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While slowing for a red light felt a vibration like i was driving over very close together rumble strips. Light changed and i started out and the vibration got much worse for about 20 or 30 seconds then gradually disapeared. Drove another 150 miles and drove it today and everthing seems fine. Engine response was normal while the vibration was there. Went back to the same area but on the oposite side of the road to check the road surface and could see no apparent priblem with the road. Could it have been the transmission acting up?

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  • p986driver Jul 19, 2009

    Thanks for the quick reply, but the car has new brakes and the problem actually got worse when accelerating away from the red light, then gradually dissapeared. I sure hope I am not dumb enough to have not noticed the problem was in the road surface.

  • p986driver Jul 20, 2009

    Definately not the ABS as the problem was at its worst when I was pulling away from the red light and of course I did not have the brake depressed at this time. Once again, could it have been the CVT acting up or maybe a plug wire shorting out or something else in the ignition causing a tempoary miss. The car has 110k miles on it and up to this point has been esentially perfect except for the gas cap flap solenoid failing and a wheel sensor speed sensor failure. Drove it again yesterday andno problem.

  • p986driver Jul 21, 2009

    Thank you, I will have the fluid changed (111000 miles and all original). If it wasn't such a long drive (80 miles) I would go back to where it happened and inspect the road surface.

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The vibration u felt may have been the road, transmissions seldom vibrate, if it was the transmission this is what might have happened a loss of pressure to the forward direct drive clutch pack, the other possibility is that the torque converter clutch was shuddering, if the trans has never had the fluid and filter changed and it has 60,000 or more miles on it do so, you may have had a piece of dirt that clogged a hydraulic passage, also have the trans tested for trouble codes, if any significant fault occurred most likely there is be a trouble code in memory.

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Most likely it was the ABS kicking in if it was a slightly heavy stop.
It makes the pedal shake.
Scary if you have never experienced it before.
Dont worry - it's nothing unusual.

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Is it only when you are braking that this vibration occurs?If yes then you need to check your brake pads.

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