Problem: Vibration together with a noise that sounds abrasive and destructive. Mechanics have failed me.
It feels like driving over the intense short rumble strips that are meant to tell you when a wheel is outside the traffic lane. I feel and hear it in any gear, whether I am moving or not, but hardly at all in Park or Neutral, and hardly at all when cruising at high speeds.
It is worst on the first drive of the day - much less on subsequent drives, even if the engine has been allowed to cool fully.
History: 1. When this began, less than 600 miles ago, I had the transmission checked, where I had warranty coverage. Found: No transmission trouble but a broken engine mount.
I had the engine mount replaced (and two gaskets replaced because they had started to leak), together with Virginia’s mandated annual inspection - passed.
Vibration lessened but continued and started to worsen. Within 3 days the engine stalled in traffic and THE NEXT DAY the “check engine” light came on. I went back to the same place. The ignition coil and spark plugs were replaced. Power returned, and no stalling or warning light, but the vibration persisted.
One mechanic baffled: “What do you expect with 101K mileage and 16 valves?” - But this came up too fast to be ordinary wear and tear. What should I do?
Further details:2.0L Zetec E engine.