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    Car shakes violently above 40mph?

    Hey. I bought my cruze eco(1.4L T) in October of 2012, and all has been fine until recently. I went drifting a little(I know I know please don't berate me lol) and came close to redlining it. I hit about 5500-6000 rpms in 1st gear. After that it drove fine but a two days later I went to get on the highway. While accelerating I didnt feel the shaking much but after I got up to 65 mph my steering wheel, and infact my whole car started shaking like crazy. I slowed down and pulled over then came back home slowly, never exceeding 50+ mph.

    I checked again today. I started my car and warmed it up. Then revved the engine. It sounded a little wierd but nothing out of the ordinary. I popped the hood and put my hand on the engine block and it was shaking, kinda vibrating. I made sure it wasn't my turbo and Im almost positive it isnt the turbo.

    So, anyone know what could have caused the shaking? And would it be safe to drive to the dealer for inspection?

    Thanks

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    I would call the dealer and have it towed. Roadside assistance should cover the tow. Keep in mind, shaking could be due to a variety of factors not limited to the engine, such as a broken CV shaft, loose lugnuts on your wheels, or a nearly failing ball joint or tie end rod. Your best bet is to have it towed for your own safety.
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    Probably a broken motor mount/trans mount if it's shaking when not in gear.

    Best bet is a tow, but if no shaking at low RPM's then it might be ok to slowly drive. If it's speed sensitive then it's probably the CV axle like XR said due to drifting.
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    A way to check motor mounts is stall the veichle at about 2000 rpm and see if there broken, cv axle will make noises if broken.

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    start out easy and make sure all of your lug nuts are tight and go from there
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    I would think a slipped belt in the tire from drifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H3LLON3ARTH View Post
    I would think a slipped belt in the tire from drifting.

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    Or flat spots
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    Thanks for all the posts guys. I started it up above 20 minutes ago and let it warm up. Then I drove it for about 10 minutes and hit 60mph in it. Nothing happened haha. So my theory as to the problem is that I had not driven the car for about 2 days. There is snow where I live so I think the engine was just cold. On that day, I drove immediately on a cold engine and accelerated a little to quick. My guess is that my turbo was too cold to be working at that pace, so it started shaking my engine. Im going to continue driving it and see if anything happens

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    Don't risk it. Take it in, let them examine it and see if any codes were thrown. It could be a major safety concern. Obviously don't tell them about the drifting.

    Story: I was working in an office that was facing a freeway. Literally as close to it as you could get legally. One day I was going to lunch and I opened the front door and I saw a car go flying off the embankment and wreck. Me and a co-worker ran over, hopped the fence and pulled this kid out.

    After he came to, he explained that he got a violent shake and then all the sudden the wheel came off and out of his hands, then the steering locked to the right and caused him to shoot across 3 lanes of high speed traffic and fly off the steep embankment. He's so lucky he wasn't impaled by the spline shaft.

    I'd hate to have you come back with a story like that involving yourself.
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    Whatever the reason is, have it towed. No need to take a chance.
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