Why Does My Car Vibrate When I Brake?

Cars require effective braking mechanisms to operate safely on the road. Have you noticed that your car vibrates when you apply the brakes? This may be indicative of a serious problem.

Let’s take a look at what’s causing that vibration and what you should do next.

A brake and rotor

Let’s Talk About Brakes

Before we talk about what’s wrong with your brakes, let’s discuss what your brakes are in the first place. Let’s start with the wheel. Behind your tire is a vital part of your braking system. There’s a rotor, your brake pads, and a caliper that brings them together when you press on your brake pedal.

As the pads and rotor come together, friction helps to encourage your car to stop. Though most people know they need to change their brake pads regularly, not many know about the importance of maintaining their rotors.

Unless your rotors are old or abnormally worn down, you shouldn’t have to replace them for a long, long time. They’re made to last. However, if your car is vibrating when you brake, then your rotors might be in for an early retirement.

The Brake Rotors Need Your Attention

Your rotors are a crucial part to your braking system. As you press on your brake pedal, calipers and brake pads will compress on your rotors and start to slow your car. If your steering wheel wobbles when this happens, there is a chance your rotors are warped or uneven in some way.

There are several different ways your rotor can become uneven or warped.

  • Dirt and rust on the disc face of the rotor.
  • Incorrect installation of pattern-specific rotors can cause problems.
  • Extreme stress on the metal including towing a heavy load, driving up mountains, and other forms of stress.

The best way to deal with this problem is to take your car into your local Frederick, MD brake service shop for the advice of a professional. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not the rotors need repair or a full replacement based on the damage they observe.

Ken’s Automotive and Transmissions Can Help

If you’ve noticed a vibrating sensation when you apply your brakes, then come in to our Frederick brake repair shop today. We’ll take a look at your brake system from a wide variety of angles and make sure that you drive away safely.

Give us a call at (301) 662-5100 today to learn more.

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