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2005 Subaru Outback Question: Why does my car shake when accelerating?

 

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Jintexas, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Los Fresnos, TX, February 02, 2012, 20:43
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I feel my car shake through the gas pedal when accelerating. When I let go it stops. It has new tires & brake pads. The check engine light is not on. I changed the spark plugs about 20K miles ago and used iridium plugs car has 108K now (idled rougher with the iridium plug but never shook). No obvious lack of power and is smooth when you start it. A friend said it was the rotors but, I really don't know. Thanks in advance.

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    ttcurtis February 02, 2012, 23:59
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    PUT YOUR REGULER PLUGS BACK IN .SOME NEW ONES YOU SHOULD STICK WITH FACTORY PLUGS MAKE SHURE THOSE PLUGS ARE NOT FOULING OUT CHECK THE BREATH AIR FILTER.MAKE SHURE THE PLUGS WAS GAP CORRECTLY TO .CHECK THOSE ROTORS THE THAY COULD BE WORE DOWN BAD IF THAY STILL HAVE LIFE IN THEM TO SHOP LET ORALIYS AUTO PART AND HAVE THE MIC AND TURNED IF NEEDED

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    Jintexas, February 03, 2012, 10:28
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    Thanks for the info. I'll take a look at those items.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, February 03, 2012, 00:09
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    You need to determine if the "shake" is engine or brake/tire/suspension related.
    I have had good luck with Iridnium plugs in that engine, could a plug wire have been damaged? Make sure no oil is down the plug tube wells (if so change valve cover gaskets).
    It is important on Subaru engines if you have a misfire code set to check valve clearances I have seen them need adjustment at 100,000 miles.
    After that you are looking at brakes/steering/suspension.

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    Jintexas, February 03, 2012, 10:29
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    Thanks for the reply. I'll go back and check those things you mentioned.

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