Cars are one of the largest conveniences of our time that often goes underappreciated until drivers experience performance issues in their vehicles. One common performance issue that nearly all drivers report is, “my car vibrates when accelerating or driving at high speeds.” Since this is such a pervasive issue, it’s common for drivers to continue driving despite the concerning symptom. If you experience this issue in your own car, it’s important to bring it to a specialist for an inspection right away to spare your car further strain and damage and save yourself some money in unnecessary repairs. Here’s what you should know about car vibration upon acceleration and what you can do to prevent it.
The Most Common Causes of a Vibrating Car While Driving
It is your automotive specialists’ primary mission to determine the cause of the vibration that you’re experiencing in your car; once the source of the problem is detected, it can be resolved with the appropriate treatment interventions. These are the most common causes of vibration, or shaking, that you should know about:
Spark plug issues
Spark plugs are critical for ignition and combustion, they ignite the fuel/air mixture that makes your car go. The plugs themselves, or failing electrical wiring, put the engine under a great amount of strain and may be the reason behind the vibration and shaking.
Dirty air or fuel filter
As we mentioned, a perfect fuel/air mixture is an important for optimal performance. If the air or fuel filters are clogged, then the engine can’t get enough air or fuel and becomes strained. This leads to shaking when the car attempts to accelerate.
Engine mount failure
The motor mounts holding your engine in place are instrumental to the quality of your drive. If a motor mount is cracked, collapsed, leaking or damaged at all, it can cause your engine to vibrate intensely.
The brake system can encounter problems now and then that surprisingly leads to vibration while driving. Although the symptoms usually occur when applying the brakes, you may also experience them upon acceleration.
Suspension or steering issues
Faulty or failing suspension or power steering components are often the sources of vibration during acceleration. As the car generates speed, it puts more pressure on the suspension components – especially if the road conditions aren’t optimal.
Wheel and tire care
Proper wheel care entails tire rotations, filling tire pressure, wheel alignment, and wheel balancing. If any of these tasks aren’t upheld, it can lead to vehicle vibration.
The Importance of Preventive Maintenance and Ongoing Automotive Care
Preventing your car from vibrating when accelerating, or shaking at all for that matter, can not only make you feel safer in your car but keep your car performing optimally year round, which leads to the need for fewer repairs. These are a few other valuable byproducts of preventive maintenance:
- Retains a car’s reliability
- Retains a car’s value
- Extends a car’s longevity
- Upholds performance standards
- Saves money in unnecessarily expensive repair bills
In terms of preventive care, there are a number of things you can do to keep your car from vibrating while accelerating. Here are a few suggestions that you should adhere to for optimal performance results and less intense and costly repair work:
- Look for an automotive shop that specializes in the particular type of car you drive
- Stay on top of routine maintenance and repair tasks
- Don’t let concerning symptoms go unattended
When your car begins to vibrate at all while you drive, it can be concerning for your safety depending on where the original source of the issue is coming from. For instance, if the issue is related to the engine, you may eventually experience engine stalling, misfiring, or other serious symptoms related to engine performance.
What We Can Do to Help
The causes of vehicle vibration can range in severity, and it’s our job here at Star Motors to assess the problem accurately the first time, repair it properly, and follow up with preventive care for ongoing future maintenance tasks. Our clients come from all over San Juan Capistrano, CA and other Southern Orange County areas for our services because we believe that high quality automotive work should be affordable for all – especially for the luxury vehicles that we specialize in like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Porsche, Land Rover, Rolls Royce, and Bentley. To take advantage of our expertise and affordability, please contact one of our helpful professionals to provide interventions for performance issues. Schedule an appointment online or call us today.