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In my 1998 toyota 4runner, I get vibrations when i accelerate and it seems to go away when i let off the gas?

I've checked the U-joints in the drive line and they seem ok. A friend who is really good with cars says it could be my transmission. It also seems to go into Drive and Reverse with a klinking sound, but nothing while driving Any help here would be great!!!

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    Kent Cc Dec 31, 2013

    Your tires could be causing the vibration if they have some miles on them. The easiest thing to do would be to rotate the tires. Also check to see if you have lost any of the wheel balancing weights

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If the vibration goes away when you let off the gas, it's definitely a ujoint. Best check them again. I see this is an old post. Maybe you have it fixed by now.

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