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DODGE SHADOW ENGINE PROBLEM

1994 Dodge Shadow

1994 Dodge Shadow Automatic 92,000 miles

pcv valve and vaccum hoses replaced and air filter replaced. Also used fuel cleaner. Car stalls when driving sometimes and is loud and vibrates, but is running better than it was. Not sure what is wrong. Any suggestions?
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Mpessin1983
February 7, 2010.



Please specify which engine you have. It makes a difference.

Is the vibration related to the loud sound? Do you feel it when the car is standing still? If the car has to be moving, do you feel it in the steering wheel, the seat, or both? Did you replace these parts in an attempt to solve the problems or did the problems start after replacing the parts? Was the battery recently disconnected or run dead?

Let's try to diagnose the problem rather than throw parts at it. Eveything you replace or change adds another variable that can add confusion to the original problem.

Caradiodoc

Caradiodoc
Feb 10, 2010.
Battery was new in june 2009. Problems started 1 week ago. Then we replaced the parts. Vibrates in steering wheel, is not as loud as it was now. Check engine light came on for 1 day than then turned off. Can feel car vibrating.

Tiny
Mpessin1983
Feb 10, 2010.
The Check Engine light is an important clue. Once it turns on, a diagnostic fault code has been memorized in the engine computer. If the problem doesn't occur again, the code will be erased automatically after about 50 starts, so it's important to have the code(s) read before that valuable information is lost. The code refers to a circuit or system with the problem, not the specific part.

Again, do you feel the vibration when the car is standing still? If so, that leaves out anything related to the brakes, steering, tires, or suspension systems. The vibration could be an engine misfire which could be related to the Check Engine light.

If the car must be moving, a vibration in the steering wheel that only occurs above around 45 - 50 mph could be a tire out-of-balance. At real low speeds, a bent wheel or broken belt in a tire could be the cause. If the vibration is stronger when braking, suspect a warped brake rotor.

Caradiodoc

Caradiodoc
Feb 10, 2010.
Thanks! I made an appt. Tomorrow to have a mechanic check why they check engine light is turning on and off. The brakes and rotors were installed in june of last year. My husband says the car is ok, but not running how it used to. I will defintely ask mechanic if any of the stuff you said is wrong with it. Thank you for your help!

Tiny
Mpessin1983
Feb 12, 2010.
If the vibration occurs during braking, the new rotors are likely warped, (not defective).

There are a lot of replacement parts around that were made in China. Any part made of cast iron must be " aged" for 90 days before the final machining. The Chinese rotors are perfectly fine, but they don't allow them to age. They just cast 'em, machine 'em, and ship 'em. They age on your car and will often warp when they're fairly new. One light machining will usually be all that's needed once they're done warping.

Caradiodoc

Caradiodoc
Feb 12, 2010.