Top 10 Reasons Your Car Is Vibrating


Bad Tires

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Uneven wear on tires can significantly contribute to vibrations in your car's ride. Seraficus/Getty Images

Old, dry, bald or worn-out tires are a very common source of excessive road vibration. The tires are the only part of your car that actually make contact with the road, and they're known for having a relatively short lifespan.

The full list of ways in which tire issues can contribute to your vehicular shake, rattle and roll is a long one. But here are just some of the major ones:

  • Tires have separated tread — requires tire replacement
  • Uneven tire wear — requires tire rotation
  • Tires are "out of round" and roll unevenly — requires tire replacement
  • Tire pressure is too low — requires top-off
  • Tires are old — requires tire replacement

Also, keep in mind that these 10 reasons your car is vibrating aren't the only possible culprits. When in doubt, it's always a good idea to see an automotive service professional. For more information about diagnosing car problems and other related topics, follow the links below.

Last editorial update on Mar 22, 2018 02:37:21 pm.

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