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Why Is My Car Shaking?

Is Your Car Shaking, Rattling or feeling like it’s about to Roll?

A very common problem that exists among cars of all types, manufacturers, and models is a shaking sensation when you get behind the wheel. You might feel the car shaking when you first start it up on a cold winter day or only happening at a high rate of speed, but whenever it happens, know that something is wrong and needs to be looked at by a professional mechanic. Vehicles vibrate and shake for a variety of reasons, chief among them is wheel or tire damage. But not all shaking and rattling are caused by wheel issues alone and if the problem is elsewhere, this condition could lead to expensive repairs down the road. Engine issues including engine wear, timing issues, timing belts, worn out engine belts, loose engine components, engine mounts or even strut or suspension problems could cause your vehicle to have a catastrophic incident, putting you and others in harm’s way. Additionally, shaking and frontend vibrations could be caused by steering malfunctions or improper brake operations. These types of automotive issues are very dangerous because they involve the driving, slowing down operation and stopping the power of the vehicle, something you do not want to fail while driving.  Shaking, shimming and vibrating problems vehicles experience are detectable and repairable if your mechanic is trained sufficiently in all aspects of car repair. Ron Evans, owner, and operator of Muffler City Auto Repair suggests, “if you suspect that a shake or rattle is out of the ordinary, it probably is. Ron’s advice is to find an ASE Certified Mechanic to diagnose the issue before it becomes dangerous to drive your vehicle safely”.  Ron also suggests that a car owner can inspect the vehicle him or herself, by looking at the tires for wear, damage or tire pressure all issues that can cause your vehicle to shake or vibrate.

Tires Issue Warning Signs

Most qualified mechanics, when diagnosing a shaking or vibration issue will first inspect the tires for uneven tread wear, wheel damage, improper inflation or poor tire rotation maintenance. Wheel damage and tire issues are the leading causes of cabin vibration and if left untreated could cause untimely tire wear, replacement issues and even blowouts.  Front end alignment is also a factor in vehicle vibration and steering wheel shaking. That constant pulling from one side of the car, making it veer to the left or the right will cause your tires to wear unevenly and reduce fuel efficiency. Many times, a tire becomes out of round and this could be due to a manufacturing defect, automobiles left in a stationary position for long lengths of time or just improper inflation. It only takes one tire to be operating improperly to make you feel your whole car is having significant problems. If after a careful diagnosis no signs of tire degradation has occurred, a skilled mechanic can then look at other places for the problem and remedy. They say good, experienced drivers can feel the issues their car is experiencing by driving the vehicle and so a road test is in order for the mechanic to experience your vehicles issues first hand.

Why Choose Muffler City Auto Repair?

All cars, trucks, pick-up trucks, commercial vehicles and RV’s are mechanical in nature and as such are bound to break down sooner or later. Good preventative maintenance, performed by experienced, ASE Certified mechanics will prolong the life of your vehicle. Muffler City Auto Repair is a full-service automotive garage whose life started out, over 20 years ago, as a custom exhaust and repair and replacement muffler shop. As cars and trucks became more sophisticated and as Ron Evans, owner and operator of Muffler City grew his clientele, so did the automotive services he provided. Don’t get us wrong. We still provide the best, most creative custom exhaust services of anyone in the North Florida or South Georgia area, bar none.  But we decided to expand our operations to include, all aspects of engine and automotive repairs so we hired the most experienced ASE Certified Mechanics, holding over 350 factory certifications we could find. We also invested in the purchasing the most advanced diagnostic equipment money could buy and training our mechanics to use them. Together with our chief mechanic, Scott Brown, Muffler City Auto Repair performs repairs on all types of cars and trucks, foreign or domestic. Give us a call for an appointment today at 904-739-0091 or stop by our full-service facility at 4435 Sunbeam Road conveniently located between Philips Highway (US1) and San Jose Blvd (St. Road 13). Visit our website @ for a complete list of our services and specials.

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