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  • Roby
    Roby - 2009 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 10/17/2014
    When applying brake, there is a shivering experienced on the steering.
    This is more frequently noticed when I apply the brakes at speeds above 70km per hour. I changed the brake pads and put in all new tires.....but the problem persists.
    • baldwin smith
      10/17/2014 baldwin smith
      There are common problems that cause your steering wheel to shake when you apply the brakes. In order from least expensive to most, they are: dry guide pins, worn brake pads, and worn rotors.

      It’s generally recommended if you replace the rotors, you replace the brakes, and grease the guide pins. Or if you’re just replacing the brakes, you also grease the guide pins. Now, if your brakes are still good, you could just grease the guide pins. Most of this can be done with a basic set of tools. Replacing rotors, however, is a little more involved. In either case, this if what it takes to get the job done.

      More info,you can check here:
  • Judy
    Judy - 2002 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/1/2014
    When turning my steering wheel, to the left or right from a dead stop i have a whining noise
    coming from my steering wheel. I was told there is a u-joint to grease that is underneath the steering column, if not there where else would there be one to possibly grease to make the whining noise go away
    0 answer
  • Varocketry
    Varocketry - 2001 Toyota Sequoia - Steering & Suspension - 8/19/2014
    Why does your site only provide FRONT AXLE SEAL options and doesn't even show rear axle options.? There are a number of
    problems with the methodology of your site and the answers it provides. Just missing whole parts such as this issue.
    • Jimm
      8/19/2014 Jimm
      Can you be more specific - which options or repair aspect on the AutoMD website are you referring to?

      If you are referring to the 'How-To-Guides' recognize these are volunteer and amateur videos - and photos - so not every detail needed for your particular repair task may be included.

      You may also research the following website for more repair information;
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 8/10/2014
    I have a 2003 Camry SE. The ride has always been a little too firm for me compared to the LE or XLE.
    I am replacing the struts. Would complete struts (with springs aready loaded) such as aftermarket Unity Part # 4-11701-15341-001 designed for Camry and Lexus fit on my SE? I am hoping this would give my SE the XLE type of ride.
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 8/5/2014
    Why are all the lights on the dash lit up
    Battery light on,,,brake light on...ABS light on...power steering gone all of a sudden these things happened this morning what can be wrong? Thank you for any help you can give to get to work tomorrow.
    0 answer
  • aazknp687
    aazknp687 - 2014 Toyota Prius V - Steering & Suspension - 7/13/2014
    Front panel controle
    Understanding front operation panel
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 7/13/2014
    Not sure why my car is pulling
    Car has been pulling slightly to the right, not a dangerous amount but just enough for me to have to counterbalance it while driving. I've had an alignment done, changed the tires, new axle and still stumped
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 7/13/2014
    Not sure why my car is pulling
    Car has been pulling slightly to the right, not a dangerous amount but just enough for me to have to counterbalance it while driving. I've had an alignment done, changed the tires, new axle and still stumped
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota Celica - Steering & Suspension - 7/10/2014
    Switching from 18x7.5 inch rims to 18x8 inch rims
    I hit a pot hole and busted two rims on passenger side. Im buying new rims and just need two rims to get the car home then put the matching two new rims on the other side. will have 2 18x7.5 and 2 18x8 be bad for the car
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Toyota Solara - Steering & Suspension - 6/24/2014
    Car shakes over 35mph and when slowing down even without breaking after replacing several parts, any suggestions?
    New tires wore down after 3 months and I replaced them last week. Both upper and lower control arms have been replaced as well as the strut stabilizer and had the front end realigned. The shaking will cause the lug nuts to loosen on the driver side wheel after a ...
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 5/27/2014
    Does Toyota intend on releasing a frame recall on the 4-runner?
    2000 4-runner rusted frames are really starting to become a problem. Does Toyota plan on fixing the problem? Does anybody have a answer?
    • Jimm
      5/27/2014 Jimm
      Check with the manufacturer; Toyota - and the local dealership organization as the first steps.
  • john wilson
    john wilson - 1998 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 5/25/2014
    Leaking power steering fluid
    leaking fluid on left front seems to be coming out of axle boot,have to fill fluid daily sometimes twiced ,still leaks when car is stopped and shut off.
    0 answer
  • Arbuta Farmer
    Arbuta Farmer - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 4/16/2014
    Why does the steering seem to shake?
    Sometimes the steering shakes so that the whole car seems to shake.
    • AutoMD Member
      4/16/2014 AutoMD Member
      I would get that repaired ASAP. Impossible to say exactly what's wrong without an inspection, but your is warning you that there is a serious problem...don't ignore problems like this; tie-rods, ball joints, etc., are all suspension parts and could be the cause...if they fail, you could lose control of the car or do a lot of damage creating a much larger repair bill than if you get the car in while the problem is still just a "shake"....seriously, get it into a shop.
  • mike
    mike - 2000 Toyota Tundra - Steering & Suspension - 3/28/2014
    Will after market camber kit help me to obtain an alignment,
    189999 miles, new control arms lower, new balljoints gotten 3 unsuccessful wheel alignments, i was told my cambers were max out , they cant get anymore out off them, maybe the truck has wrecked, i'm not sure bought used in 2006, but ...
    • Jimm
      3/28/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - what are the specific alignment results; both left and right sides - for the camber, caster and toe? What is the specific camber alignment - best case for the front wheels; left and right sides?

      Also, what is the explanation provided by the wheel alignment shops regarding why the camber cannot be obtained? Need to know these answers before spending money on an aftermarket camber kit.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/28/2014 HouseCallAuto
      yes, it sounds like this shop knows what thney are doing. I owned and operated an alignment shop for 10 years and dealt with this issue often. It does not mean the truck was wrecked. If the truck is a 2WD model on some vehicles chassis height affects camber directly. Sometimes sagged springs causing low front chassis height sends camber negative but I would do as he says. It is rare to hear about someone caring enough about alignment settings and then making a plan to solve it. he is a good alignment guy.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 3/28/2014
    Car feels like riding a horse
    My car doesnt feel stable at all even on slow speeds on proper roads. it feels like youre riding a horse i.e: light jolts after every wheel turn. better example would be the car feels like its running over the yellow speed breakers all the time. ive replaced all ...
    • Jimm
      3/28/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - what type and brand are the four shocks and struts? Were the coil springs also replaced? How recent / how many miles on the new struts or shocks? Were any other suspension components replaced? Any bushings or shock / strut mounts found to be worn?

      Generally, the new shocks / struts combined with oversize (non-stock) wheels and tires will affect the ride quality. Any aftermarket tire and wheel combination with larger diameter from the stock size (215-60 R16) - especially with a lower profile and stiffer sidewall with provide a more harsh ride feel.