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  • Arbuta Farmer
    Arbuta Farmer - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 47 minutes ago
    Why does the steering seem to shake?
    Sometimes the steering shakes so that the whole car seems to shake.
     
    • AutoMD Member
      47 minutes ago 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.
  • 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.
      Jimm
      4/9/2014 AutoMD Member
      dear jim, apologies for this overdue reply. first mech diagnosed as bad rear shocks. replaced both to brand new Tokico shocks and horse-riding feel vanished. sadly within 2 weeks it came back. second mech told me shocks were imitations and should get original toyota kyb shocks. got it replaced and after two weeks prob came back. next they told me the wheel and tyre were not stock. they offered to trade my wheel 215/55/17 with their 205/65/16. effects felt only for a week. now they are stumped.
      Jimm
      4/9/2014 AutoMD Member
      Sorry, after replacing rear shocks i had the front ones changed as well to the same toyota kyb type. no difference in ride feel thats why i had the tyres changed. they also did a complete undercarriage check and reported that all bushings, joints, rods, coils etc were in good shape. no freeplay.
  • 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.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 3/25/2014
    Not normal tire noise when driving. Car is loud
    I was told it was the front left wheel bearing. Tires sound noisy the whole time I'm driving.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Yes, the bad bearing sounds like it is a correct diagnosis.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 3/21/2014
    Power steering pump issues
    Power steering works well above25 mph but under 25 mph doesn't work at all. Just replaced pump also
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Did replacing the pump change anything or it remained the same? If you rev the engine with the car sitting still does the power steering begin to work or no?
    • AutoMD Member
      3/21/2014 AutoMD Member
      This occurred with a new pump in place. I have not tried to rev the engine and ck to see if it works.
  • Miguel
    Miguel - 2004 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 3/17/2014
    Why the steering get hard after I change out the water pump ?
    It's was working fine until I changed out water pump out for a 2004 Toyota corolla
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/17/2014 HouseCallAuto
      There is no relationship between the water pump and the power steering except for the belt that turns the power steering pump. Maybe something with the belt routing?
      HouseCallAuto
      3/18/2014 Miguel
      Thank you
  • Dan
    Dan - 2012 Toyota Highlander - Steering & Suspension - 3/9/2014
    New steering shaft. Grease is gone or insufficient.
    vehicle has many small minor problems, but the latest is knocking in steering wheel when turning. Dealer says it needs a new steering shaft.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I assume that the dealer did not offer to fix it under warranty or you would have said. I would make whatever calls needed to corporate Toyota to get this taken care of under warranty. Unacceptable fault in a vehicle 2 years old
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 2/18/2014
    Why, when in park and the car on, I turn the steering wheel left or right and the idle goes up
    Just had a turn up and nothing was mentioned of any problem
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/18/2014 HouseCallAuto
      This is normal. There is a power steering switch that senses the increased pressure when turning the wheel from a pressure sensor that is threaded into the high pressure hose usually and its job is to increase the idle slightly to make up for the added load from the power steering so as to keep the idle speed from dropping too low during turning maneuvers.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Toyota Prius - Steering & Suspension - 2/13/2014
    How necessary is it to replace a broken strut and mount on the front left (driver's side)? the car drives fine.
    the car has ~120,000 miles. is in great shape otherwise. just had new front brakes put on. the car runs fine. a mechanic said it would be ok "if you don't mind the noise." is this safe?
     
    • fazio auto
      2/12/2014 fazio auto
      It is very important as the strut affects the steering and suspension of the vehicle. A broken strut affects the way the tire meets the road which can give you poor handling, adding to the problem of poor handling it can give you excessive and uneven tire wear.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/12/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Nobody will rubber stamp this as OK. If your state has an annual safety inspection this would certainly fail.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/12/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thank you, Joe
    • fazio auto
      2/13/2014 fazio auto
      In my opinion I believe that your mechanic gave you bad advice. Safety becomes an issue at higher speeds, in other words, if you were on the freeway doing 70 miles an hour and had to swerve to avoid an accident the compromised strut could enhance your chances of a roll over accident. This is by far the worst case scenario but it could happen. It just isn't worth taking that kind of chance. On the other hand if you don't do any high speed driving then it is not a safety issue. It will affect tire wear no matter what speed you are traveling at.
    • Bill
      2/13/2014 Bill
      get it repaired Joe
  • r8chaelc0rrine
    r8chaelc0rrine - 1998 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 2/13/2014
    I hear a creaking in the front driver side when I turn or hit a bump in the road.
    It has had lower ball joint issues. The tire has folded twice already on that side. I'm thinking maybe it has something to do with the tie rod, the stabilizer bar, or the upper control arm?
     
    • Jimm
      2/13/2014 Jimm
      You are correct; the issue is with the front suspension - faulty / worn control arm, front strut mount (either upper or lower), worn front strut. As a first step, raise and support the front end (wheels off the ground) to inspect the front end and suspension components. If the front struts are replaced - be sure to always replace them in pairs - for safety sake.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front strut assembly (strut and coil spring) from around $54.00 each for your vehicle.
  • r8chaelc0rrine
    r8chaelc0rrine - 1998 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 2/13/2014
    I am hearing a creaking noise on the front driver side,.
    It has had the wheel fold twice on that side due to lower ball joint issues. The creaking is at its worse when I'm turning or hitting a bump in the road, but it even creaks when I'm getting in or out of the truck.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/13/2014 HouseCallAuto
      One of the joints that is affected directly by up / down jounce of the suspension is dry / frozen / worn out. This is typically a bad ball joint creak noise. be patient and in addition to listening for this creak, feel for it with your hand by touching all the different suspension points while one of your stockier / heaviest friends jounces the suspension or just gets in and out if the truck - whatever you need to get it to make noise. identify the origin that way. You have already eliminated many things by knowing that the truck need not be rolling at all to hear it. Just getting out of the truck you said you can hear it. That reeks of bad ball joint or frozen ball joint or control arm bushing, even a frozen stabilizer bar link can be frozen on one end and creak.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 2/7/2014
    Why does my car have a grinding sound when I accelerate from a stop and make a right turn
    1. 100,000 miles 2. when the vehicle is cold on a right or left turn when accelerating from a stop. The problem occurs when cold and stops after driving for awhile. I hear the grinding or creaking sound coming from the front axle ?? No check engine light ever.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/6/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You need to replace the right front axle, simple as that. You may even see the outer CV boot torn.
    • Jimm
      2/7/2014 Jimm
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front CV axle assembly; right side - from around $48.00 for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 2/1/2014
    Why wont my car start
    i get lights so its not battery or alternator i tightened cables for battery i replaced column the igniton switch was faulty but it still wont turn over click or anything. My mechanic said you can feel the difference in the ignition switch. It wont shift out of ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/1/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Your car may have an alarm - not all Camrys had these alarms. Try using your key and unlock the passenger side door with the key in the door key cylinder and see if the car will now start.
 
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