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Cabrio driving very badly

Hi I just recently drove my g/f's car and her car shakes very badly while accelerating and also making a clicking sound kind of like the cv joints, but the car clicks and shakes going straight or turning. The steering wheel also has quite a bit of play in it. The faster you accelerate the better it is. the slower the worse it is. She does not have much money so we are trying to do everything possible to make this work. she has many other problems with this car, but this is our biggest concern right now. its so bad I will not allow her to drive it. thanks for looking! Please help?!?!?

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  • greenwave033 Dec 04, 2008

    thanks for your response! the brakes were just replaced a few months ago and 4 new tires about 3 months ago! wheel balance is definately a possiblity. what could the noise possibly be while slowly accelerating?

  • greenwave033 Dec 05, 2008

    I will have to check the cv joints out in the parking lot. I am leaning towards that or even the wheel bearings (I didnt think about that) The car has 120,000 so I believe there is some wear on the parts especially with her driving. I really do appreciate the help and if you can think of anything more I would really like to hear more. Once I get this problem fixed I will be back on here posting a new problem less severe! Again thank you!


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Something simple to check is the wheel balance on all the wheels. I would also check the front brakes on the car. Warped routers could cause what you are describing. Another thing to check would be the tires because the belts in the tires could be breaking loose internally

Good luck.

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    Johnny Massengill Dec 04, 2008

    I have seen new tires be bad. You have no idea how long those tires sat on a shelf at the tire store but i must agree with you 3 month old tires are not likely to make the car drive badly but I have seen it happen. The noise while slowly acccelerating could be a CV joint or a wheel bearing. Go to a parking lot and turn the wheel all the way to one side and drive slowly in a circle and listen for a clicking from either side and then turn the wheels all the way to the other side and again drive in a circle. You could also check your CV joint boot for cracks or leaks. If one of your CV joints are bad the funny part is that you can buy whole axles with CV joints installed on that axle for cheaper than you can buy the CV joint to install on that axle you already have. (Plus the fact that the whole axle replacement is faster and less messy than a CV joint replacement!) A bad CV joint will also click when driving straight if it is worn badly enough. I happen to agree with you that the car sound like you need to figure this problem out before letting your girl friend go out with the car. I just read the part you wrote about having a great deal of play in the steering wheel and that might be a VERY worn steering rack but that wouldn't explain the noise you are hearing.

    Write another comment and I'll see if I can think of anything else.
    Much good luck with figuring this problem out!

  • Johnny Massengill
    Johnny Massengill Dec 05, 2008

    Thanks for the FixYa! Don't hesitate to write again. Much good luck!


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