My 1992 Honda Accord has developed a bad shake in the front end. I've had the CV Joint replaced twice since last Oct. My mechanic says he's stumped. He says he's checked everything and thinks it's actually engine shake. Weird thing is...it only does it under acceleration and only about 65% of the time. Sometimes, just after making a turn, the shaking isn't there.
Model: Accord LX Sedan
Had drivers side CV Joint replaced twice since October of last year (first one he used to replace it with was bad right out of the box), replaced outer tie rod on passenger side, checked wheel balance, replaced fuel filter and ran injector cleaner. One thing of note, my mechanic noticed that my drivetrain sits higher than it should, creating more of angle for the CV Shafts. It's always been this way, however, and not a recent problem.
Does it happen when braking also ?
It doesn't happen when braking. The shaking is felt throughout the car and steering wheel, but not on the pedal. It's most noticeable under acceleration, but will lightly shake under maintenance throttle. Once you let off the throttle, the shake is gone. I had the drivers side cv shaft replaced in October due to knocking noise on corners. When I picked my car up, the new cv shaft made the knocking noise going straight (a first for me). After that one was replaced, the shaking started. I've voiced my strong opinion that is seems like it would be the cv shaft, but the mechanic insists it's not the cv shaft. The car is old with 234000 miles on it. I'm not sure what to do as it's performed quite well up until last fall. The shake started and is up-to-now a mystery. My gas mileage has also dropped, stemming from roughly the same time. I use to be able to get 30 mph on hwy/interstate and roughly 350+ on a tank of in-town driving. Now, I'm lucky to 300 miles on a tank in-town.
So there were no issues prior to having the cv joint replaced correct ?
That is correct. I do seem to burn through cv joints quite a bit though. I'm assuming that has to do with my drivetrain sitting higher than it should be.
Ok so there is aftermarket suspension installed?
I've never replaced any of the suspension in the 11 years I've owned it. I'm assuming it's still stock.
Ok there are two common issues then to check.I would use another shop as its most likely that the cv joint is bad and the shop is not that experienced.So I would have the axle checked as well as the transmission carrier where the axle goes into the transmission.I would also have the motor and transmission mounts checked.ClickHereAlso check the radious rod busings and make sure the nut is not loose this can very well cause this issue .ClickHereHoped this helped.Positive feedback and bonuses greatly appreciated.HondaPlatinum41016.7493922454
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Did you need anything else ?
So there's nothing pointing towards anything with the engine (except maybe the motor mounts)? I'm really hoping that is the case, but wanted to double check.
Yes that's correct . Unless it running rough in park or drive then it can be misfiring from jumping time or bent valves. Hoped all this helped. Positive feedback and bonuses greatly appreciated.