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1993 Toyota Corolla Growling and Vibrating

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Nov 20, 2012, 10:47 PM

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We have a 1993 Toyota Corolla with a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine and front wheel drive. For the last few weeks, the car has been making a growling noise at the front end and vibrates quite a bit under the following conditions: particularly when it is cold in reverse while backing out of the garage; to a lesser extent when it is warm in drive when accelerating from a stop sign; the growling noise and vibration also appears when decelerating just after releasing the gas pedal. Is it time to start thinking about a new car? Otherwise, the car is in great shape and has been properly maintained for almost 20 years.

We have already repaired a loose air deflector underneath the car and replaced a leaking vacuum hose. The growling and vibration problem has only improved slightly after these repairs.

Thank you for your help!

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Nov 20, 2012, 11:35 PM

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It sounds like it could be a bad hub bearing but would have to be examined to be sure. If that's what it ends up being it shouldn't be too expensive of a fix. I'd say if the rest of the car is in good shape then there's no reason to start looking for a new car. With it being almost 20 years old you're going to have to replace a part here and there. Sounds like you've taken very good care of the car. Who knows, maybe you'll get another 20 years out of it!

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Nov 21, 2012, 2:38 AM

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Without hearing this noise or feeling the vibration, it could be anything from a wheel bearing like what MarineGrunt has suggested. But the “could be’s” are almost endless; like an engine mount that has sagged or broken and is transferring the engine’s normal vibrations to the body of the vehicle. Exhaust heat shield that has come away from its fasteners and is vibrating at certain rpm and temperature; anything?
It shouldn’t take much for a shop to diagnose this for you and that’s what I’m suggesting for you to do. This could be a safety related issue like a wheel bearing and should be addressed as soon as possible. Even if it’s not a safety item; at least you’ll know and then decide how you or the shop are going to fix it.


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