Question about 2004 Volkswagen Jetta
2004 jetta 1.8T automatic transmission. front end shakes when you accelerate no matter what speed. stops shaking when you let off the gas. Took wheels off and everything looks good - nothing loose. Ran it up to 80 on jack stands - no vibration. Only does it under a load
Hello, if it was the tires then wouldn't it vibrate all the time or at different speeds instead of just when the gas was pressed? I changed the bushings on mine and the problem was solved! Here is how to fix it.
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Posted on Apr 07, 2009
I have a 01 1.8T jetta that used to do this regularly, after a lot of trouble shooting I found the "dog bone" or engine torque arm had worn out bushings. To remove it you just remove the 2 bolts that attach it to the transmission, the piviot point bolt, and the 2 bolts that attach the holding plate to the frame. when it's out you just remove the bolt on the end that was unside the car's frame and remove/discard the black rubber bushings and replace them with the polyurethane ones from here. You will most likely notice a vibration at idle in the begining until the poly softens a little, but it made all the difference in the world for my car.
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
Probably the tires. I had the same problem the front end was shaking badly, I had tire with usable tread on them but they were cheap korean tires, I swapped for michelins and the shake went away completely. If the tires are new, have them rebalanced, my wife's car tires were out of balance in only 5,000 miles.
Too rule out mechanical, while on the jack stand, grab the tire on the sides and try to move the wheels side to side. Do the same by grabbin the top and bottom of the tire to see if there is any movement. the movement should be Minimal. If there is a lot of movement, it could be the ball joints or the tie rods. My shake was so bad that this is what I thought was wrong with mine. Glad I changed the tires first.
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
Are the wheels stock, or aftermarket? Is the engine missing maybe under a load?
Had an '02 Jetta TDI I put fancy rims on it, the rims weren't made for the torque the car put out under acceleration, and were actually twisting in there centers causing a severe vibration! Put the steel wheels back on, "Fixed It!"
Posted on Jul 17, 2009
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