop.

Over time, they become worn and your brake pads will need to be replaced. If they become too worn or unevenly worn, they aren’t making consistent and smooth contact with each other when you brake. This can cause your car to shake.

Out of Alignment

Beyond issues specific to the parts of your braking system, there are other issues that may be causing your car to shake while you brake. When you step on the brake and notice that the pedal and car start to vibrate, this can be a sign that your car is out of alignment.

You can test if the car is misaligned by seeing if the steering wheel starts to pull you either left or right when you are cruising at higher speeds on the highway.  Having your car aligned helps the tires last longer and keeps the suspension components properly working.

Suspension Components are Worn

Changing BrakesSpeaking of the suspension, these parts also will become worn over time. If you are noticing the shaking happening while you are turning too, this may be due to the ball joints, wheel bearings, or any other parts of the suspension are too worn and need to be replaced.

Having Your Brakes Serviced

When the issue of your car shaking while braking does arise, it is important to have the issue fixed as soon as possible. Drivers in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland can bring their vehicle to us at BMW of Atlantic City to have our trained technicians get your brakes back to performing the way they should.

They can inspect your vehicle to see if your brake pads, rotors, or other parts need to be replaced and get you back to smoothly braking as quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment with our service center today to have your brakes serviced.