Why Is My Car Shaking?

Wheel Alignment

If you’ve driven the same car for a long time you might notice that it eventually starts to shake. It’s a normal sign of wear and tear on your vehicle, but not many people know what it means.

At BMW of Atlantic City, we want to make sure that drivers in the Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland areas are well informed on the signs that it’s time to take your car in for service. Keep reading to learn the likely source of what’s rattling your vehicle and what you can do to stop it.

Your Tires Are Worn

Worn Out TiresThe most likely reason that your car is shaking is due to your tires. Your tires could cause your car to vibrate for a number of reasons, but it mainly comes down to two: Worn out tires or low tire pressure.

Figuring out if your tires are old or just need to be topped off isn’t always obvious, but there’s a couple things you can do to diagnose the problem. Place a penny in the tread of your tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means your tires are balding and it’s time to have them replaced.

As far as tire pressure goes, you can see if it’s low using a tire pressure gauge. You can also visually inspect your vehicle’s tires. If they seem to sag or look like they’re slowly going flat, then it might be good to fill them back up.

The Wheel Alignment Is Off

If your tires seem fine, the next place you might want to look is in the wheels themselves. The wheels have weights that help keep them stable. If these weights are knocked out of alignment by a pothole or uneven pavement, they can cause uneven weight distribution.

If you suspect your wheels are to blame, you might want to take your vehicle into your local service center to have your car diagnosed. The problem can be fixed rather easily and safely there.

The Brakes Are Warped

Brake Pad ReplacementOne of the most common victims of wear and tear on a vehicle is the brakes. These guys take a lot of heavy duty over the life of a car, so it’s good to have them looked at every now and then. If your car shakes most often when you’re applying your brakes, it’s likely that your brake pads have become worn.

Brake pad replacements are one of the most common brake repairs, so that will be the first place your service technician will look. It could also be your calipers or your discs becoming worn out and warped from the friction of the road. It’s always a good idea to have your brakes inspected regularly either way.

Visit Our BMW Service Center Today

If you’re not sure what the problem is, you should visit a service center for proper diagnosis. It is always safer to put work like this in the hands of a professional to keep you and your vehicle protected.

If your vehicle is shaking, don’t wait for the problem to get worse before you take it in for service. Visit our service center at BMW of Atlantic City as soon as possible. We are a premier dealership serving the Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland areas. Schedule your service appointment with us over the phone or online today!