Okay well i just bought a ford tempo for cheap! 900$ the body is in
the inside is too but when i drive when i slow down it
shakes so bad it feels
like my car is going to fallapart we had a guy
look at the breaks and ruders or
w/e they are called and he said they
look brand new and said my trany is
slipping :? did i buy a lemon
does anyone know what it could be?
On Mon, 12 Dec 2005 03:14:56 -0600,
email@example.com (tezzy) wrote:
Rudders are something that you'd find on a mid 70's US car ;-)
Just Kidding... On to your car.
Try driving it on an empty road, putting the transmission in neutral
and applying the brakes. Does the vibration occur?
Yes: Brakes (slightly possibly tires/rims)
No: not brakes.
If it occurs when slowing from 40+ MPH but only when in drive, it is
"possible" that the lockup torque convertor (if it has one) is staying
locked instead of releasing and what you would be feeling is the
shuddering of the clutch plate in the transmission slipping &
It's quite likely that you've got warped drums or even rotors (yes new
brake rotors can become warped if they are either stored improperly or
if they are installed on the hub over debris and then the wheel is
Try bringing the vehicle to a qualified shop (if you're worried about
cost get a free examination from 2 or 3 Mr Mufflers/Pep Boys or
whomever in your area does free brake checks
Drop the vehicle off before they open and ask them to have a look at
it but don't tell them what you think. Say something like "my sister
is saying that the brakes are "funny" "whatever that means."
If the shops come to the same conclusion odds are that'll be your
problem and they can fix it for you. Brakes can be fairly simple but
remember that saying.
"Build an idiot proof device & they'll build a better idiot." :-)
If you can't drive it on the roads to get to a shop:
1) check that the wheels and tires are true with no split belts/cords
2) remove wheel, hold down disk with lug nuts, spin disk & ensure that
it runs true (you can use a piece of sandpaper or a file to help you
find high spots as you slowly cross the surface with the disk
spinning. (a good idea to look at the pads and ensure that the caliper
mounting hardware was installed properly and is secure at this point).
3) Look for "bluing" of the rotors from excess heat (often time's
there will be heat cracks as well.(that will give you a pulsing stop).
4) Remove drums. Look for contamination on the shoes (oil grease
5) examine drums (or spend $5-10 and have them machined).
6) check shock absorbers damping ability (trust me this has come up
before as well). Ensure that the shocks and suspension is in good
order, secure and operating properly. Also check engine and
transmission mounts are attached and in good condition.
I also wouldn't rule out a proportioning valve at this stage.
Are you beginning to see why it's hard to diagnose a "simple problem"
based on just the year of car and 1 or 2 symptoms with no vehicle
mileage or history and little information?
We'll need a bit more information about your transmission
(manual/auto, what it does, etc. to give you any info on that).
PS if "the guy who looked at your brakes thinks your transmission is
slipping but can't figure out your brakes I would recommend you find a
different "guy" and don't let this "guy" anywhere near your car.
Hope this helps a bit
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