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  • 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.
  • 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 ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2007 Toyota Yaris - Steering & Suspension - 1/31/2014
    Why does my car engine trembles when idling? When driving I sometimes hear a squeaking sound?
    It started sometime after the vehicle went into a pothole. I have changed the lower arms and the problem still continues.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/31/2014 HouseCallAuto
      A bad engine mount can allow the engine vibration to be transmitted into the body of the car giving you that trembling complaint, may have nothing to do with the front suspension.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/18/2014
    Struts needed replace?
    I have 75000 miles on my Camry and when I got new tires they told me my struts were leaking and needed to be replaced. Is this normal for Toyota at this milage. Always had Toyotas and this is the first I have heard about replacing struts
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/16/2014 HouseCallAuto
      No its not normal but because struts are one of the most oversold items I would get a second opinion and even then I would not rush to do this job. A slight seepage of hydraulic oil don't hurt anything. If the car does not seem to handle any differently than you recall I would leave them alone and not worry about the statements they said about your struts. The statements are likely to be embellished to create a sense of urgency for you to have them do this ?$ job.
    • John's Auto Repair
      1/18/2014 John's Auto Repair
      I bet you went to one of those auto repair chains. HouseCall is right on once again.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/9/2014
    Why when I hit a bump on the road the rear of my car goes right to left or vise versa?
    The car has 180,000 miles. The car has no lights, new tires. I feel like the back of my car dances every time I hit a bump on the road. Or when I drive over a bridge’s joints.
     
    • AutoMD Member
      1/9/2014 AutoMD Member
      check the shock absorbers & suspension parts bushings. have alignment checked. also, have someone drive the car and follow behind them to observe the action. maybe "dog tracking" (rear wheels not inline w/front wheels.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/9/2014
    Why when I hit a bump on the road the rear of my car goes right to left or vise versa?
    the car has 180,000 miles. It feels like its the rear of the car is dancing everytime I hit or run over a bump in the road or bridge joints.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/9/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Broken rear spring, broken sway bar link, frozen strut. The cause should be obvious to a mechanic looking at the rear suspension
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 1/2/2014
    What does AVS mean and it looks like the traction light is on?
    The traction light and the engine light are on at all times, even though the car rides well. When you turn the steering wheel it makes sounds, like cricketing.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      For the noises you hear in the steering, Toyota vehicles are known for the universal joint becoming frozen and causing noise and a "binding feeling" at the same spot when the steering wheel is turned. As far as the AVS I have no idea about those 3 letters meaning something for an Avalon. I just looked at an exploded view of the instrument panel on an '06 Avalon and the only three letters I see which is between the driver seat belt warning light and the ABS warning light is VSC (Vehicle Stability Control). There are fault codes stored in the ABS control module which will inform about what went wrong and assist in a diagnosis. A professional scan tool is needed to access these codes.
  • bassim
    bassim - 2012 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 12/25/2013
    Click from power steering
    Click sound from steering wheel it is faint not always present when I turn right onlys
     
    • Jimm
      12/25/2013 Jimm
      Maybe related to the u-joint in the intermediate steering shaft. If still under the vehicle warranty, take to the nearest delearship for a complete inspection.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota Tundra - Steering & Suspension - 12/20/2013
    Are any ford truck struts compatible with my truck.
    I need struts for my Toyota Tundra. Are there any ford model trucks whose struts will fit.
     
    • Jimm
      12/20/2013 Jimm
      No, there are no Ford struts that interchange with Toyota struts. The parts are readily available; try these 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 assemblies from around $29.00 (each side; left or right) and the rear shock absorbers from around $26.00 each for your vehicle.
 
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