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Old 03-26-2011, 01:44 AM
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Default Shutter on light acceleration?

Back to you all ... the car fixing community. So here's the deal. My 1996 Dodge Caravan 3.0, 3 speed, has steering wheel vibration at idle in gear, much less when in neutral. Under light acceleration is vibrates/shudders until about 35 or 40. If I accelerate more quickly you don't feel any shudder through all three gears.

I have new plugs, wires, alternator, PCM, AIC, crank sensor, distributor, battery .... and I had a headgasket set repair, and new tranny fluid and filter. The car engine is better than ever.

Balljoints? I do hear a nasty clunk at times on the passenger side when I hit just the right bump in the road. It doesn't pull much to either side and makes no noise when I turn.

What do you guys think?

Thanks again!
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:50 AM
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Your definition of a shutter is probably not the same as mine. So that one is tough. have you pinpointed the problem of this shutter as being engine or trans?

Could be a ball joint, or swaybar link or strut, or strut bearing, or engine mount or control arm bushing or crossmember bushings, or ????????
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:04 PM
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The vibration at idle could be the timing belt is off a tooth or a vacuum leak, Vibration while driving could be a bad axle shaft or motor mounts. I would tighten all the bolts and nuts on the lower suspension.
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