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Honda CRV 1999 model 4WD (SUV). Vibration when power applied, shaking car at high speed and thumping/bumping at low speed. Stops immediately when power backed off; not evident coasting down hill. Vibration/thumping occurs at all speeds, and seems at about road wheel frequency. Comes and goes; not consistent. Not evident with hand break on and clutch slipping in either 1st or reverse gear (to test engine under load while wheels stationary).

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  • frankjkee255 May 22, 2011

    Thanks hotchevy1965. The thumping is in proportion to engine power; not evident at any speed when decelerating, and worsens as power increases (acceleration or steady hill climb). Front shock absorbers replaced last year. Recent major service including new timing belt and "tight tappets" adjusted fixed it for a while, but problem soon returned. Left drive shaft changed, and again reduced it. Problem still there, but much better; waiting to see if it stays fixed this time.

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THUMPING NOISE COULD BE BLISTER OR BUMP ON THE TIRE,IMPROPER SHOCK ABSORBER OR STRUT DAMPER ACTION.

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  • frankjkee255 May 22, 2011

    Thanks hotchevy1965. The thumping only occurs when engine supplying power. Not evident at any speed when decelerating. Thumping increases in proportion to engine power input; worse when accelerating or steady hill climb. Front shock absorbers replaced last year. Recent 200,000km service including replacing timing belt and adjusting "tight tappets" fixed problem for a while, but came back in a week or so. Replacing left drive shaft also greatly improved it, but it is still there; waiting to see if it comes back fully again. Mechanic stumped and suggesting I should take it to a Honda dealer workshop.

  • Jonah Oneal May 22, 2011

    LOOK FOR LOOSE DRIVE SHAFT BOLTS.IF ALL BOLTS TIGHT. YOU COULD HAVE WORN UNIVERSAL JOINT BEARINGS.

  • frankjkee255 May 24, 2011

    Thanks hotchevy1965. The CV joints in the left drive shaft had a little bit of play in them, but not much. So far the problem has not come back fully, so maybe that was it, and replacing the right side drive shaft will be worth it, if it takes away the last bit of the problem. Will wait another week and see.

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