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Discuss 1998 Stratus vibration when accelerating in the rec.autos.makers.chrysler forum at Car Dealer Forums; On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:01:02 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com> wrote: >On Friday, September 21, ...
  1. #11
    Ashton Crusher
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    Default Re: 1998 Stratus vibration when accelerating

    On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:01:02 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    >On Friday, September 21, 2012 3:13:21 AM UTC-6, Ashton Crusher wrote:
    >> On Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:27:20 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com>

    >
    >-------------------------------snip----------------------
    >> It's possible that if one of the balance shafts broke it just means
    >>
    >> that the front half is still rotating while the back half no longer
    >>
    >> is. Other then the vibration it might not really cause any further
    >>
    >> problems. I don't think either of the half's can go anywhere. If the
    >>
    >> engine is otherwise running the same then it seems unlikely any of the
    >>
    >> gears or the belt is broken or messed up. The balance shafts are
    >>
    >> there to make the engine "seem" smoother, I doubt they affect
    >>
    >> longevity one way or the other.

    >
    >I am really begining to doubt that it has anything to do with the engine. It is like someone has installed a glass pack muffler on the car. My brother did this on two of his cars, and the vibration is consistent with what I remember.
    >
    >Can a bad catalytic converter cause this? No check engine light has come on.
    >
    >KM


    I suppose it's possible a baffle in the muffler broke loose and is now
    vibrating.



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  2. #12
    greybuck
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    Default Re: 1998 Stratus vibration when accelerating - Mystery solved

    On Monday, September 24, 2012 6:55:31 PM UTC-6, Ashton Crusher wrote:
    > On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:01:02 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com>
    >
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > >On Friday, September 21, 2012 3:13:21 AM UTC-6, Ashton Crusher wrote:

    >
    > >> On Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:27:20 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com>

    >
    > >

    >
    > >-------------------------------snip----------------------

    >
    > >> It's possible that if one of the balance shafts broke it just means

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> that the front half is still rotating while the back half no longer

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> is. Other then the vibration it might not really cause any further

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> problems. I don't think either of the half's can go anywhere. If the

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> engine is otherwise running the same then it seems unlikely any of the

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> gears or the belt is broken or messed up. The balance shafts are

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> there to make the engine "seem" smoother, I doubt they affect

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> longevity one way or the other.

    >
    > >

    >
    > >I am really begining to doubt that it has anything to do with the engine.. It is like someone has installed a glass pack muffler on the car. My brother did this on two of his cars, and the vibration is consistent with what I remember.

    >
    > >

    >
    > >Can a bad catalytic converter cause this? No check engine light has comeon.

    >
    > >

    >
    > >KM

    >
    >
    >
    > I suppose it's possible a baffle in the muffler broke loose and is now
    >
    > vibrating.


    I finally gave up, and took it to the dealer. It looks like the timing belttensioner that was replaced 20,000 miles/3.5 years ago went bad, and it was flopping back and forth, trying to keep the belt tight, and causing the vibration in the process. Now, I get to deal with the cost of having this done, when the parts should have at least lasted as long as the originals.

    KM

  3. #13
    Ashton Crusher
    Guest

    Default Re: 1998 Stratus vibration when accelerating - Mystery solved

    On Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:07:06 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    >On Monday, September 24, 2012 6:55:31 PM UTC-6, Ashton Crusher wrote:
    >> On Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:01:02 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com>
    >>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> >On Friday, September 21, 2012 3:13:21 AM UTC-6, Ashton Crusher wrote:

    >>
    >> >> On Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:27:20 -0700 (PDT), greybuck <kmath50@gmail.com>

    >>
    >> >

    >>
    >> >-------------------------------snip----------------------

    >>
    >> >> It's possible that if one of the balance shafts broke it just means

    >>
    >> >>

    >>
    >> >> that the front half is still rotating while the back half no longer

    >>
    >> >>

    >>
    >> >> is. Other then the vibration it might not really cause any further

    >>
    >> >>

    >>
    >> >> problems. I don't think either of the half's can go anywhere. If the

    >>
    >> >>

    >>
    >> >> engine is otherwise running the same then it seems unlikely any of the

    >>
    >> >>

    >>
    >> >> gears or the belt is broken or messed up. The balance shafts are

    >>
    >> >>

    >>
    >> >> there to make the engine "seem" smoother, I doubt they affect

    >>
    >> >>

    >>
    >> >> longevity one way or the other.

    >>
    >> >

    >>
    >> >I am really begining to doubt that it has anything to do with the engine. It is like someone has installed a glass pack muffler on the car. My brother did this on two of his cars, and the vibration is consistent with what I remember.

    >>
    >> >

    >>
    >> >Can a bad catalytic converter cause this? No check engine light has come on.

    >>
    >> >

    >>
    >> >KM

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I suppose it's possible a baffle in the muffler broke loose and is now
    >>
    >> vibrating.

    >
    >I finally gave up, and took it to the dealer. It looks like the timing belt tensioner that was replaced 20,000 miles/3.5 years ago went bad, and it was flopping back and forth, trying to keep the belt tight, and causing the vibration in the process. Now, I get to deal with the cost of having this done, when the parts should have at least lasted as long as the originals.
    >
    >KM


    That's a bummer.

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