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Vibrating and shaking loudly on accelleration in pedals and steering wheel! Also, there is an open gap in the exhaust. Dealer says all these things are normal (Roseville Toyota). Is that true?

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SOURCE: steering wheel shake when braking

The usual cause for this is because the brake rotors on your Stratus have warped slightly. In the old days, it was easy enough to simply change the brake pads and then have the rotors "turned" (machined) so they turn true. Nowadays, finding a place to have your rotors machined isn't all that easy, though you may just get lucky. It's usually around $10/rotor. Replacing the rotors sometimes seems to be the only option. You'll be able to find them at Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, etc., and usually run around $30/each. Of course, while you have the brake calipers removed to remove the rotors, you may want to go ahead and put a new set of brake pads on there as well. You'll notice an immediate difference in braking once you get back on the road, without all that incessive shaking to a stop!

I hope this helps! :)

Posted on Apr 07, 2010

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Sounds like a warped rotor or uneven rotor surface,could also be a worn or damaged wheel bearing.

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SOURCE: What could cause front end wheel shake while braking?

warped brake rotors.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012

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When your Cadillac shakes when you start it what usually wrong


  • Knowing the warning signs of impending trouble can go a long way toward keeping your car from a highway breakdown.

    You need to develop an awareness of how your car should sound. For instance, when you turn the key to start, the gear like sound of the starter motor engaging should be smooth and sound like an electric motor working hard to crank the engine. If you notice a different sound - more like a grinding - chances are you have a starter motor problem about to happen. Let's say you're driving along and you feel the steering wheel vibrating at certain speeds. The onset of this subtle vibration could tip you off to a tire that needs to be balanced, worn steering linkage or a bulge in a tire that may be about to blow out. In any case, the vibration needs attention. Normally you shouldn't notice the sound of the exhaust system. A sudden change in your car's sound, therefore, isn't something to ignore.

    Suppose you're used to a pleasant hum, then, perhaps after a bump or when starting up the car one morning, there's a loud roaring that sound like a hot rod without a muffler. The harder you press the gas pedal. The louder the noise becomes. A noisy exhaust means the exhaust gases are blowing out under the car rather than at the rear of the car - a dangerous condition. Brakes play their own warning tune. On many cars, a scratching noise coming from the wheels that stops when you stop pressing on the brake pedal is caused by a low-brake warning device. Its purpose is to warn you that you need front brake pads. A loud grinding noise when you step on the brake pedal is an alarm that your brakes need immediate attention. The grinding noise occurs when the brake pads are totally worn away and the metal of the brake pad backing plate rubs directly on the brake rotor.

    Ignoring grinding brakes can be a costly - or even deadly - error. Shock absorbers help keep the car steady and balanced while the wheels roll over bumps and ruts. Their modern counterpart, the MacPherson strut, does essentially the same thing. You might not notice worn shocks or struts when you're simply riding around town. The safety effect of these devices comes into play at higher speeds. When you hit a bump, the tire wants to bounce like a basketball. Worn shocks or struts allow the ties to bounce out of control making steering difficult and braking less effective.

    What you may notice is the car rocking more every time you stop, assuming an almost boat like quality. Old, broken or worn out shocks and struts should be replaced to ensure safe steering and braking at higher speeds. Engine noises are easiest to hear when the car is not moving. Transmission sounds or brake noises usually occur when the car is moving. Pay attention to any new sound and keep notes - how it sounds, when it makes the sound and what difference, if any, occurs in driving when the noise is present - to help you describe it to your service dealer.

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98 vw Jetta GL 2.0 5 spd manual. Grinding noise/crackling coming from front left wheel side. Both at start up but when the car is driving does it as well. I just need more thoughts on it thanks!


That was hard to hear, but my first thought was the rubber bushing on the top of your strut.
If those go bad, you get a rattle JUST like that while driving.
It can also shake around on start up.

If that doesn't help, other possible solutions may be wheel bearing (hub bearing) or CV axles.

even still, it could be very bad motor mounts.

check into my first guess and let me know.

Do you feel like the alignment is bad now?

Could also be control arm bushings.

Jack the car up until the tire in an inch off the ground and grab the tire in the 9 & 3 o'clock positions and try to shake it side to side. (as if you were trying to turn the steering side to side)

You shouldn't be able to shake it more than a tiny bit. (It should be firm and far from loose)

If it shakes, you can have a look at the top of the strut and the control arm bushings while doing so to figure out which one is messed up.

If neither shake, It may lean toward the hub bearing.

Yet another possible is the steering rack...... but I honestly think its the strut bushings.

Have a helper look at it with you as you shouldn't be near a lifted car without back-up.

Hope this helps.

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if you let off the gas and it stops vibrating, have the cv axles checked. if the steering wheel shakes at parking lot speeds, a tire is bad.

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Your car has front disc brakes, the disc's are running out of true, as u apply the brake this causes the steering wheel to shake, the higher the speed the more u feel this, the solution is to have the front brake disc's machined true again on a brake lathe or if they are to thin replace them.

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