Diagnosing Vehicle Vibrations

Driving is designed to be a pleasurable experience. Most of the time this is true, but there are moments when that expectation is interrupted by unwanted noises or vibrations. While unwelcome, these may be a valuable clue to a part failure that is developing in your vehicle.


Noise is a by-product of a much more insidious enemy to vehicle parts: vibration – and this enemy is often already beginning to wreak havoc on the vehicle components before the sound reaches your ears.


When a vehicle engine is running, or the car is driving, many vibration sources come into play. OE manufacturers spend countless hours and employ sophisticated techniques in the quest to find and eliminate noises in the vehicle before it leaves the factory.


As the vehicle begins to age, failure and fatigue begin to present themselves in different forms which create a variety of noises. This vibration can affect sensitive vehicle electronic system components and lead to broken parts.


Mechanics have a tremendous challenge of determining what parts are causing the noise. Below we provide a technique to help you systematically diagnose the problem by understanding and identifying noise so that the source can ultimately be discovered and repaired.