Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Slight vibration and knocking when braking suddenly

asked by on

When coming to a sudden stop there is a slight shaking and clunking feeling felt in the brake pedal. This only seems to happen in situations when I'm coming to an abrupt stop. I've also noticed it happens more frequently if I've driven over a puddle or a wet roadway. Is this something that I should fix immediately?

My car has 175000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This sounds like you are feeling the anti-l...

This sounds like you are feeling the anti-lock brakes working as they should. Sometimes when the rotors get warped then your brakes can lock up earlier than normal and the ABS kicks in. You should have the brake system inspected by a qualified technician, like one from YourMechanic, to address any potential issues.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: I have a transmission from a 99 sable in my car, now there is a very loud engine rattle.

Both vehicles use virtually the same drivetrain assembly and the rattle may be from something like a loose panel under the vehicle or something isn't placed just right. You may want to return to the facility where you had the...

Q: The car is overheating and losing water, but can't see traces of a leak

This may be also related potentially to a blown head gasket. If this is the case you will be losing coolant consistently and the car will overheat. You may also notice traces of white smoke coming from the exhaust. I...

Q: Car shaking and trying to stall.

It sounds as though you have multiple problems. The shaking when braking is almost definitely warped brake rotors. Resurfacing, or replacing the brake rotors, as well as replacing the pads, should solve this. The jerking and lack of power under...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...