Dodge Colt shimmy?

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Old 09-18-03, 12:32 PM
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Question Dodge Colt shimmy?

1988 Dodge Colt Dl 1.5L 4 door Wagon
automatic,

Just purchased. Upon accelerating I have a sideways vibration or shimmy once i hit approx. 20 mph. It lasts only seconds and happens at no other time, just when accelerating to 20. My husband changed the transmission filter and the fluid. He also found a cracked engine mount (front) which he replaced with no change to the condition. He said to tell you the transmission does not have a mount it attaches directly to the engine.....any ideas?

Thanks in advance, iggyshome
 
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Old 09-18-03, 01:38 PM
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Leave the transmission in a lower gear through (and past) 20 mph to see if the vibration is related to the speed of the vehicle or the speed of the drive train?
Let us know what happens.
 
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Old 09-18-03, 01:49 PM
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Ok, we tried what you said and the vibration/shimmy still occurs =/
 
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Old 09-18-03, 04:04 PM
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It is possible that your are dealing with an engine misfire/stumble.
 
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Old 09-19-03, 05:53 AM
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I agree. When's the last time it saw any maintenance?
 
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Old 09-19-03, 06:01 AM
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Did the vibration still occur at 20 mph?? If so, problem is probably wheel related.
 
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Old 09-19-03, 06:54 AM
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Car just had a tune-up and passed smog 2 in Ca no problem! Will tell my husband about the wheel as it does still vibrate in the lower speeds as well. Thanks for the suggestions.Iggy
 
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Old 09-19-03, 07:14 AM
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Swap the tires front to back and see if the problem moves around as others have mentioned.
 
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Old 09-19-03, 09:12 AM
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Our son just put new low profiles on....problem existed before and after......any other thoughts? Again, its a sideways, left to right shimmy almost a shudder as it hits 20 mph and then it ends.....I am the female communicating here but I think I am explaining it......
 
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Old 09-19-03, 09:21 AM
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Tough to say without driving it. Could be an axle, driveline problem.

Was the vehicle lowered in any fashion or was the suspension altered?

Put the stock size tires back on, low profile tires do nothing for handling on something like this and can cause problems.
 
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Old 09-19-03, 09:49 AM
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Thanks for your time anyways! Appreciate the forum....iggy
 
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