Q: Car shakes when accelerating and has a hard time starting

asked by on July 10, 2017

Just got a bunch of work done on car- oil change, break pads, alignment and ear shocks. Mechanic said we might wanna get new rear tires soon but not needed yet and we just got 2 front tires a month ago. It was shaking when accelerating between 30-40 mph when we brought it in and now it shakes almost every acceleration and has a hard time starting on and off. What can it be?

My car has 96000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal idling RPM which may also cause the motor to shake or vibrate more than normal. This creates a loss of power that resonates throughout the motor additionally causing other problems with ignition and fuel timing. Anytime a misfire is caused, this causes an imbalance in the motor which will cause the motor to shake or vibrate. Other issues that may cause this type of shaking or vibration might be broken engine mounts or potentially tires that are out of balance or worn improperly. Engine mounts are generally rubber mounted braces that hold the engine in place to the chassis of the car. When these break or become weak or faulty, this may cause the engine to vibrate heavily. When tires are out of balance, as the speed of the vehicle increases, the vibration will become much more noticeable and pronounced. I would suggest having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle using a scanning tool which will more accurately indicate what specifically may be causing this.

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