2000 Pontiac Grand Prix vibration

Tiny
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  • 2000 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
I have a 2000 gtp, just bought it and got it home and the next daty there is a vibration when I accelerate froma stopped position and if you press the gas going down the road you can feel it as well, not as bad, unless you are starting from a stopped position the press gas is when you feel it the worst. Is there a lemon law involved in this or what can I do seeing how I just purchased less than 24 hrs ago
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 AT 6:24 PM

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Tiny
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I assume you bought it from a used car lot. If so, usually they are "AS IS". As for your vibration, it could be a CV axle. (Bent, worn). It could also be in the differential (where both CV axles connect to the transmission) I would try to raise it on a lift and spin the wheels by hand and watch the drive axles for bending. If it's not exactly true and straight, it will vibrate. It may be bent just enough to show up under load. I'd start there.
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 AT 6:35 PM
Tiny
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Is this an expensive fix? And if its not that then what, the tranny shifts fine no slipping or anything.
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 AT 6:42 PM
Tiny
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The CV axles are not expensive. If it's deeper than that, then it can get pretty pricey. It may also be difficult to visually diagnose. You'll need an experienced eye. Hopefully I can help. If you can get both front wheels off the ground, you'll be able to spin the front wheels by hand. Do this and look at the CV axle. If it's bent, you'll notice it. Watch real close and see if there's any 'up and down' movement in the axle. It should be turning true and straight. If you don't notice any, move to the other side and do the same thing. If no movement is noticed, that doesn't mean the axle isn't bad. You may notice it better if you put the car in gear with it running and accelerate. Actually you'll need to have someone do this for you while you watch the axles. PLEASE do this carefully. Use jackstands and set the PARK BRAKE! This is a very unsafe method of checking this. I strongly recommend taking it to a shop where there's a lift and trained technicians.
Anyway, if you don't notice anything wrong with the axles, the problem may be in the differential. There's a 'decelerate' and an 'accelerate' side of the gears in the differential. If there's some teeth broken on the ring gear, it could cause a vibration under acceleration. This is something to consider. Try this. And be very careful if you choose to investigate by yourself.
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Friday, November 14th, 2008 AT 7:16 PM
Tiny
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Is the differential and exp. Fix? Is there a chance and I ask this question for no reason other than trying to diagnose, is there a chance a motor mount could cause this as well?
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Friday, November 14th, 2008 AT 7:56 PM

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