Causes of My Car Jerks When I Brake

December 31, 2023

If you’re driving a car that jerks when you brake, you are likely experiencing an issue with your vehicle. Jerking can cause longer stopping distances, reduced control, and potentially dangerous accidents if it is not addressed promptly. Fortunately, this problem is relatively easy to diagnose and resolve. This article will explore some of the most common causes of my car jerks when i brake, and what you can do to fix them.

1. Brake Pad Issues

One of the most common reasons that a car might jerk when slowing or stopping is due to issues with the car’s brake pads or brake rotors. If the brake pads come loose or break free from the caliper they can catch erratically on the brake rotor and cause the car to jerk when you apply the brakes. This is often accompanied by a loud grinding noise similar to fingernails on a chalkboard or a clunking sound.

2. Air in the Brake Lines

If there is air within the brake lines, especially if the car has had the brakes serviced recently, it can cause the car to jerk when braking. This is because the air takes up space in the brake lines and calipers that should be filled with hydraulic fluid.

3. Engine Issues

The engine of a car generates a lot of heat when it’s running and can warp the brake rotors or other components. If the brake rotors are warped or the brake calipers are sticking, they can cause your car to jerk erratically when braking.


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