Have you ever stepped on the brake pedal just to be surprised by an unusual vibration coming from the brake pedal and/or the steering wheel? Well, you should be glad to know that you're not the only one on the planet that has experienced that feeling. That feeling, as described, is called brake shudder; it is also known as brake judder. Brake shudder happens where there are difficulties within the disc brake system, and if you don't address the problem soon, it can be dangerous.
How Brake Shudder Occurs
Brake shudder is a vibration that can be felt in the brake pedal, steering wheel, brake pedal, suspension, or a combination of all three at high speeds. The shake can range from mild to severe. Unfortunately, brake shutters can be difficult to diagnose by yourself because they can be caused by various things (damaged rotors, malfunctioning calipers, or new brake pads that have not been sufficiently broken in).
If your vehicle is affected, please pay close attention to where the vibrations are felt, so you can get an idea of whether it's coming from your front or rear brakes. Steering wheel vibrations are often due to an issue with the front rotors, while juddering from the pedal is often correlated with the rear rotors.
There are four common explanations for brake shudder:
- Uneven or distorted brake rotors
- Poor brake pad condition
- Alignment issues
- Suspension problems
How to Fix Brake Shudder
A trusted, certified technician should be able to inspect your vehicle and pinpoint the exact cause of the jittery feeling. They may recommend replacing brake pads, brake rotors, or fixing your alignment to eliminate the shakiness when braking.
If you require brake service or inspection, please consider Desi Auto Care to do the job. You'll feel much safer and at ease when behind the wheel. Please call us at (856) 474-1213 or visit our techs in Stratford, NJ, if you have any questions or concerns.