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  • 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
  • ToyotaGirl
    ToyotaGirl - 2002 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 11/2/2010
    Should Macpherson strut repair be needed twice in 8 years?
    Front passenger strut (but replaced both) replaced at appx. 40K, now at 74K same one is shot. Take good care of tires, balanced twice/yr along w/ alignments. Use Toyota certified mechanic who uses Toyota parts. Drive in city mostly, no off road use or excessive ...
    • Bobby
      11/2/2010 Bobby
      The average life should be 60,000 miles some go even longer so i would say yours are wearing out fast for some reason, it could just be bad luck and you got two that were poorly manufactured. How do you know the strut is bad? Is it seeping from the cartridge?
    • ToyotaGirl
      11/2/2010 ToyotaGirl
      According to my mechanic only the right one had leaked.
  • hlaxdotcom
    hlaxdotcom - 2007 Toyota Yaris - Steering & Suspension - 11/1/2010
    How much will it cost me to align my car? yaris T1 A/C align it after how long How much to service it for 60 000km
    2007 Toyota Yaris T1 A/C 5Door
    • Bobby
      11/1/2010 Bobby
      well it depends on where you bring it in to be serviced, and I notice you are talking in km rather than miles so are you in the US or another country???
  • lescoboy
    lescoboy - 2010 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/30/2010
    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 -no
    • CVO
      10/30/2010 CVO
      The car is under a 3 years ( bumpers to bumpers) warranty, let's the dealer figure it out and keep us posted. Hope this helps and be safe.
      10/31/2010 lescoboy
      but 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
  • JEllis
  • allan eaton
    allan eaton - 1995 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 10/24/2010
    I want to put wider wheels on my toyota 4 runner,i need to know what backspace/offset i should use. 4x4.5 or 5x5.108mm
    new rims
    0 answer
    MARY ANN - 1994 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/24/2010
    • yboy82
      10/21/2010 yboy82
      Check the level of your power steering fluid it may be low or the power steering belt is broken. The other things that you should check are power steering pump (it might be worn/damaged), clogged/damaged power steering hose and worn/damaged tie rod.
    • Tifosi
      10/21/2010 Tifosi
      Have you checked your power steering fluid level?
      2/20/2011 vicki
      I dont even know If I have power steering but the wheel is hard to turn how do I check
    • MARY ANN
      10/24/2010 MARY ANN
      The fluid is full, and while it is stiff to turn there is some play in thewheel, that's why I didn't know what to think it coulc be, but I will make sure the mechanic checks the belt, the pump and the tie rods, thanks for your help
  • Mike
    Mike - 2002 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/22/2010
    What needs repair when the front end shimmys at 55 MPH
    126 k miles. This occurs from 0-55 and fades out. You can feel a small vibration in the steering wheel. Tires have been re balanced and rotated.
    • handyman
      10/22/2010 handyman
      might be your tie rod ends . check it by jacking up front end and have someone turn your wheel back and fourth and look for losness.
    • junk+clunkers
      10/22/2010 junk+clunkers
      Could be a bent A frame or stabilazion links
  • jason p
    jason p - 1992 Toyota Celica - Steering & Suspension - 10/18/2010
    I was at garage today they told me that my rear left trailer arm bushing needs replaced
    • Tifosi
      10/18/2010 Tifosi
      What are the symptoms? The bushing is cheap anyway, make sure you replace both sides.
  • bill
    bill - 2002 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/18/2010
    The steering is hard to turn and does not return to center unless pushed back
    i replaced steering rack and fluid pump is quiet belt is tight what else could it be?
      10/18/2010 MOONSTER_TOOLZ
      The steering fluid level must be correct and leaks should be checked. Otherwise, the pump is not working properly and the belt slips.
  • Annie
    Annie - 2000 Toyota Tundra - Steering & Suspension - 10/16/2010
    Can a lower control arm from a toyota sequoia be used on a toyota tundra 4x4
    0 answer
    JBDLS - 2007 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/6/2010
    When i make a slow turn i hear/feel a popping sound.
    • Pave Low
      10/6/2010 Pave Low
      Please check you CV joints, they might be busted
  • ndwrogers
    ndwrogers - 2001 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 10/6/2010
    Why does my car rides so hard when going over bumps or hiting pot holes
    I have over 150,000 miles on my car and I just had new struts put on and every time I hit a bump or go over one or even hit a pot hole it sound like the wheels and the frame is about to come inside with me and when they put the struts on they never mention anything ...
    • Jason
      10/6/2010 Jason
      It might be the new struts. Did the car drive that way before?
      10/7/2010 ndwrogers
      yes that why I thought it was the struts my mother inlaw used to carry heavy weight in it for about six hundred miles or so for about a year or so and gave my wife and I the car so then the struts went out or at least that what I thought I'm really stuck here could it be the springs or bushings?
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