01 VW Jetta 1.8t Automatic. When the car is in drive or reverse there is a vibration that can be felt thru the steering wheel and brake. When in neutral or park the vibration stops. I put regular unleaded in it and i heard jettas will knock on anything less than mid-grade. Is this vibration normal?
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Has to be a drive axle,most likely an inner joint,should be able to feel the play if one is bad (jacked up to let the wheel spin freely).
Also. If the front suspension is weak,or lowered, the CV axle will bottom out in the inner plunge cup and make a terrible vibration.
Yes it can but the dealer would have found it on the test drive if they test drove the vehicle. The only other causes for the vibration I can think of should have been found on inspection as well. Check your bushings and mounts for the sway bar and your tie rod ends as well.
remove drive shaft and all vcu components, take for a short drive ( car will still drive in 2 wheel mode, if vibration gone suspect could be vcu , if still felt at front suspect ird if still felt in rear check diff mounts then diff out put bearings and nose end play.