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January 12th, 2009, 12:06 AM   #1  
Car is tugging/shaking/jerking at high speeds?

Just curious if anyone else has had this problem. Please excuse my lack of car knowledge if I get any of this wrong..

I have an impala (2000).

Car is jerking/tugging intermittently at highway speeds, but sometimes at lower speeds (usually around 20-25mph and sometimes 40mph). When cruise control is set around 60-70 the car almost always shakes. For some reason, the shaking isnít as bad at 75+ MPH.

Immediately after I let off on the accelerator (on the highway) the car shakes and hesitates a little. When EGR valve is unplugged almost all tugging and shaking goes away.

My car has been doing this for about a year now - on and off. Iíve left the EGR valve unplugged for months at a time. Had the spark plugs and coils (I think?) replaced in march of í08.

 
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January 22nd, 2009, 11:38 AM   #2  
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if you've unplugged the egr valve and the shaking/tugging went away then i think you just answered your own question. replace the egr valve. either that or get your catalytic converter checked. the converters on the impalas have a tendency to go bad.

 
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January 22nd, 2009, 4:57 PM   #3  
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I've read similar symtoms related to the throttle position sensor. When it starts to go, it doesn't know what you are doing with the gas petal. You might consider that.

 
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February 11th, 2009, 9:49 PM   #4  
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Clogged cat? I agree with milwaukee

 
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February 24th, 2009, 7:04 PM   #5  
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is the check engine light on? if cat convertors are bad, check engine light will come on and throw code p0430.

 
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February 26th, 2009, 9:47 AM   #6  
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psthereal  is the check engine light on? if cat convertors are bad, check engine light will come on and throw code p0430.
A stopped up converter does not throw a code. However, you won't go very fast very far if it is stopped up so that doesn't sound like the problem.

 
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March 7th, 2009, 12:55 PM   #7  
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Go to a salvage yard an buy a used EGR, clean it and try it. If that is it (which it probably is) either use the junk unit or go buy a new one. Sometimes ya just gotta use common sense and not depend strictly on computers to do your thinkin' for you. (LOL) Hell, mechanician can be fun!!

 
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