You have a front wheel drive vehicle. It sounds like your motor mounts might be bad. I have ran across cars with the same problem. What happens is when the mounts get bad the engine will shift backwards cause a vibration noise on the exhaust pipe. Also I would check you front CV axles. The CV axle can cause vibration too. Ways to check yourself: Open hood, have someone start car, hold brake down, put into drive, now holding the brake thrust the gas pedal up and down. Watch the engine and see if it is moving a lot. If so bad motor mounts. To check the axles you can drive circles in a parking lot and see if you hear any clicking our feel vibration. Left and right.
I'm taking it in next week, I just want to get an "idea" of what the costs could be. I want to tell them specifically what to look for instead of given them a blank slate to pile on repairs that I might not need.
If your engine mountings are badly worn or split you usually get the power unit " kicking " when taking up the drive or changing gear ." CV axles " is not a term we use .I assume he is referring to the constant velocity joints on the driveshafts which will click on full lock if badly worn .You can also check by grasping joint and shaft and seeing if any excessive play .
Just watch with " I want to tell them specifically what to look for " .Mechanics can be touchy when customers tell them what a friend or someone on a forum told them could be the trouble and if you tie them down to certain limits ,often they wont look any further .Get an estimate before any work carried out if worried about them going overboard .
BTW, I was taking it to a dealer. Do you think I should pursue other less expensive places? I just always feel safer with a dealer. I don't know how complicated this repair is or if a place like STS could do it.
Dont know who STS is but if it's a tyre / exhaust centre and they are like the places over here , I wouldn't let them work on a bike , never mind my car .A good independant garage will do the repairs a lot cheaper than a dealer , just finding one nowadays can be hard .Not a major job fitting mountings IF that's the fault ..
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