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    WRX shaking at full stop.

    Yesterday I hopped in my car and went to the store. I didn't warm it up like I usually do, but then they say new cars don't need to be (except I find when it's really cold I can't shift).

    I get up the street at normal speeds (25 or so) and I'm at a light waiting and I notice the car is shaking back and forth. Like side to side, not front to back. I put it in neutral: same thing. I hit the gas a little and inch up, it still does it. I even noticed it while I was driving for a little bit, but then it went away.

    I have no idea what it is, but every time I go to Subaru they say there's nothing wrong with the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teikyo30 View Post
    Yesterday I hopped in my car and went to the store. I didn't warm it up like I usually do, but then they say new cars don't need to be (except I find when it's really cold I can't shift).

    I get up the street at normal speeds (25 or so) and I'm at a light waiting and I notice the car is shaking back and forth. Like side to side, not front to back. I put it in neutral: same thing. I hit the gas a little and inch up, it still does it. I even noticed it while I was driving for a little bit, but then it went away.

    I have no idea what it is, but every time I go to Subaru they say there's nothing wrong with the car.
    Two questions... Is the check engine light on? And has it done this since you bought the car?
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    No, this is totally new since I bought the car two years ago. The check engine light wasn't on yesterday when it was happening, but today while it was driving like a finely tuned machine the heck engine light came on. I have an appointment tomorrow to see why.

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    Need to hear about why the CEL went on before commenting.

    Is the car stock? How many miles? Any recent changes you've made?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teikyo30 View Post
    No, this is totally new since I bought the car two years ago. The check engine light wasn't on yesterday when it was happening, but today while it was driving like a finely tuned machine the heck engine light came on. I have an appointment tomorrow to see why.
    That might give you an idea, when you find out the code, post it, it might help with the diagnosis. I'm thinking a misfire
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    Need to hear about why the CEL went on before commenting.

    Is the car stock? How many miles? Any recent changes you've made?
    The car is stock (too poor to do anything about that), it's a 2008 with 50,400 miles on it. No recent changes to the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jd92677 View Post
    That might give you an idea, when you find out the code, post it, it might help with the diagnosis. I'm thinking a misfire
    How do you check what code it is? I don't have an access port or even a laptop to hook it up to.

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    Take to to autozone or any other auto shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgsimmang View Post
    Take to to autozone or any other auto shop.
    It's going to Subaru tomorrow. I was just curious if anyone knew what it might be. Someone mentioned it might be misfiring. Any idea why that would be?

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    It is time for a tune-up, it's never had one since I bought it at 8,000 miles. But I've gone to every free check up Subaru has had including the one in November and they always say it's fine, nothing wrong with it. So I'm not sure why it would ever need a tune up.

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    Is it still on original plugs? That could be a cause. At 50k miles they could be starting to go. Or they could be ok. I'd replace them at that kind of mileage.

    Any autozone or local place will read the codes for free. Again, without knowing that, could be anything. Bad coilpack, spark plug wire, or any number of things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teikyo30 View Post
    It is time for a tune-up, it's never had one since I bought it at 8,000 miles. But I've gone to every free check up Subaru has had including the one in November and they always say it's fine, nothing wrong with it. So I'm not sure why it would ever need a tune up.
    That free check rarely includes pulling spark plugs, they probably figure if it isn't misfiring, they're OK
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    My 03 wrx shakes too never threw a code or anything of that nature, drives fine, and is stock sadly enough
    Autozone will probably say its an O2 sensor lol; but my buddy says it feels like a misfire and that would throw a code for sure if there was. i just assumed it was a subaru thing. I did a tune up on it my self but it would shake before i did the tune up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobaru03 View Post
    My 03 wrx shakes too never threw a code or anything of that nature, drives fine, and is stock sadly enough
    Autozone will probably say its an O2 sensor lol; but my buddy says it feels like a misfire and that would throw a code for sure if there was. i just assumed it was a subaru thing. I did a tune up on it my self but it would shake before i did the tune up.
    Boxer engines shake at idle, it's the nature of the beast and is totally normal. If it's excessive, it needs to be addressed.
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    Once again when I went to Subaru they couldn't find a thing wrong with it. The computer didn't give any code so the were baffled as to what it was. Wasn't the gas cap in case you're wondering. They cleared the code, but while I was there I did the PCV, which was funny because they snapped a bolt getting the intercooler off and I wound up waiting 3 hours while they fixed it. They did tell me my back brakes are completely worn, and showed them to me, but I know a shop that will do it a lot cheaper than Subaru and my car is stopping just fine (I engine brake as much as I can before using my regular brakes). My tires are also pretty worn, but between the two things that could be close to $1,000 so that will have to wait for another day.

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