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post Jan 25 2010, 11:48 AM
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when i start my car in the morning the whole thing vibrates. when i first accelerate the rumbling gets worse until i get above 40mph. after about 40mph the rumbling stops... but only if ive been driving for 5-10 minutes. if i leave the house and get caught at a red light, the rumbling continues. it seems to go away once the engine heats up...

ive read online that it might be a belt issue but i dont know. im hoping this is an easy fix. the check engine light is on.
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post Jan 25 2010, 11:49 AM
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Take it to a mechanic?


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post Jan 25 2010, 11:53 AM
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really don't want to but google is turning up like a dozen different reasons for this happening. im going to have my girlfriends dad check it out i guess and then go to a mechanic if needed.
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post Jan 25 2010, 11:55 AM
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Sometimes during the winter, my car would just randomly have a little bit of trouble starting up, and would start shaking from abnormally low RPM when I turned the ignition. I would just have it give it some gas for a little bit until it got warmed up. Don't know if your problem is similar.


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post Jan 25 2010, 11:59 AM
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If the check engine light is on, it could be like a million different things. Either way, unless you're good with cars, you're gonna have to take it in at some point anyway because your car won't pass inspection with a check engine light on. Better sooner than later, IMO.

But really, take any advice I ever give about cars with a grain of salt. I don't know shit about them. I leave all my car problems to my boy and to my wonderful mechanic (seriously love the guy, he's probably the most honest mechanic I've ever met).


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post Jan 25 2010, 12:57 PM
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something similar happened to me, and it turned out that that vibration was caused by a broken motor mount. mechanic needs to fix, AND 8 months later the other motor mount broke.
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post Jan 25 2010, 03:01 PM
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When I had that issue, it was a melted vacuum line.


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post Jan 25 2010, 03:06 PM
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year make and model?


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post Jan 25 2010, 03:09 PM
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1999 ford crown victoria. 145,000 miles. ive never had my spark plugs replaced and from what i described to my girl's dad, he thinks it might be that. he'll take a look later. i know you're a car dude tim so hopefully you can help.
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post Jan 25 2010, 03:10 PM
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QUOTE (The Virgin Mary @ Jan 25 2010, 11:55 AM) *
Sometimes during the winter, my car would just randomly have a little bit of trouble starting up, and would start shaking from abnormally low RPM when I turned the ignition. I would just have it give it some gas for a little bit until it got warmed up. Don't know if your problem is similar.



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post Jan 25 2010, 03:14 PM
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yeah, virgin mary's description kinda fits with whats happening to me. i never warm up my car though. i dont like leaving it idle. maybe thats what i should start doing. apparently its easier for the spark plugs to do whatever they do(god im retarded) once your car is going for a while.
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post Jan 25 2010, 03:20 PM
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post Jan 25 2010, 06:22 PM
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yeah sounds kinda like a flat miss (dead spark plug or cracked wire) although it going away once the car heats up is kinda interesting. try a tune up (plugs, wires, cap, rotor, coil) first. past that it could be a fuel injector or a clogged fuel filter or pump.


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post Jan 25 2010, 07:12 PM
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Is there any reason to warm your car up when you live in Georgia? I only do that when it's freezing out.


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post Jan 25 2010, 07:50 PM
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Call car talk. even if it doesn't help, those guys are sort of funny sometimes.


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post Jan 25 2010, 09:43 PM
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I have a feeling its water in your system. It has been unusually cold here and i have a feeling in hahira alot of the gas stations still use metal tanks which can rust and let in moisture. so you probably have a bit of built up condensation in the tank and its just now creating a problem. go to pep boys buy some additive to take the water out. Also change your spark plugs. i bet they are pretty fouled after 145kmiles. these are your two cheapest possible solutions, but no offense but it sounds like you don't really keep up with your routine maintenance so it may be catching up to you. Also seperately run some fuel injector cleaner through another tank, but i say try the water out first. It would occasionally happen to me when i drove a gasser. I can't remember what brand i used.


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post Jan 25 2010, 11:42 PM
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a gasser you say? as in the classic sense of a gasser or just a gasoline combustion engine?


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post Jan 26 2010, 07:48 AM
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my truck's distributor cap cracked last week going up a really steep hill in the middle of a blind turn. oh and i forgot to mention the bed was filled to the brim (and probably passed capacity) with all of my friend colin's earthly possessions (he moved into the vacant room in me house). so i had to back the thing down the hill with the power steering off and oh it was a magical time.
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post Jan 26 2010, 07:50 AM
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oh and it took the tow truck 4 hours to get there so my other friends came and took a bunch of trips ferrying the stuff back to the house. then me and my friend taylor sat in his car, smoked bowls on the side of the road and alternated listening to death metal and standing on the side of the road holding samurai swords menacingly for about 2 hours. i felt like i did in 9th grade, it was awesome.

oh yeah colin is the friend that's a ninja. so he had a lot of weaponry with him.
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post Jan 27 2010, 12:55 PM
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a gasser you say? as in the classic sense of a gasser or just a gasoline combustion engine?


i'm in a tdi now so i say gasser as in gasoline combustion engine.

Selloutwithme.... did you try the water out? It costs like 4 bucks and might help.


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