Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My friend's car is vibrating

asked by on

My friend's car has 100,000 miles and when she is driving over 50 MPH, the car will gently vibrate a couple times every 15 minutes or so. It is not a hard vibration that shakes the dashboard, but you can feel it in your seat. I think it may be transmission related, and my first thought was the torque converter. She took it to a mechanic who thought the same thing. I was wondering if it could be something else? Maybe a bad torque converter seal?

The symptoms you described do make it sound like an issue with the torque converter. It sounds like, while you’re driving, the torque converter lock up clutch is slipping occasionally, causing the vibration to happen. It is possible that there is a different problem that is causing the vibration, such as a torque converter seal allowing it to lose pressure. The car would need to be thoroughly diagnosed by a qualified professional, such as one available from YourMechanic, in order to determine what is causing your car’s shaking issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Hi, how can I check to see if blower motor relay or a fuse My heater won't come on and replace blower

Hi there: It's more than likely that you have an electrical short that is causing the fuse to pop when you activate the heater. This could be caused by a frayed or exposed wire, or the electrical relay being damaged....

Q: The car drove over a lot of snow and got stuck in first gear

If your transmission will not shift out of first gear it could be caused by a number of things. The most common things that could cause this issue would be a faulty shift solenoid or a damaged transmission. Many...

Q: Car is pulling like it wants to keep moving when at a stop

Hello and thank you for your question. This is a symptom of the brakes not being applied correctly. Check the condition of the brakes for proper adjustment. Also, look at the rpm's of the vehicle and make sure that the...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.