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Why is my car shaking?

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It happens all too often. You’re driving down the highway when you’re steering wheel starts vibrating in your hands and you wonder, “What’s going on?”

Well, it could be a number of things that are causing your vehicle to shake.

A lot of times your tires are the culprits. When was the last time you had an alignment, or had your tires balanced? Have you Checked the tread? If it’s wearing unevenly, that can cause vibrating. Having your tires balanced once a year is a good preventive practice notes Angie’s List, which also recommends rotating tires every 5,000 miles or so.

Then again, it could be your tie rods, which connect to your steering wheel. These wear out over time and need to be replaced.

If your car vibrates only when you brake, you might want to think about the last time you had your brakes checked. If you haven’t replaced your brake pads to the point where you’re hearing metal on metal, your rotors have likely warped, causing the vibration, says Angie's List.

If the previous situations don’t apply to you, it’s time to look under the hood in the vicinity of your motor mount. It’s supposed to absorb any vibration, but if it’s bad or worn out, it can’t. You may need a new one.

If that’s not it, it’s time to move underneath your car to your drive shaft. If you drive a four-wheel drive vehicle or a rear-wheel drive, like a pickup, your drive shaft helps send your engine’s power to the rear of the vehicle, says Angie’s List. Drive shaft troubles can be caused by damage to the underside of your car, resulting in an imbalance in the drive shaft. It may need to be replaced.

Douglas Automotive : 123 E. Virginia, Crystal Lake, IL 815.356.0440 : 417 W. Main Street, Barrington, IL : 847. 381.0454 : 416 Northwest Highway, Fox River Grove, IL : 847.639.4552 : www.douglasautomotive.com

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