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Old 11-29-2011, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Vibrating at 60 mph and leaking? HELP?

Hello everyone I have an issue that I need help with.

When I accelerate to 60 mph and above, my car starts vibrating around 58 mph and then gets worse where the vibrating stays the same from 78 - 80.

Also my car seems to be leaking something which looks like brake fluid but there is no decrease in any of the fluid levels.

I have already checked tire pressure and alignment. It doesnt shake at all at lower speeds. But sometimes if you press in the clutch after 60 SOMETIMES the vibrating will stop.

Also I hear a clunking noise when shifting from reverse to first and some other gears. I will put up a video of the sound later.

But the clunking sound is loud, and there doesnt seem to be any other effects then the sound and vibrating, the clutch still shifts fine there is no smell or signs of the clutch slipping or anything in drivablility.

My question is what could the vibrating and clunking sound be???


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Old 11-29-2011, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There are probably two issues. The front end steering components ar known to cause the vibrations that you are describing, so get them checked out by a specialist shop.
The fluid could be power steering fluid leaking from the rack, pump or possibly some of the hoses or pipes.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you looked or tried to move the transmission at its rear mount and see any oil in the area GGH
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Sounds like you gearbox mounts.
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This is definately a balance issue, the UJ's take-up most of this but there is a limit...
(Working from the previous good comments)...
If the Vibration...
Is at the front, then I would suspect suspension bushes.
Is at the middle, clutch failing or prop centre-bearing.
Is at the rear, suspension bushes or drive-shaft(s).

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Just to add...
If the gearbox "clunks" while selecting low gears then it will be a clutch issue too ! Whether its the pressure-plate, clutch-plate or thrust bearing !! Best idea would be to get a new Clutch kit !
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Hey,Dabsy I like your trouble shooting and will produce some results--GGH
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Thx mate... Just trying to help
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Hey everyone I wanted to thank you for your quick replys and advice.

I ended taking it to my mechanic and apparently it is the U joints on the drive shaft. They are about to snap.

So does anyone know any junkyards or anyone selling a drive shaft close to topeka ks?
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How does your mechanic know they're about to give-way? What did he see?
They may last a few 100 or more km's but DO NOT drive that car at speed... When a shaft fails badly it can have serious consequences...
Sorry, I cannot help with your search for parts from here !!
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Hey CAL. sorry I live 500 miles east of you GOOD LUCK,by the way all E 36 shaft should be the same lenght
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