I have a 2001 Century with about 140,000 miles on it. When I am accelerating or putting any kind of stress on the engine, I get a very noticeable vibration that comes from the front left side of the car. This also seems to only happen when I have the steering wheel turned to the right as I can turn to the left and the vibration seems to go away. The steering wheel does not really vibrate as if the wheels are not balanced, but the drivers door vibrates really bad. The tires are pretty new and have been balanced since the problem started. It also seems to be worse when I have passengers in the back seat or more weight inside the car. Any suggestions to what the problem may be/ Thanks, Paul
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Re: 2001 Century Front End Vibration
Me too i think it a cv joint problem a cv joint got 3 rond bearing when turning each rond ball goes in a chanel it spin in there sometime that chanel get damaged a little hole appear and in occasion the ball get stuck in that hole and that your bad vibration
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A few possibilities with front end noise. Possible worn shock bushings or suspension bushings. As a car accelerates or slows down, the front suspension raises or lowers, thus causing movement of front end components.
First check the easy things, tie rod ends, ball joints, etc.I did all of this on my 2001 Aurora with 150K miles on it and still had vibration. The fix was to replace the half-axles. The old ones were worn and had a lot of play in them. I would get vibration as the speed increased.The parts cost me about $60.00/ea. I installed them by removing the bolts on the front struts, the axle nut, tie rod end, and brake caliper. You need to get enough room to remove and install the axle without putting too much bend in it. Over flexing the shaft can damage it.
if its making a clicking noise when you make turns, that's going to be the CV joints,, and you will want them replaced asap, as they can go out anytime and leave you stuck , with that many miles, that would be a good reason for the noise, if they haven't been done as of yet . If your getting them replaced,, have whoever is doing it, check the front end parts for any unusual wear,, also the brakes,
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.
Yikes! The transmission has gotten a lot of complaints, but $3500 sounds high. You should be able to find a used one for about $1200, Power steering is no big deal, unless you were in a wreck, and the front end alignment is $75. So somebody is wanting your wallet and your kids and your dog. I would get a second opinion on all that. The van isn't that old. And 140,000 miles, it is just getting broke in. I have 250,000 miles on my rodeo, and the tranny just quit. I got a whole truck for parts with tranny for $400. Took out the tranny, and a bunch of parts, and sold a bunch of parts, and then sold the truck for $400! Not bad. Hope this helps.
3 suggestions for you, you may need to check the tire pressure, get a tire alligment done, or you have a bad wheel bearing, usally a bad wheel bearing make's a loud roaring sound going down the road. I hope I have helped you.
Try this . Find an empty stretch of road . Accelerate teh vehicle to 30 mph ,while you switch the transmission INTO NEUTRAL, making sure there are no other vehicles in or behind your path. Listen and feel for your problem. Still feel it ? I would raise the vehicle in the air, and inspect ALL 4 TIRES for OUT OF ROUNDNESS. Cupping will not only cause a vibration, but also a noise. Hope this helps.