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  • 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.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Toyota Tundra - Steering & Suspension - 12/19/2013
    Will any ford struts fit my truck.
    I need a set of struts for my Toyota. Will any ford models fit it.
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 12/6/2013
    Power steering leak repaired or total replacement?
    dealer said we have a slow power steering leak and can get by for the short term adding fluid. Is this something that can be repaired without replacing the entire power steering rack? If not, approximately how much are we talking?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/6/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Have to replace rack, not repair rack. Probably cost is around $750
      HouseCallAuto
      12/6/2013 HouseCallAuto
      parts and labor $750 I mean, at a shop, full retail price of parts.
  • mstritt4302
    mstritt4302 - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 12/4/2013
    Trying to diagnose car noise
    Hi, I have a 2003 Toyota Corolla. I guess this problem has been an ongoing, but just now heard of it from my daughter who drives the car. When turning the steering wheel (left or right), a very loud vibration noise is heard (like the tires are rubbing on ...
     
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  • mstritt4302
    mstritt4302 - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 12/4/2013
    Trying to diagnose car noise
    Hi, I have a 2003 Toyota Corolla. I guess this problem has been an ongoing, but just now heard of it from my daughter who drives the car. When turning the steering wheel (left or right), a very loud vibration noise is heard (like the tires are rubbing on ...
     
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  • nacho
    nacho - 1996 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 11/20/2013
    What cam bolts do you recommend?
    when i replaced the struts on my car i notice this bolts were worn searching online i found this bolts but they are different grade range(i dont know what that mean) witch of this bolts would be recommended for my car? since i see they are all different here is the ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The reason they are all different is because these bolts were made specifically for correcting camber that is out of range and these bolts allow the strut to be "tilted" to add or take away camber. I believe the bolts you want to replace are just straight bolts. if you want the same bolts I will tell you with 100% certainty that you will only get them from Toyota dealer parts dept special order. They are not general hardware. These bolts were made for this application only and I doubt that you would find them anyplace else. If you took your car in for alignment and the mechanic setting the alignment said that your camber was out of spec on the passenger sidevhe can buy the special bolts rockauto shows to correct it, but first you would have to know how out of spec the camber was or buying them is useless.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/20/2013 nacho
      my car has this type of bolts the thing is that i do not know what grade range should i get, since the mechanic would charge me $90 for the bolts i rather to get them online so ill save at least $50i was wonder if is there any way that i can know what range size are mine
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      There is no way you can know ahead of time. I owned and operated an alignment shop for 10 years. After you hook up cameras to the car and take readings is only when you know however, I would think that the old bolts that you want to replace have some identifying marks on them as to the range they are for???
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 11/18/2013
    What do you charge to mount and balance tires that are bought there?
    Had to ask this way since nobody will answer the phone at the store.
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Toyota Pickup - Steering & Suspension - 11/15/2013
    Are P225/75R15S tires safe to install on 1994 4x4 toyota pickup?
    the S was not present on the online order. Tires appear a bit thinner
     
    • bear.1216
      11/15/2013 bear.1216
      What is the OEM size that came on the vehicle. The correct size should be printed on a sticker on the drivers door jamb or in owners manual. If the size is the same should be fine. The width and height 225/75 are measure when installed on rim. May appear thinner when not aired up or depending on tread width. The 225 is measured at the widest part of the filled tire on the sidewall not the actual tread width. The P means it is rated for passenger vehicles. The R means it is steel belted radial tire. Some manufacturers include a speed rating or load rating in the size. The S at the end means standard load rating 2ply sidewall. This should be spelled out in fine print on the tire with the actual max pressure and load information. Speed rating would have the letter in the size before the R like P225/75ZR15 with Z being high speed rating. An S speed rating is up to 90 mph and is standard and not usually noted on tires. Your tires if correct size will be fine. The S at the end is just because this is common truck size with varying load ranges and helps to quickly choose between same size tires with different load ranges when looking at a rack full of tires.
  • mike
    mike - 2006 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2013
    Groaning sound from front passenger side suspension only at slow start
    50k all wheel drive. happens every time from a full stop,slow start. noticed it a few months ago.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Might be front wheel bearing. I have a client with an '06 Rav4 that has a bad wheel bearing right now that I have to replace
  • mike
    mike - 2006 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2013
    Groaning sound, front passenger side suspension only when slowly starting from a complete stop
    50k miles
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Toyota Solara - Steering & Suspension - 11/2/2013
    My Toyota dealer tells me both front struts are leaking fluid.
    I was under the impression these struts are gas filled? If this is the case, how could they be leaking hydraulic fluid? The car just turned 60M miles. It drives and rides as good as it did when new. Shouldn't these struts have lasted many more miles? What is ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The struts have both gas and hydraulic oil in them. Yes they may be leaking some oil, not that abnormal. You don't have to lose any sleep worrying about them. Change them if you want but if no complaints about the ride, skip it for now. Toyota dealer service departments all over tend do recc services to people that they would never do to their own vehicles, not just Toyota dealers, all dealers and all repair shops, well most anyway - don't think I'm overstepping saying that.