Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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

asked by on

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.

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.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Why does my car shake when I break and why does it sound "old" in cold weather after warming up?

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: Battery keeps getting drained while the car is off during the night

Hello there, thanks for writing in about your 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5. Batteries that drain overnight are not uncommon. This is called a parasitic drain and can have many different causes. The most likely are any aftermarket electrical accessories, such as...

Q: How do I fold the side mirrors?

The side mirrors can fold in to decrease the width of your vehicle. You should always fold in the mirrors when parked on a busy street, or when driving through an automatic car wash. To fold the mirrors in, simply...

Q: Squeaking noise coming from under the hood upon cold start.

Hey there, thanks for writing in. The noise can be the serpentine belt tensioner not putting enough tension on the belt. In this case, you would most likely need to replace the tensioner along with the belt to resolve this...

Related articles

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...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.