Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Van shakes, thumping noise

asked by on

While I'm driving my van, it is shaking a bit. When I try to give it gas, there is a thumping noise. It seems like there is a delay in getting fuel. What could be causing this?

A: Hello. It is possible that a problem exists...

Hello. It is possible that a problem exists with one or both front tires on your Volkswagen Routan. There may be a broken radial belt in the tire. Tires are made with steel radial belts, and these belts hold the round shape of the tire. If a radial belt in the tire happens to break, the tire may shake or make a thumping noise because the tire is no longer perfectly round.

Try rubbing your hand around the tread of the tires and see if you are able to feel any uneven spots. You can also have a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come out and complete an inspection in order to determine why your car is shaking or vibrating.

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: While shifting, truck stalled; pulse in brake pedal

Hello. It is possible that a brake booster is faulty. It is also possible that there is a leak in the brake booster hose, the intake, or one or more vacuum hoses in the engine. It is a good idea...

Q: Pop Sound When Jacking Up Car

At first glance, I wouldn't assume you damage a CV joint during a tire change, however, if the tire blew out and was driven on for a while, that may have caused some damage. The clunking sound may have been...

Q: There's a heavy vibration under my car - is it the U-joint?

If while driving the sound "changes" when you turn the steering wheel that would point toward bad outer CV axle joint(s). If the noise is as bad as you are describing, that will probably be easy to diagnose and indeed...

Related articles

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...
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.