Vibration, Vibration, VIBRATION !!!!
About 14 months ago I was told by work that I would be doing more mileage and with the arrival of another baby, I decided to get myself a 7 yr old barge that I could use to clock up the miles and still keep the 156 in the family.
I have to admit in the last 14 months I haven’t driven the 156 that often, apart from the odd time on weekends, but the wife was taking good car of it, or so I thought.
I took it down to the shops last week and thought it was vibrating a lot while driving, so I put it down to a wheel or 2 imbalance. Asked her if she had noticed and all I got was a shrug of the shoulders.
So when the opportunity came yesterday for me to take it on a 400 mile round trip, I decided to take it and take it out. Once I got out on the motorway I could barely take it above 60mph due to the vibration. So I thought, first chance, pull in & get the 4 wheels balanced. Needless to say the front 2 tyres were borderline so I got them replaced also.
Back out on the road….no change.
Here are the symptoms:
Sitting at idle, car ticking over at 850rpm – no rough idle & no vibration
Foot on clutch, rev up to 4-5000 rpm, very little vibration felt through both clutch and accelerator pedal.
Foot off clutch, car in neutral, rev up to 4-5000 rpm, possibly a little more vibration felt than before.
Drive off from a standing position and once you start to reach 30-40mph, that’s when it really starts to kick in. The whole car starts to shake and continues up the speed range.
Now I got up to 70mph on a downhill slope and put the foot on clutch and vibration still present but only a little better due to the revs dropping off to idle speed but vibration still very prominent. Also, there is a noticeable difference between freshly smooth poured tarmac road and rough concrete surface, where the vibration is a lot worse on the rough surface.
I am going to try and get a chance to take the car to an independent in the next week or 2, but would like to hear from others who may have experienced these symptoms.
The exhaust underneath seems solid when revved….I just don’t know.
My wife thinks I’m going mad as at the same time I’m getting identical symptoms on the BMW.
The car has 53,000 miles, has had full service on 12, 24, 36 & 48k intervals. Cambelt/variator at 43k. It is now coming up to 5 years old in March.
The worst is, she doesn’t notice anything and I’m worried it’s been like this for months and it’s done some damage.
I’ve heard and read here about premature wear on front & rear wishbones and the bushes in them. Could this be my problem?
Any advice before I go to the independent would be great.
'09 Subaru Legacy Tourer
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