Car Shaking Problems

Besides bent rims and or bad tires what else can cause serious car shaking at high speeds?

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2015-07-15 21:45:53
2015-07-15 21:45:53

A bent hub flange or axle flange can cause this. This can also happen if a wheel rim fits poorly to the brake rotor/drum due to being an incorrect rim for the vehicle or buildup of rust on hub/axle/brake rotor/ brake drum/ wheel rim. Missing centering adapters or incorrect lug nut seating can also cause an off center or out-of plane wheel rim mounting on the vehicle.

Damaged or unbalanced drive axles, driveshafts, and related bearings can cause such vibrations.

Loose wheel bearings can cause these vibrations also.

NEVER let anyone tell you that your shocks can do this. You can take your shocks off and it will NOT cause a shake. It sounds like you might have a bad tie rod end. , Ray

For a possible simpler fix, try having your tires balanced, rotated, and aligned. This can work wonders. Even a simple balancing may do the trick.

could be a bad u joint

If there is a build up of mud or ice frozen on the rim. Steering dampner or u-joint IF you have either, something embedded into the tire such as tar, loose chassis parts such as tie rod ends as mentioned, play in a rack, loose rack mounts, out of balance wheel. NOT alignment.

I had the same problem a few months ago. It turned out to be a split in one of my rear tyres; quite a large split in fact, the tread had badly come away from the main tyre. It was (apparently) most likely caused by salt/grit on the roads building up in my tread then swelling in wet weather. My mechanic automatically went to rebalance my wheels when I reported it but then found the tear, he was surprised that it was causing such a violent shudder and even more surprised that it hadn't burst!

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If they are warped they can cause shaking when braking.

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You bet it can. A bent or out of balance drive shaft will cause serious shaking. A defective U-Joint will also cause it to shake and is very dangerous.

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This question has been recategorized under "Car Shaking Problems." Vibrations at some speeds and not others could be caused by something as simple as a wheel not being balanced properly, or it could be caused by something more serious. Start by having your wheels balanced. Check other answers in the above category too.

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If it only occurs during braking, then you have a rotor or drum issue. Most times it is a warped or scarred surface on the rotor or drum. You may be able to get it resurfaced for a fraction of the cost of replacement.

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