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Why Does My Car Shake When Braking?

Car mechanic Repairing brakes on car. He is changing brake disc

Have you noticed the performance of your car changing, and are wondering, “Why does my car shake when braking?” You may notice your car trembles when braking through the steering wheel or brake pedal, but either way, you’ll want to get to the bottom of the issue. The mechanics at the Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati service center can help. Below, we cover the top reasons your car may be shaking, and the action you need to take to correct the issue! 

Warped Brake Rotors 

Warped or damaged brake rotors are a top cause for your car trembling when braking. Working together with brake pads, brake rotors help stop your wheels from spinning. Age and ongoing wear and tear can cause your brake rotors to get thinner and thinner– ultimately making them prone to damage. During braking, excessive heat can also warp the rotors, causing the brakes pads to slip. This can create a quivering sensation in the brake pedal. 

To prevent brake rotor issues, you’ll need to have them replaced. Typically, brake rotors need to be replaced by 70,000 miles, but you may need to have it done sooner depending on your climate and driving habits in Montgomery. 

Tire Issues

As tires age or get out of alignment, your suspension has to compensate to try to maintain balance and performance. You’ll often feel these issues in the steering wheel as your car trembles when braking. Bumping a curb or hitting a pothole in Sharonville can cause this change in your wheel alignment

Tire alignments are usually performed during routine tire rotations, which are recommended every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.For your vehicle’s tire service intervals, check your owner’s manual. 

Steering & Suspension Problems

With any steering or suspension system issues, you’ll likely feel shaking not only when braking, but during regular driving as well. However, there are situations in which specific parts– such as an axle shaft– will cause you to experience this shaking just during stopping. 

During your routine Mercedes-Benz maintenance tasks, it’s smart to have a general vehicle inspection done as well. With an inspection, your vehicle’s steering and suspension will be checked, along with other vital vehicle components. If an issue is discovered, one of our service technicians will be able to get ahead of the issue. 

Schedule Service at Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati!

Still have questions about, “Why does my car shake when braking?” Our technicians are here to help! Feel free to reach out to use with your questions like how to check your transmission fluid, or schedule an appointment at our service center at Montgomery and Indian Hill. 

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