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My 1994 caravan shakes severly while driving.I lifted the front end and started the engine,i noticed the engine swings side to side.I have already replaced the motor and trans mounts,both axels,wheels,tires,bearings,rotors,and brakes.I havent had any luck with the problem what do you recomend.

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  • naomideanda Sep 03, 2009

    IS THE CV SHAFT THE SAME AS THE AXEL? IF IT IS I HAVE REPLACED THEM ALREADY.

  • naomideanda Sep 03, 2009

    My 1994 caravan shakes severlymy 1994 caravan shakes severly while driving.I lifted the front end and started the engine,i noticed the engine swings side to side.I have already replaced the motor and trans mounts,both axels,wheels,tires,bearings,rotors,and brakes.I havent had any luck with the problem what do you recomend. Moremy 1994 caravan shakes severly while driving.I lifted the front end and started the engine,i noticed the engine swings side to side.I have already replaced the motor and trans mounts,both axels,wheels,tires,bearings,rotors,and brakes.I havent had any luck with the problem what do you recomend.
    Comments:Sep 03, 2009 - IS THE CV SHAFT THE SAME AS THE AXEL? IF IT IS I HAVE REPLACED THEM ALREADY.
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  • naomideanda Sep 03, 2009

    only when the tranny is engaged

  • naomideanda Sep 04, 2009

    with front end lifted and in drive engine swins side to side and when car is going down the road it shakes alot seem to shake even more when climbing hills but does it all the time i have replaced just about everything.i dont mind the questions at all thanks.

  • naomideanda Sep 04, 2009

    thanks for your advice i will check it and keep you posted thanks again

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Have the tie rod ends been replaced? is the rack ok, no excess movement? the engine movement is normal, the mounts are very soft to isolate engine vibration, also check the free play in the ball joint, remember a little play in this part and a little in that part adds up to allot of play and a poss front end shake, any good tire shop like big O tire will drive and inspect your front end for free and give you an idea as to what is causing this problem.

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Ok i need to know just the engine on and in park does the engine shake or only when trans is rotating drive wheels?

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  • Tom Sep 03, 2009

    ok engauged and rolling or just sitting still in drive and running? sorry to be asking alot i need to know so i can help

  • Tom Sep 04, 2009

    well thats a doozy to trouble shoot without being there. somethings wore and loose or outa balance. engine skipping? missing tourqe converter to flex plate bolt(very common on these)? control arm bushings or lower ball joint? if you are equipped to safley lift and run in gear and see whats moving you should see whats doing it. also,i know there new but do u have a bound or not installed all the way cv jonit/shaft? let me know im curious as to your findings. i wish i was there so we could find it. dont give up its a pretty strait forward front end. best of luck

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Make sure and inspect the right inner c/v shaft really good. The symptoms you are describing sound exactly like a worn inner c/v shaft. That´s what I would check if that car came to my shop with what you are describing.

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