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    Car vibration question

    I drive an absolute pile of a car but the engine runs great so I'm not quite ready to give it up yet. My main issue with it is the thing vibrates like a cheap motel bed in the speed range of about 60-75. It just about rattles your teeth out.

    Is there a way to fix this? I'm worried about the engine joints or just other loose nuts and bolts. Can I just run around the vehicle and tighten things down to help the problem or will it take a little something more?




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    Re: Car vibration question

    It could be your wheel weights. Those things can come off pretty easily. Another possibility would be the U-joints/half shafts.



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    Re: Car vibration question

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewo View Post
    It could be your wheel weights. Those things can come off pretty easily. Another possibility would be the U-joints/half shafts.
    That's the first thing that I though as well.



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    Re: Car vibration question

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    I drive an absolute pile of a car but the engine runs great so I'm not quite ready to give it up yet. My main issue with it is the thing vibrates like a cheap motel bed in the speed range of about 60-75. It just about rattles your teeth out.

    Is there a way to fix this? I'm worried about the engine joints or just other loose nuts and bolts. Can I just run around the vehicle and tighten things down to help the problem or will it take a little something more?
    When my car did this I had something break with my steering on the front wheels. Can you wiggle the tire with your hands when you jack it up? Or maybe I was able to wiggle it when it was sitting on the ground. I don't remember.

    And that's the extent of my car knowledge.


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    Re: Car vibration question

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    I drive an absolute pile of a car but the engine runs great so I'm not quite ready to give it up yet. My main issue with it is the thing vibrates like a cheap motel bed in the speed range of about 60-75. It just about rattles your teeth out.

    Is there a way to fix this? I'm worried about the engine joints or just other loose nuts and bolts. Can I just run around the vehicle and tighten things down to help the problem or will it take a little something more?
    My car got a shake, ended up being a bent rim. Of course the guys that put the new tires on had nothing to do with that.....


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    Re: Car vibration question

    My car vibrates when sitting at stop lights, is that what yours is doing or does it only vibrate when driving?



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    Re: Car vibration question

    Forgot about wheel weights. Used to be a prank in high school (although an expensive one and not one I ever did) to slide them all to one side. It's fairly likely... haven't done a whole lot of maintenance on the old thing as I keep expecting it to die. It just won't do it. Zombie Car.




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    Re: Car vibration question

    Quote Originally Posted by jaretac View Post
    My car vibrates when sitting at stop lights, is that what yours is doing or does it only vibrate when driving?
    Just between 60-75 mph. But trust me, at that speed, you definitely feel it.




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    Re: Car vibration question

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    Just between 60-75 mph. But trust me, at that speed, you definitely feel it.
    yeah, most likely tire balance than.



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    Re: Car vibration question

    I don't think wheel weights would make it shake that much but I could be wrong.



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    Re: Car vibration question

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I don't think wheel weights would make it shake that much but I could be wrong.
    From my experience, I think you would be surprised, really.



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    Re: Car vibration question

    If you feel it in the steering wheel its front tire balance. If you feel it more in your butt its rear tire balance. If it shimmys like a dog ****tin razorblades.... then its both. Doubt if its Axles or U joints as that kind of vibration would srttle in really quick...... and stay there.


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    Re: Car vibration question

    A broken belt in the tire will result in similar shaking.



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    Re: Car vibration question

    Definitely a tire/wheel problem, get it checked out before you're driving on your rim.


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    Re: Car vibration question

    I was thinking the same thing about a broken belt in a tire.



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