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My 1991 accord wagon has a shuddering problem. Under light acceleration, just enough pressure to keep the car at around 40 mph, the car shudders. If more throttle is applied the shake goes away. I have given the car a tune up, new plugs, wires, rotor cap and rotor, cleaned the egr valve, cleaned the pcv valve, had a transmission guy drive it, he couldnt find anything wrong with it. Any ideas?

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  • oldmanbatema Sep 06, 2009

    I can mostly feel it in the gas pedal, but the whole car shakes. its most noticeable at about 40, but it seems to be starting to do it now at about 15 or 20 mph as well. Its not a lurch like a clogged fuel filter, its a quick shake. Definitely feels like a motor problem.

  • oldmanbatema Sep 06, 2009

    just looking for another opinion.

  • oldmanbatema Sep 06, 2009

    Do CV joints go bad without making that popping noise? My car hasn't made any of the telltale sounds that I thought were indicators of such a problem.

  • oldmanbatema Sep 07, 2009

    Both of these answers sound plausible. Just looking for some congruity.

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Check the engine mounts

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This problem can be caused by worn constant velocity joints, have them checked, they last about 100,000 miles, the joints have a rubber grease seal boot on them and they are located behind the front wheels at the axle ends..

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    yadayada Sep 06, 2009

    Yes the CV's can cause this without the clicking noise, if they are orig in this car and have over 100,000 miles then they are most likely worn to excess, also check for any other free play in the steering from worn tie rod ends and front control arm bushings, I am sure from your description you have front end shake.

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    yadayada Sep 06, 2009

    also check the ball joints, do this buy lifting the tire off the ground and then using a pry bar to check for up and down play in the ball joints, a little bit is ok, more than 1/4 inch is real problem, a little play here and there adds up to allot of shake. Most tire shops will inspect your front end for free, of course they will want to sell you the job.

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Is this the motor shudering or is the steering wheel shaking?? It almost sound like a harmonic balancer, then again you could have a bad axle shaft as well causing the vibrations and when it spins faster (when you accelerate) it smoothes out.

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    James Brooks Sep 06, 2009

    I would bet it to be the harmonic balancer or the half shaft. You can get a free road test at most mechanic shops to confirm one or the two problems...

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