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Car will not idle well. Dashboard shakes, pretty much whole front end shakes...

It has been getting worse, but very gradual. Could this be my engine mounts? Do I need to tighten something I don't know about? 2001 Fod Focus ZX3 100,000 miles.

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  • mrnonfxit Jul 18, 2008

    my cars' front end is shaking when i turn the car on. While cruising its not bad but at stop lights or in driveway it is a very stern shake. Been going on for about 6 months. Dashboard shakes hard. Change in cup holders cling!

  • kalucas Jul 21, 2008

    same problem it is really bad with my car, if I idle for too long my car just shuts off... but it turns right back on. Plz help!! I'm a poor college student so hopefully this won't be too $$ to fix

  • Brandee2008 Jul 24, 2008

    We are having the same problem what to do?

  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2008

    well mine i was moving the air flow sensor and it help but it keeps doing it help!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mrnonfxit Aug 04, 2008

    What about replacing the engine mounts? I have heard that sometimes the bolts become loose or the padding that tightens the engine to my car becomes loose. I have tried to talk to someone at Auto Zone...etc and they say they don't even carry the parts. People at these places are not much help. I will try the vacuum thing when I get home.

  • victoria bennett
    victoria bennett May 11, 2010

    welcome to fixya

    could you plz tell us whats been getting worse?


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The problem is the engine mount. The care has 3: Engine, engine/transmission and lower transmission. The engine mount is on the passenger side of the engien and you can see it between the fender well and engine. It is a fluid mount. When the get old, the fluid goes out. You can see this when you remove the black plastic cover by just pulling it off. this exposes the fluid bladder. Push on it. If it is hard, the fluid is gone and it wont isolate the engine vibration. If it is soft and bulging up, then it is ok.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010

It may be and engine mount which causes it to idle roughly when i rest

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

Turn the car on and open the hood. Do you hear a hiss? If you do the vacuum tube has a hole in it. The vacuum tube is connected to the top of the engine block (more to the middle) and goes towards the cabin.

Run your hand over this when the engine is running (be careful, since the engine is running). You should feel a suction somewhere along the length of the hose (typically it is in the 90 degree turns at the ends of the hose). If you do, this is your problem. Replace the hose/PVC ends and it will fix your issue.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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