My '93 Camry has been shaking when stepping on the gas from a slow speed or stop and from what I can tell, others have experienced this with different causes.
For my Camry, if I'm at a stop light at a freeway on-ramp and then I need to quickly get up to freeway speeds, the car shakes and this is felt in the steering wheel. Thus, this problem occurs when I am accelerating somewhat aggressively (for this little motor).
I must first state that I feel I have a good mechanic where I now live in southern California as I have had good experiences with his work in the past. He told me that I need to replace the CV Axles to correct this shaking. The car has about 173,000 miles on it now and I did have the Axles replaced several years ago when the car had 106,000 miles on the clock. I did the replacement at that time because, the vehicle was clicking when making turns and upon looking under the car, I could see the boots were visibly torn (i.E. - From my understanding, the 2 signs of bad axles). Upon replacing the axles years back at 106K miles, the clicking noises ended.
Presently, I'm not getting a clicking sound upon turning the vehicle nor do the boots appear to be torn. Last year I had some work done on the car and did have the engine mounts (top and bottom) replaced as he pointed out the rubber had deteriorated. Therefore, I doubt the engine mounts are part of the problem.
Also, as it was definitely time for 4 new tires on the car, a couple of months back I had new tires balanced and installed which did not noticeably improve or worsen the vehicle shaking problem.
My question is: Is it likely that bad CV Axles are the cause of the car shaking like this? I am about to begin commuting a significantly longer distance soon and as my mechanic hasn't steered me wrong over the 2 years I've gone to him, I am leaning toward getting the work done. I would like to get your thoughts as I haven't heard of this shaking being a symptom of faulty Axles. Is this possible?
Thursday, May 30th, 2013 AT 12:52 AM