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Vibration problem When stopped with foot on brake and car in gear, I get achattering or a vibration. I replaced the motor mounts, had all new bushings front and rear, any ideas? Somtimes if you turn the steering wheel slowly and your foot is on the brake it will vibrate. Car runs well, takes off like a jet. 2007 thousand miles on the body, 115000 on new engine. Head gasket went on original engine. No body can figure it out.                                                         HELP!

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I would check out to see if the exhaust system is grounding out against the body somewhere

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