Why Is My Car Shuddering?

Updated April 17, 2017

It can be a bit worrisome when your car continuously shakes and quivers on the road. This sudden and disturbing occurrence is usually a sign that the car is not safe to drive. Shuddering could be due to a multitude of reasons, and requires that the car be checked thoroughly to ensure that it is road worthy.

Wheel Alignment

When car wheels are out of alignment, they can cause the vehicle to shudder. To align the wheels, adjust them so they are perpendicular to the ground and equidistant to each other. Wheel alignment adjustments are essential to maximise tire life.

Worn Shock Absorbers

The purpose of a shock absorber is to absorb energy and to act as a cushion for vehicles on an uneven road. Worn shock absorbers can cause uneven tire wear, which can cause the car to shudder.

Worn Motor Mount

Motor Mounts hold up the structure of the engine and transmission as well as cut down noise and vibration in your car, particularly when the car is moving at high speeds. If a mechanic discovers that worn motor mounts are the cause of vibration, you will need t replace the mounts.

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