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What Causes Brake Vibrations?

When you are driving around and suddenly feel a vibration in your car, it can be a little unnerving. Whether you are just getting used to the brakes, or they have always been like this, it is important to know what causes that vibration when you brake.

What Actually Happens When You Are Braking?

When you press down on the brake pedal and stop the car, there are several things happening at once. First, you are stopping the rotation of your tires (which is what actually causes the friction that causes your car to slow down). Second, you are forcing fluid through hoses connected to pistons within each brake caliper (that is what makes those pistons push against pads). Third—and this is where things get interesting—the fluid pushes back against those pistons to create pressure that helps slow down your car further.

What Causes The Vibration When Braking?

Vibrations while breaking are never a good sign! They can indicate a problem with your car's braking system, engine, transmission, or suspension, but they can also be caused by something as simple as a loose wheel.
If you are having this problem, it could be from one of several things:

  • Your brakes are worn out and need to be replaced
  • Your rotors are warped or damaged, which means they need to be replaced
  • Your calipers are stuck in place and need to be adjusted or repaired
  • Your suspension system is worn out and needs to be inspected for damage or problems
  • Or even a bent rim or wheel hub.

What You Need To Do If Your Car Is Vibrating When You Brake.

Brake vibration is a common issue that can be caused by a number of different issues!
If your car is vibrating when you brake, the first thing you need to get it inspection and the issue fixed. We will inspect your brakes, calipers, rotors and pads and let you know what needs to be done.
If you need your brakes checked and repaired, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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