Classic "shuddering" bonneville problem
My bonny and i have been through a lot, but for the past year or so it has done the classic 'shuddering under load'. I dreaded the large cost of a rebuild on the transmission, (thus the putting it off) but i finally scrapped together the cash around christmas and took it to my transmission guy. He said that there was no way it was a transmission problem and i was more likely to find something write with the front end (alignment, tire balancing, from axels etc). This came as quite a relief to me. I took it to my local bell tire and had them do the high speed balancing, and they also noticed that my two front rims were bent and my right front axel was 'recommended' to be replaced.
I want some expert opinions here
Car has a gentle vibration all the time (i assume thats the wheels), but every once in a while (i'll say once every two weeks) i'll get in the car, start it and the SES light will come on. The SES light will stay on and the car will vibrate so horribly its difficult to drive. Usually once i turn off the car and let it sit (through school or work) it is fine when i come back to it (it just has the normal gentle vibration).
I know the canned solutions "regular maintenence... spark plugs wires... fuel filter... etc" i've done all that. I'm preparing to hunt down replacement rims as well as get the axel done, but if thats not whats causing my major problem than thats not what i want to do first.
Thanks for your help
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