Q: Car shudder, tire noise, engine clicking - 2006 Lincoln Zephyr

asked by on

I bought this used car and immediately had the brake pads and rotors replaced as they were worn out. The car has considerable shudder and the tires are making noise. Despite replacing front brakes, the car jerks when the brake pedal is applied. This occurs at very low speeds and it still shudders. I went to the shop and had the tires rotated and balanced and oil changed as well. The shudder is still noticeable and so is the noise coming from the rear tires. Recently, I've also noticed that the engine is making a clicking sound, which starts when I drive and let it sit for a while. What do you recommend I should check?

It sounds like there are worn suspension bushings in the front suspension. When braking, the front suspension is subject to large stresses which accentuates a worn or damaged bushing. The "jerking" sensation you observe when braking sounds like a severely worn control arm bushing. Rear tire noise may come from a tire where the "belt", or structural component of the tire is separating from the tire tread.

This is a potentially dangerous problem, and should be checked immediately. The engine "clicking" sound may be caused by oil draining more thoroughly to the bottom of the engine when the car has been sitting for more than a day or so. Check the oil level first to verify that adequate oil is in the engine. Assuming a correct oil level, and as long as the clicking sound goes away quickly when the engine is started, this is likely not something to worry about. A heavier metallic rapping sound from the engine is a more serious matter. If you need further help with this, a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can check the noise and other issues in order to have this corrected.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car shudder, tire noise, engine clicking - 2006 Lincoln Zephyr

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car stalled and rattled upon restart

The stall and rattling sounds like the timing chain tensioner may have failed and the timing chain is rattling. The chain tensioner would have to be checked for failure. I recommend you have a mechanic, like ones from YourMechanic, inspect...

Q: My car has several misfire codes and does not run properly.

Hi there. What prompted you to replace those particular parts? Did testing reveal a fault? This year model, along with its sister IS models, up to 2011 had a service campaign for cylinder misfires. The campaign did not cover the...

Q: Does my car need new brake pads and rotors?

Hi there: In most instances, if the brake pads have not fully worn out, the rotors will not suffer scarring or pitting which typically means the rotors need to be surfaced or replaced. However, it really depends on the damage...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...