Why does my car shake when I use my brakes?


While driving your car, everything feels fine until you apply your brakes. All of a sudden you feel your vehicle shaking and you have a vibrating sensation going through your pedal and steering wheel. What’s the cause of this?

Every time you apply your brakes, the friction causes you to naturally generate heat in your braking system. Over time this heat warps and thins the rotors flat surface and becomes uneven. This uneven shape will cause your brake pads to slip when you apply your brakes. This causes the pulsating effect you feel in the brake pedal and occasionally your steering wheel. While re-surfacing your rotor is an option in some circumstances, we recommend a full rotor replacement. Regardless bring your vehicle to an ASE-certified mechanic for a brake inspection.