Q: Why does my car shake when I break and why does it sound "old" in cold weather after warming up?

asked by on November 26, 2016

My car shakes when I break suddenly and slides instead of stopping like it should. It also slides sometimes in wintry weather when I break. It is an all wheel drive vehicle and has been fantastic until just a few months ago. Also, after warming up the car in freezing temperatures, it still sounds "old" like it is reluctantly going. It makes loud noises when it turns and accelerates, but when I had my husband drive it, it only made a slight noise at the beginning and nothing else. It doesn't always act up, just sometimes, mainly in cold weather. It is just shy of having 73,000 miles on it. I have had the brakes checks, replaced the cv axles, had the tires checked. The starter and alternator both tested fine. The battery is testing low, but I was told it should last a couple more months.

My car has 73000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

The hard starting in cold weather is almost certainl due to a failing battery. A borderline battery can often be pushed over the edge by cold weather. As far as the braking issues is concerned, the most likely cause is worn brake rotors. Although you had the brakes checked, the shop may not have checked for excessive rotor runout, which is what would cause the vibration you’re experiencing. Other potential causes include bad wheel bearings or worn steering/suspension parts. A professional, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to inspect and repair these issues for you.

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

What others are asking

AC not working properly

Hello, the refrigerant system needs checked for leaks. The belt attached to the compressor should be checked to make sure the compressor clutch engages even if only for second. If all that is good then a set of gauges need...

Car stalls while driving on high way.

Hi there. Check the oil pressure that the engine is producing. At highway speeds, if the engine is stalling out, then the oil pressure could drop to under 12 psi. The computer will sense this pressure drop and shut down...

My automatic car does not move when i let go the brake

Hi there. Sometimes a dragging emergency brake or warped front brake rotors can cause the symptoms you're describing. In worse case scenario, there may be internal damage inside the transmission or the torque converter of your Optima. I would recommend...

code P0021, little power when accelerating

Hi Jacob. Thanks for contacting us tonight. P0021 is the OBD-II generic code indicating that the Engine Control Module (ECM) has determined that the bank 2 intake camshaft is more advanced than what the ECM has commanded it to be....

Can a exhaust leak trigger service engine light

An exhaust leak can trigger a Check Engine Light due to the fact that depending on the location of the leak, the leak itself is introducing more oxygen into the exhaust gases. As you may know the oxygen sensors which...

I locked my keys in my car and the car battery is dead

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt. You will need to have a locksmith or call AAA (if you have it) and explain the situation. The locksmith will unlock the car so you can get the...

While I was driving, the vehicle will not drive and while I hit the gas it will just revv not move.

If the vehicle is in gear and acceleration of the engine does not produce forward movement, there is likely something wrong with the transmission and/or the torque converter. The origin of the fault could be electrical or mechanical. There is...

Can’t reach 55 mph

The issue you are writing in about is common enough that a specific diagnostic, namely a reduced engine power diagnostic is performed by technicians dispatched by YourMechanic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get this issue...

What does the Supplemental Air Bag Warning Light mean?

The supplemental restraint system (SRS) on your Altima is pretty advanced, and is able to detect problems when they occur. If something happens that may disable all or part of the air bag system, a warning light is turned on...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Teacher
If If you are a teacher, probably foremost on your mind is getting to school on time. You would also probably like a used car that is easy on gas and not terribly expensive, and will hold your gym gear...
The Best Used Cars to Buy For Fuel Economy
Saving money on gas is an important factor to consider when buying a car. The Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, and Ford Fusion all have great fuel economy.
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid
2009 2009 marked the end of the very short life of the Mazda Tribute Hybrid. All told, the automaker produced fewer than 700 models, and it was ultimately retired well before the Tribute itself ceased production in 2011. For the...