Why Does My Car Shake When Braking?

Potential Causes & Solutions


If you’ve noticed that your car trembles when braking on Edina roads, then it’s time to get some answers. When a car shakes after braking, there are several potential causes, including brake rotors, misaligned tires, or issues with your suspension. It’s important that you diagnose the issues as quickly as possible, and our VW service experts can help! Learn more about the potential causes for car shaking with the experts at Luther Westside Volkswagen!


Warped Brake Rotors

A very common cause of car trembling when braking is warped brake rotors. Brake rotors work alongside your brake pads to stop the wheels from spinning, but they thin out over time. These thin rotors lack the strength to keep your brake pads in place, so the pads will slip as you brake – leading to that shaking or trembling feeling.

While most Minnetonka drivers change brake rotors within the first 70,000 miles, you can schedule your service earlier if needed, especially if you’re noticing your vehicle shaking.

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Misaligned Tires

Your tires can cause vibrations and shaking while braking. This can result from a set of tires past its prime or a set that is out of alignment. In either scenario, your suspension system will work overtime to keep your car straight. Not only can this affect your tires, but your suspension system as well!

Get your tires rotated and inspected every 5,000 to 7,500 miles to prevent this, or chat with our experts to find an interval that suits your needs.

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Wobbling Suspension

What if your car trembles not just during braking, but also throughout your Minneapolis commute? You might be dealing with an issue with your suspension or steering system. This is often the result of a damaged part like an axle shaft, so it’s important to get a good inspection and diagnosis.

We also recommend scheduling a general inspection during your oil changes or other maintenance services to help catch these issues before they get out of hand.

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Schedule Your VW Service at Luther Westside Volkswagen

Why does my car shake when braking? The experts at Luther Westside Volkswagen can accurately diagnose and resolve your issue at our St Louis Park facility, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact us with your questions or schedule your appointment online at any time. We look forward to getting you back on the road!


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