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  • Geo
     
    • Pave Low
      9/29/2010 Pave Low
      Rattling? because more often than not rattling is caused by loose exhaust components. You are sure its not a thump or a knock or whatever?

      http://www.automd.com/diagnose/problems
    • Oxides
      9/29/2010 Oxides
      quite often this is either the sway bar links or the strut tops worn out.
    • Jay Austen
      11/22/2010 Jay Austen
      My 2002 Avalon had the same problem. It was worn strut mount brackets.
  • BLynch
    BLynch - 2005 Toyota Solara - Steering & Suspension - 11/22/2010
    Could a bad idle control arm cause a car to veer to the left? The dealership said it was properly aligned.
    Just replaced 4 new tires (Bridgestone Turanza EL400) and got an alignment and then found my car started veering to the left only slightly but enough to bother my left arm when I have to keep pulling it back. Someone told me it could be that the old tires were worn ...
     
    • Jay Austen
      11/22/2010 Jay Austen
      This may sound odd, but I had a similar problem with a 1997 Tacoma from the day I purchased it brand new. Except mine pulled to the right. Took it back several times to the dealer to check the front end alignment and wheel balance. Every checked out ok, but the problem persisted. As I was driving one day, the front hubcap came off. The problem was solved. The hubcap was throwing the balance off. Every sicne, it has driven straight and true.
  • Linda
    Linda - 2007 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 11/13/2010
    2007 Rav 4 needs new tie rod. What does this repair entail?
    Upon research the mechanic said that 2007 Toyota Rav 4 does not have just a tie rod part. Per Toyota you need to replace the rack with an estimated 18 1/2 hr repair plus the rack. This puts the estimate over 2500.00? Any thoughts ?
     
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  • CHARLES BROWN
    CHARLES BROWN - 1998 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 11/13/2010
    How many parts is there to the front tie rod and should you replace both right and left at the same time
     
    • Batman
      11/13/2010 Batman
      Generally, because I haven't seen your car, generally tie rods are an easy fix. It is , however, very important to mark the threaded portion of the steering rack where the tie-rods are attached now so that when you put on the new ones your alignment won't suffer terribly. You may also want to invest in a pickle fork, or ball joint splitter to seperate the knuckle from the spindle. Yes, it's a good idea to do both at the same time.
  • Flytrouter
    Flytrouter - 1994 Toyota Pickup - Steering & Suspension - 11/13/2010
    Drawing(s) power steering pump, exploded view showing connectins
     
    • CVO
      11/13/2010 CVO
      Autozone.com has the procedures "How to remove and install the power steering pump". Login_year of the car_enter"power steering pump" in the product search box, click on the vehicule repair guides. Hope this helps and be safe.
  • kel
    kel - 2006 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 11/8/2010
    Why does my car hum at higher speeds?
    There is this loud humming noise coming from my tires, but only when I do 50mph or higher. I doesn't do it all the time. I had the tires rotated, balance and aligned and the humming still continues. Just had new tires put on almost a week ago and the humming still ...
     
    • MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      11/8/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      I suspect the tire pressure is low. Check the tires of what proper air pressure must be put on. This always happens during 40-50mph driving or higher speed.
  • Bill Chase
    Bill Chase - 1991 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 11/7/2010
    How to replace power steering pump
     
    • CVO
      11/7/2010 CVO
      Autozone.com has the procs and the pics of this project. Login_year of the car_enter"water pump" in the product search box, click on the vehicule repair guides.
      This is a tip.
      Rotate the crankshaft pulley and the camshaft sprocket to align with their marks, verify the cylinder piston # 1 is at TOP DEAD CENTER prior to remove the timing belt.
      Replace the old timing belt as well. Make a sketching " how the timing belt was routed into the sprockets".Tag any hoses prior to disconnect, in order to avoid the confusion when you put it back.
      Hope this helps and be safe.
  • lescoboy
    lescoboy - 2010 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 11/7/2010
    Steering angles measurements or calculations
    steering angles measurements or calculations -adjustments of brakes only -cold -driving and when stopped -all the time -last week -the tyres wears on on side and when driving the vehicle goes on one side -no
     
    • CVO
      10/30/2010 CVO
      2010 still has factory warranty, so let the dealer figure it out and keep us posted! Hope this helps.
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      CVO
      10/31/2010 lescoboy
      yes but please help me with this

      please if you can give me the formula to calculate the wheel base when the track width is being given as [25meters] and both the inner and outer steering wheel angles are being given as [ 23 degrees and 21.5 degrees respectively ] then the point from the I C R to the center of the vehicle is 7.2 meters please if you can help me with the calculation , i will be very happy of that please . calculation of wheel base
    • CVO
      11/7/2010 CVO
      Sorry, i don't have the formula, but the tire size.The P-metric tire is the tire identification system using metric values and international standards. Per example P 155/80 R-13
      P indicates passenger car tire.
      155, gives section width in millimeters.
      80, is the height-to-width ratio.
      R, indicates radial (B means bias belted, D means bias ply)
      13, shows the rim diameter in inches.
  • randy henderson
    randy henderson - 1986 Toyota Land Cruiser - Steering & Suspension - 11/5/2010
    New power steering pump loud sounds like it is low on fluid but it is not did i get a bad rebuilt pump from napa
    pump not very loud at idle but very loud under load or at full lock
     
    • CVO
      11/5/2010 CVO
      Power steering pump is like just the brake systems.It does require to bleed and remove the trapped air. Hope this helps and be safe.
  • mad dog
    mad dog - 1993 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 11/5/2010
    Fixing a leakng power steering pump
     
    • CVO
      11/5/2010 CVO
      Autozone.com has the procedures for the project. Login_year of the car_enter" power steering pump" in the product search box and click on the vehicule repair guides. Hope this helps and be safe.
  • KARL  ROUNDTREE
    KARL ROUNDTREE - 1990 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2010
    240 k miles struts all bad do i need to replace springs also?
     
    • HKS Guy
      11/4/2010 HKS Guy
      Nah, didnt do it in my car and its running fine. Although if i had extra cash i couldve done both. But i put more priority to the shock abosrbers than the springs.
  • stevebtnt
    stevebtnt - 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2010
    How hard is it to replace the front wheel seals on these Land Cruisers?
    207,000 miles There is heavy build up of grease on the outside of the ball and if it the trucks sits in a spot for too long it will actually leave a mark on the ground where it has leaked. Im ok with working on the bolt on parts but this concerns me since it is ...
     
    • HKS Guy
      11/4/2010 HKS Guy
      Its quite challenging for me

      Im sure you already know the first part which is jacking the car up, removing the wheel, remove the brake calipers.

      Remove the grease cap and cotterpin and lock nut. Just look for the size of the correct socket wrench.

      Remove the hub and the disc together with the outer bearing and thrust washer. Please do not drop the outer bearing

      Use a small prying tool to remove the inner bearing seal. Once its out remove the bearing from the hub

      Place all bearings and nuts, caps in to a container with a cleansing solvent. Its important that they are clean as a whitsle.

      Packing:

      Pack the wheel bearings with grease. There is a special tool to apply bearings to these things but i prefer using my hand. (I love feeling greasy every once in a while)

      Put a large dab off grease on your hand (Yeah!!! thats what im talking about) and push trhough the bearing with a sliding motion. The grease must be forces through the side of the bearing in between each roller. COntinue to grease until they ooze out. The bearing must have grease as if there is no tommorow.

      Coat the inside of the hub and cap with grease, but do not pack it solid. Remember the spindel has to pass through it.

      Install:

      Clean the spindle, then coat with a very light layer of grease (Boo hoo just a light smear of grease)
      Install the inner bearintg onto the race. Use a seal driver of the correct diameter to install the new grease over the bearing.

      Place the hub and disc onto the spindle. Install the outer bearing and the flat thrust washer

      Install the lock nut and use a torque wrench to adjust the nut 25 ft lbs

      Turn the hub in each direction several times to seat and snug the bearing, Loosen the lock nut until it can be turned by hand without the wrench. Dont loosen it anymore than necessary to be finger loose.

      Use a pring tension scale to measure the force needed to turn the hub. Record the number

      Tighten the nut until the force required to turn the hub is

      For single wheel 1.3-4 lbs
      Dual rear wheel 0.9 - 2.2 lbs

      instal the lock nut, cotter pin and grease cap.

      Install brake pads, wheels lug nuts.


      ......oh i almost forgot, bring your car back down on the road



  • mvlfurnishings
    mvlfurnishings - 1997 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 11/4/2010
    Power Steering Whine
    I changed my power steering pump about 6 months ago and it has whined intermittently ever since. I thought I might have a defective pump so I changed it again to no avail. I assumed I had a leak and it was sucking air from somewhere then this month my steering rack ...
     
  • CC
     
    • CVO
      11/4/2010 CVO
      There are no recalls for this issue.The estimate cost $ 768.00 dollars ( 6.3 hrs labor + $180.00 dollars for the parts ). That's from the AutoMD bar "Estimate Costs". Hope this helps.


  • gary
     
    • Black Ops
      11/2/2010 Black Ops
      What a very green car you have
      Some people say you need an SST, just use a punch to remove the nut, but its a pretty straight forward install (at least for my friend it was when i watched him), remove the four bolts. The only "Challenging part" part for us was reinstalling the dust shield. Be wary about the ABS sensor being misaligned during installation its just behind the dust shield. Remove them first and please be very very careful otherwise your CEL wil flash.
    • vince^_^
      11/2/2010 vince^_^
      How to remove:

      •Loosen your lug nut before you raise and support the vehicle. Remove your front wheel and then remove your front axle nut. Carefully disconnect your front ABS speed sensor connector.

      •Remove the 2 caliper mounting bolts and separate the caliper from the mounting and support from the vehicle with wire. Remember to never allow your caliper to hang low enough to put tension on the brake hose. Remove your front disc brake rotor. Disconnect the tie rod from your steering knuckle.

      •Remove the bolt and 2 nuts then disconnect the front lower suspension control arm from your ball joint. Detach the front drive shaft from the hub/bearing and steering knuckle. Detach the steering knuckle from your strut assembly. Mount the steering knuckle and hub/bearing assembly securely in a soft vice. Using a screwdriver, detach the dust deflector from your steering knuckle.
    • vince^_^
      11/2/2010 vince^_^
      How to install

      •Install your new wheel hub/bearing assembly and dust cover with the 4 mounting bolts. You should tighten your hub/bearing assembly mounting bolts by 41 ft. lbs. BY the use of SST 09950-70010, 09608-320-10 and 09950-60020, press in the new dust deflector.

      •Install the steering knuckle to the strut assembly. The nuts and bolts should be torque to 113 ft. lbs. Install the drive shaft. Install your lower ball joint to your front lower suspension control arm. Torque the bolt and 2 nuts by 66 ft. lbs. Connect the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. The torque specification to your tie rod end nut is 36 ft. lbs. and then install a new clip.

      •Install your front disc brake rotor, front disc brake caliper. Reconnect the front ABS speed sensor connector. Install the front axle hub nut, torque its nut to 159 ft. lbs., and then stake the hub nut, using a chisel and hammer. Install your front wheel. Inspect and adjust the front wheel alignment, if needed. Check your ABS speed sensor signal.
    • vince^_^
      11/2/2010 vince^_^
      The special tools are used when you install your new dust deflector. These are the SST or special service tools that you need SST 09950-70010, 09608-320-10 and 09950-60020