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1995 Honda Accord Question: vibration in 4 cylinder

 

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raroeder1, Schofield, WI, November 08, 2012, 23:09
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Hi
cant believe the amount of vibration while you are riding or idling in this car. Mechanic said that is just how they are. Even my 12 year old complained. Are all Honda 4 cylinders of this year and make like that?
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    pushrod November 09, 2012, 01:53
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    HAVE "ANOTHER" MECHANIC CHECK THE MOTOR MOUNTS. ALSO NO,THEY ARE NOT ALL LIKE THAT!!!

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    raroeder1, November 09, 2012, 06:10
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    I did not think all honda's were like that. Thank you, for letting me know!

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    Miles Auto Services (884 Answers) , Richmond, VA - (804) 885-4176
    milesauto November 09, 2012, 06:05
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    I suggest you have another mechanic check your car. Could be several different causes but I suspect it could have a worn engine mount.

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    raroeder1, November 09, 2012, 06:29
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    This car does not have rust. Will engine mounts wear without rusting? Another mechanic did not even note the vibration on a pre-purchase inspection or wear of motor mounts. But maybe that would not be caught on inspection? or would a good mechanic see that?
    It has douglas tires, which I thought may affect ride, but vibration?
    The valve cover gasket has a slight leak. The engine does not purrr like my subaru. Mechanic that said vibration was normal said it had "lifter clatter" and when the valve cover is done that the lifters should be adjusted. I wonder could this "lifter clatter" also cause vibration?
    I am worried I purchased one of those look pretty cars - looks nice, runs like crap. My rusty subie, rides so smooth. Said mechanic said it is related to how the engines sit in the engine bay.
    Thank you for all your helpfull input!

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    milesauto, November 09, 2012, 06:37
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    Engine mounts are also called insulators because one of there funtions is to insulate vibrations that the engine makes. The part that fails on the mount is made of rubber. Typically I see them sag and ground out to the metal part of the mount thus it sends vibrations though the chassis of the car. This type of vibration is usally felt even when the car is not moving....like at idle at stop lights and may subside or get worse when accelerating. Tire vibration are going to be noticed when the car is moving and get worse at certain speeds. Hope this info helps you.

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    raroeder1, November 09, 2012, 20:18
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    Thank you, I will have the engine mounts looked at. The price tag for fixing motor mounts sounds like it could be scary.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12984 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper November 09, 2012, 06:26
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    get a 2nd opinion

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    raroeder1, November 09, 2012, 06:34
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    Thank you for replying! Please take a peak at my other response. I am wondering if it may lead to a clue on what is going on. It does help with everyone's tips to steer my mechanic in the right direction!

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    your.mechanic November 09, 2012, 09:08
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    Did you just buy this car? Hondas are known for their high revving and smooth idling engines

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    raroeder1, November 09, 2012, 20:08
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    Yes, we just purchased this car. Did not notice the vibration on test drive. Thought we would be smart and have someone with mechanical knowledge look at it before we bought it. Regular mechanic was busy, had a shop do inspection, they did not notice either or did not think much of it because of it being a 1995.
    I am hoping that maybe it had been sitting for a while and maybe it will get better.
    I am going to check my tire pressure, but I do not think this is the cause. vibration on idle. I am starting to wonder if this honda has more than the 162,xxx miles on the odometer.

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    ziptie12 November 10, 2012, 03:45
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    Failed or improperly adjusted motor mounts , or improperly installed 'balance shaft' belt.

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    raroeder1, November 10, 2012, 11:49
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    Thank you for your help! I will get these items checked On Tues. 13th.

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    ziptie12, November 11, 2012, 20:07
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    Please post results..........I got $1.00 on #3.

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