Car: 2004 Mini Cooper, 103k miles
Area: Northern New England
Issue 1: car shake
- At about 70 mph the whole car (pedals, steering wheel, seats) has a shimmy. Car has 4 new (balanced) tires and the front wheel bearings have been replaced. I’ve been told possibly motor mounts but at 120$/hr labour and hour drive to the garage, going on a wild goose chase for what this could be is not what I want to spend my time doing. Any thoughts?
Issue 2: clunky sound
- I live in New England and so we have the requisite pockmarked roads. When the car is cold there is a sound of something loose in the back end. Nothing has been found to be loose but the sound is… annoying. I’ve checked the spare tire and it is secure. Any thoughts on what that could be?
Issue 3: violent wheel shake
- Not exactly the most replicable of issues. Started a year ago in June - three times total now. When traveling at higher speed (65 plus) for longer times (75 min or more) when I’m not accelerating the steering wheel grabs and pulls to the right. It almost feels like the brakes are grabbing on one side but there’s no noticeable wear on the brake pads. It takes quite a bit of strength to hold the wheel straight and when I accelerate, it dissipates. What could that be?
Ok there’s a lot of questions. And before anyone goes telling me to get a new car, it’s not going to happen. He makes me happy.