I recently just bought this explorer, and while I was test driving it, I never experienced the problem, but once in a while, the vehicle will shake when taking off from a stop, then goes away second or two later. I just put new tires on it, and it was doing this problem before that.

Any ideas? One friend said could be rear end (or rear differential?) going out, and another friend told me could be rotted engine mounts.

edit; When the vehicle shakes it similar in a manual vehicle how you let off the clutch too much but not put enough gas down without killing it.

  • What transmission/engine? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 13 '16 at 9:37
  • 4.0L and its auto transmission A4LD. I have heard things about the auto transmission.. – andyADD Mar 13 '16 at 9:43
  • How often is once in awhile? Can you pinpoint anything you are doing differently when this happens? I doubt it's either of the things you suggested from your description thus far. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 13 '16 at 9:46
  • Well I was only driving for about 10 min, and it only shook once. I could've been going quicker on take off, other than that I can't really pinpoint what else I was doing. It does it randomly whether im on flat roads or semi inclined roads. This may help. If it doesn't shake it makes a grinding noise, and then goes away (this happens 95% of the time on take offs) – andyADD Mar 13 '16 at 15:41
  • What is "it"? What makes the grinding noise? What direction (in the car) does the noise come from? Is it a deep grinding noise or a high pitched grinding noise? Anything else you can tell us? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 13 '16 at 16:32

I just got a 1998 Explorer and it had the same problem. Mine was the upper control arm bushings on both sides. Not to hard to change and not to much money either. That fixed mine. Could also be a weak power steering pump or loose belt. Good luck.

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