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Date registered: Apr 2011
Vehicle: 1981 300SD (Blackie) & 1981 300SD Veggie (Goldie)...and two bicycles just in case.
Location: Franklin, TN
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Engine shakes at idle...right after an oil change?
I'm new to the forum. And, well, new to cars again. Hadn't own one for a couple months. But bicycles are so high maintenance, thought I'd buy a few MBs instead.
Ok...for my first oil change, took it to a local Euro mechanic who also does a pretty thorough inspection/test drive to make sure the wheels aren't going to fall off and that there aren't unicorns poking holes in the exhaust and defecating in the filters.
No major problems. Sure, the rear axles look worn ($1812 fix...yikes...) and the front left tire has a little play in it ($600 for new upper arm and tie rod)...but, safe to drive for now.
I've only owned the car for a few days. No shaking at idle. Then, within a few hours of getting my oil changed...engine shakes at idle (starting the car, stop signs, stop lights, especially when attractive women are looking). Slip it into neutral and/or give it a little gas, shaking subsides.
1.) Coincidence? Or...related?
2.) Also, do you ever need to replace the engine mounts without needing to replace the engine shock/damper? What's the difference? And are either of those jobs DIY if I have a few jacks, tools, and can bench press like...100 lbs? I'm seeing that engine shock/damper kit is around...10x more expensive than engine mounts. But if they both need done, so be it.
Thanks for any help. I already love this forum. And power windows from the early 80s.