Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: There is a violent shaking once you start to go over 55 mph

asked by on

It is fine driving the van when you are driving slow enough but once you start to accelerate and start to go 55 mph or more there is a violent shaking and it is controllable but it is violent. I am thinking it might be a drive shaft joint or something like that. I don't know much about engines so can you fill me in on your opinion thanks.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. A high speed shaking such as this is almost always caused by a tire problem. Most of the time the tires just need to be rebalanced to correct it. It can also occur if you have a tire that is failing, meaning that the tread may be starting to separate from the tire.

If the tires are fine then the front suspension should be checked for loose parts or bad bearings. If those are fine also, it could be an engine mount or axle failure. If you want to have this looked at, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to properly diagnose your car’s shaking issue.

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

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: 2007 Nissan Maxima - TPMS Light Warning Light

Hi Mike, As you know, your car has sensors at each of the four wheels that monitor the tire pressure at each tire. When these tire pressure sensors fail, you may notice inaccurate readings as to your tire pressure. In...

Q: Shifter sticking in park

The shift interlock switch on the brake pedal will need to be checked to make sure it is making contact when you press on the brake pedal to release the shift lock. I recommend having a mechanic, like one from...

Q: Car running hot.

The first thing to have done is a pressure test to see where the coolant is leaking out to. If there is no external leak, then there may be a blown head gasket. I would suggest having a mechanic test...

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...
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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...