Common Car Problems

Diagnosing wheel problems

 

Everyone knows that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of common car problems that you may experience over the life of your automobile. Luckily, many problems have symptoms that help you to realize that service is needed. Take problems with your wheels, for instance. These are usually quite noticeable because you will experience slight vibration through your steering column or, in extreme cases, physical shaking. While this may be a great way to make a milkshake, it's not something you want to continue driving with.

Problems with Your Tires

If you're experiencing a slight vibration or shaking, the highest probability is that there's something wrong with your tires. This could be something as simple as incorrect tire pressure, so this is the first thing you should check. Your tires should also be the same type and size, rather than normal tires on one side and mud tires on the other side, for example (yes, this does sometimes happen). Unbalanced tires are also a common cause for vibrations. The next thing to check is the condition of each tire. Uneven wear in the treads can lead to shaking if the problem is serious enough, and physical damage caused by road hazards may also be the culprit. Finally, if you haven't had your tires aligned for an extended amount of time, this could be the issue.

Problems with Your Brake Rotors

If a brake's rotor experiences heavy wear and tear, which is caused by more heat than it's designed to handle, the rotor could get bent out of shape and cause somewhat severe shaking in some cases. This is due to deformation wherein the rotor is raised or lowered in certain areas. So when the rotor is squeezed by the calipers and brake pads in order to make the vehicle come to a stop, these deviations can create a vibration due to the uneven surface. Although other common car problems are more likely, this may still be the cause. If you know how the check this yourself, do it. If not, it's time to call a professional.

Problems with Your Axle

A bent axle will often occur during an accident, even if it was minor. This is why it's important to always have your axles checked if you've been involved in a crash. If a bent axle is to blame, the vibration will increase in intensity as your vehicle picks up speed. A related issue is a damaged driveshaft, which transfers power from your engine to the rear axles. If you believe either of these might be the problem, make an appointment with a mechanic.

 

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