1998 Toyota Corolla engine vibration.


Engine Performance problem
1998 Toyota Corolla 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 184000 miles

my 98 corolla has started vibrating while idling after warmup. It seems to have worsened since I replaced the plugs and wires. Got noticably worse after replacing the air filter. Doesn't affect permormance, but is very annoying at traffic stops and seems to be vibrating something just behind the speedometer b/c I hear a "thumping" there along with the vibration. It's worse in gear, putting in park or neutral, it smooths out a bit and the thumping goes away. I thought maybe the valve clearance needed adjusted? I hear slight valve tapping, but it's very faint, would it be very loud if it needed adjusted? The engine barely made any noise at all before I replaced the plugs. Though I did not use those factory double pronged plugs it recommended, I just used regular platinums. I'm concerned with the valve tapping and vibration since engine could barely be heard running a few thousand miles ago. Possibly EGR valve? PCV? Check engine light is on. Several codes. There was a vaccuum leak. Any suggestions?

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 AT 11:37 AM

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Since the shaking got worse after the tune up, I would replace the plugs with factory plugs and wires (Denso, NGK).

The ticking could be a valve shim, these require special tools and would best be done by Toyota or reputable garage.

The wrong plugs, or loose plugs can cause a lot of problems.

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Friday, October 24th, 2008 AT 8:45 AM

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