Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?


Here at Pat Peck Honda, our entire team strives to provide our Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi neighbors with the information they need to ensure that they’re able to depend on their cars for years to come. That’s why we’ve put together the following information pertaining to brake health. Go ahead and read through it to become that much more prepared every time you get behind the wheel.

While brakes generally go between 25,000 and 70,000 miles before needing to be changed out, there are things that can come into play to significantly reduce this span of time like your driving behavior and the quality of the brakes themselves. See below for signs that your brakes might be in need of some attention.

Your Car Shakes as You’re Coming to a Stop

If you’re noticing some vibrating every time you apply the brakes, this could mean that a rotor is warped and needs to be replaced. It could also be an indication that your vehicle is in need of an alignment. Either way, if there’s shaking taking place, you’re going to want to have it checked out by an automotive technician right away.  

The Brake Warning Light

Brake Light

This light is situated on your dashboard and is there to let you know that there’s an issue with your brakes. Be sure to have a mechanic inspect the situation as soon as possible to avoid causing serious damage.

You Feel Pulling to One Side When You Push Down on the Brakes

Brake fluid that has dirt in it and unevenly worn brake pads can cause your car to pull to the left or the right while braking.

A Burning Smell

If you’re detecting a burning smell coming from the area of your brakes, there’s a good chance that they’re overheating. This happens when they’ve been overused. For instance, brakes can overheat when you find yourself pushing down on them for too long when doing things like making your way down a steep hill. A slippery film will then develop on the surface of the brakes that will make them much less effective.

It’s Getting Harder to Bring Your Car to a Stop

If it’s becoming more and more difficult to get the brakes to respond, you could have a fluid or air leak.

Strange Sounds

Brake Fluid

Definitely have your brakes checked out if you’re hearing unusual sounds like grinding, clicking, or squealing. Grinding and squealing noises are telling you that the brake pads are worn down too far and need to be replaced. Clicking noises could mean that your brakes are loose.

Schedule Your Brake Maintenance with Us Today

If you’re currently experiencing some of the above symptoms, our team of highly trained technicians over in the service center will be happy to take a look at your brakes so you can get things resolved. If you’re in Gulfport, Long Beach, or Biloxi, simply contact us here at Pat Peck Honda to schedule your appointment.