What the clunk is wrong with my corolla?
October 16, 2007 12:07 PM Subscribe
[my old jalopy filter] What is my Corolla's clunking problem?
posted by mr. remy to travel & transportation (9 answers total)
So my dearly beloved car, a 1996 Toyota Corolla sedan, has been making some funny noises lately. Since I don’t know an engine manifold from a monkey’s uncle’s sister Aster, I thought I’d ask for some off-the-cuff diagnostics before bringing it into the shop. Let's play Car Talk.
Here are the symptoms:
1) When I start the car I get a few clunky-rattly sounds, like a shock cord repeatedly whapping against a metal bin.
2) When I try to accelerate from – say – 10 – 25 miles per hour I get the same clunky-rattly shock-cord whappy sound, and really poor performance. The whole car seems to shudder and lurch, and takes twice as long to reach the desired speed as it should.
3) Not sure if it’s related, but the whole car vibrates rather intensely when I’m idling at a light, even if I’m in park.
Thoughts? Ideas? How do I go about repairing this [X] without getting ripped off? Any good mechanics in Culver City?