Signs Your Car is About to Die

Hello, my name is Roy. For many years, I drove a 1976 Ford estate car around Sydney. The car had belonged to my grandpa. It was passed down to me when I had just passed my driving test at the age of 18. That was in 1986 and the car was already in a pretty bad condition then. Fast forward to 2006 and I was now aged 38 and still driving the same car around. Sometimes the car wouldn't start, white smoke came out of the exhaust and the gearbox made a terrible sound. I did my best to patch it up, but eventually, I had to scrap the car and buy a new one. I decided to start a blog to encourage others to service their cars.

Auto Service: Reasons Why You May Develop Power Steering Vibrations


The onset of power steering vibrations when driving can be quite a scary experience. This typically stems from the constant shaking of your engine and could also present the risk of damage to other auto parts that are in close proximity to the engine. This is why it is prudent to establish the cause of your vibrations and have it remedied post haste. It should be noted that there is an assortment of reasons why you may develop a vibrating engine and power steering. Below is an outline of some of the common causes of this auto problem.

The spark plugs have become worn

One of the more common reasons why you will develop a vibrating engine is if its spark plugs have become compromised. If your spark plugs are worn down, they lose their ability to properly fire up the engine. As such, every single time you turn on your vehicle, the spark plugs cause the engine to misfire. Which in turn causes it to shake. Luckily, worn out spark plugs are a simple problem to fix, as all you would need to do is have them replaced with new ones by your auto mechanic.

The hoses have become disconnected

Another cause of engine vibrations is compromised hoses. If the vacuum hose has become disconnected or the air hose has loosened over time, your engine will be prone to violent vibrations. It would be essential to inspect the various hoses connected to the engine to determine whether this is the reason why you are suddenly experiencing vibrations as you drive. If the hoses are still in good condition, then all that would be required is reattachment and tightening. However, if the hoses have developed cracks or holes, then you would have to get them replaced.

The motor mounts have broken

If you find that you are experiencing the engine vibrations when your vehicle is parked or when you have stopped at a traffic light, the problem could lie with the engine mounts. An easy way to diagnose this is to engage the neutral gear and wait to see if the engine shakes are diminishing. If this happens, then the problem most likely with the motor mounts and they would have to be replaced.

The timing belt is faulty

If your timing belt has acquired damage, it will affect other components related to it such as fans and other accessories that need to be rotated to function. As such, you will begin to hear weird noises emanating from the bonnet as well as engine vibrations. It should be noted that imperfections such as cracks, ribbing and more can affect the functionality of your belts. Thus, it would be essential to have these belts inspected on a routine basis.


8 February 2017