4 Issues That Cause Your Car to Shake

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4 Issues That Cause Your Car to Shake

Having your car shake, rattle, and roll while you’re driving can be both annoying and potentially unsafe. These questions may help to pinpoint the cause:

Does the vibration get more intense when you drive faster?

If so, the cause of the problem may be a bent axle. If you’ve recently had an accident, it’s possible that your axle is damaged. Another possibility is that the driveshaft-the spinning part between the engine and the gears that turn the vehicle’s wheels-is bent.

Does the vibration get worse when you hit the brakes? Feel a Pulsation in the Pedal?

You could have a problem with a warped brake rotor, the part that spins in relation to vehicle speed and is gripped by the brake pads to slow the car to a stop. Instead of being uniformly flat all the way across, a warped rotor is raised or depressed on part of its surface. The calipers and brake pads, which squeeze the brake rotors, can’t get an even grip on a warped rotor, resulting in vibration when you brake.

Do you feel the vibration mainly through your steering wheel?

Your first guess might be an alignment problem, but often the cause has more to do with wobbly wheels. If a wheel is not screwed on properly, or there’s a problem with the wheel bearings, tie-rod ends, or ball joints, you can end up with a vibration problem. Another source of wobble is a wheel that deviates from a perfectly circular rotation when it is spun.

OK, but what’s the most common cause of vehicle vibration?

Your tires.

If your car vibrates at various speeds, you may need a tire balance. If you notice uneven tire wear, then you may need a tire rotation. If your tires aren’t perfectly round and they’re rolling unevenly, then it may be time to have them replaced.

If your vehicle is vibrating, your best bet is to let us take a look so we can diagnose the exact problem. And, as with all car maintenance, the sooner you fix the problem, the better your chances for avoiding a bigger, more expensive one down the road.

To schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Happy Honda Days Sales Event

Happy Honda Days Sales Event

Wherever your travels take you this season, get on the holiday road in a Honda. At Honda Oakland we have put together some extra special savings options for you to make our 2017 year-end, the best ever.

I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and affordable it is to get a newer model Honda with all of the new safety and infotainment features. Please give us a call today so we can update you on our latest incentives and let you know what your trade is worth. You can reach us at (866) 822-9314.

Why Change My Antifreeze?

How Often Should You Change Your Antifreeze/Coolant?

 

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Coolant Thermostat

I was speaking with our Shop Foreman, Robert Isbell, the other day as he was working on a customer vehicle. I Inquired as to what was wrong with the vehicle. He stated that the thermostat stuck and as a result the vehicle overheated and had to be towed in. He further explained that the thermostat is a mechanism that opens and closes many times during the time the engine is running to maintain proper engine temperature. If it sticks closed it prevents the coolant from circulating through the engine, it overheats and suddenly your stranded, worse, you might do major engine damage. I asked why the thermostat would stick. He stated that when the engine coolant is not maintained properly, it becomes dirty and sticky and deposits form on the plunger of the thermostat and as a result, one day it sticks closed and doesn’t open again. Result? Stranded. Don’t know about you, but just the sound of the word ‘stranded’, is bothersome. So I thought this might be a good subject to begin our monthly ‘Service Tips’ with.

For “ordinary” antifreeze, Honda recommends coolant changes every two years or 30,000 miles. On newer Honda’s ( 2006 and Up) the on-baord diagnostics will let you know via the “Maintenance Minder”. Some say it’s not a bad idea to change the coolant every year for maximum corrosion protection. Continue reading