Q: My car shakes when I accelerate above 30 mph.

asked by on

I am trying to prolong the life of my car as long as possible. When I take it to Volkswagen they always tell me I need about 1000 dollars worth of work and they have ripped me off before. I don't want to have to pay someone for a full diagnostic of my car just to figure out what is wrong. My car shakes pretty aggressively when I accelerate- typically anything above 30 mph.

My car has 110000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

There are many things that can potentially cause your vehicle to shake at that speed. Some of the potential causes of this issue would include but are not limited to tires with cupping wear due to bad shocks, tires are out of balance, brake rotors may be warped excessively, suspension parts may have free play or be broken, or the transmission/cv axles may have an issue. It is even possible that the engine itself may be causing this issue due to a misfire or a faulty mount of some kind.

I would recommend having a full vehicle inspection performed by a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, paying particular attention to the tires, brakes, and suspension. Once this inspection has been performed, the mechanic will be able to give you a better idea as to what repairs will be required to resolve the issue you are experiencing.

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. My car shakes when I accelerate above 30 mph.

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: Screeching sounds around front left tire

The front brake pads should have a metal sensor on the brake pads to indicate when they are getting low on pad material. They will squeal or screech anytime you are moving. Have the front brakes inspected and replaced as...

Q: Water leak in the trunk of my car

It could be that the water is leaking in past the trunk weather stripping or possibly the drain in the bottom of the trunk is plugged. If you are brave you can get inside the trunk with a flashlight, close...

Q: Loud clunking noise from front driver side when braking hard or hitting a pot hole.

You may have a worn out strut on the drivers side or the strut upper bushing is worn out. I suggest having the struts checked. Also the front brake pads may be moving inside the brake caliper. Have the complete...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.