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Prius Shutters crusing 20-35mph

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Main Forum' started by Worldbuyer, May 9, 2012.

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  1. Worldbuyer

    Worldbuyer New Member

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    Anyone have this problem? 2006 Prius just started "shuttering" "jumping" "jiggling" when I'm crusing between 20-35mph, doesn't do it at take off or on the freeway at high speeds. Any help?
    thx,
  2. nh7o

    nh7o Off grid since 1980

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    Have the front end checked for tire balance, and suspension and steering linkage integrity. Every vehicle that I have had, that shuddered at ~2 wiggles per second or more at ~30-35mph, was due to beat up ball joints.

    Could be a wobbly tire due to tread damage. Jacking up the front end and lifting, spinning, or wiggling things around a bit should point to some looseness.
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  3. seilerts

    seilerts Battery Curmudgeon

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    +1, check tire first.

    How many miles?
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  4. Worldbuyer

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    Thanks guys. 62,000 miles on it. Seems to do it when the gas engine starts up around 25mph, I know there is always some jerking but this is excessive. Took it to the dealership, they said no codes came up to indicate anything was wrong. I'll check the tires.....
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    Also check if the throttle plate needs a cleaning.

    JeffD
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  7. Vege-Taco

    Vege-Taco Junior Member

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    Wheel lost a weight?
    Loose lug nut(s)?
    Worn/missing motor mount?
    Mud stuck in wheel(s)?
    Bubbled tire?
  8. Worldbuyer

    Worldbuyer New Member

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    FIXED!!! After months of various opinions by mechanics, and my trying to explain that it shudders, jerks, slips, crackles, is bumpy, skips... the engine light came on yesterday. I decided not to take it to the dealership where some 23yr old just out of school will look in the manual, I took it to Bill Smith car in Solana Beach, CA for a fresh look by someone. The service guy Fred pluged it in and said the 4th clyinder is misfiring. He said 96% of the time it's the coil, he ordered a coil and a spark plug (just for good measure), he had the part within an hour ($56 from him, $104 if I got it from the dealer), 30 minutes later I had an oil change, replaced the coil & spark plug and after months of dreading getting in my car I once again love my Prius. Whewwwww, was really afraid it was the transmission or engine failure. thank you for everyones input!
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  9. dhanson865

    dhanson865 Expert and Devil's advocate

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    So did you look at the old spark plug?

    Do we know it was the coil?

    Either way thanks for letting us know you got it fixed, nice to know a semi serious issue can be fixed for under $100.
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