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  • Charm
    Charm - 1998 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 5/12/2015
    What is wrong when I hear clunks every time I drive over a bump or crack in the road?
    While driving my Toyota makes a clunk/rattle (like it is bouncing) noise from the front right under carriage every time I drive over a bump or crack in the road. It is a heavy deep clunk, like something is loose. Also, when I am idling, engine on but not moving, it ...
     
    • CVO
      5/12/2015 CVO
      An aging shock absorber could cause this noise, it's loosing their hydraulic pressure.
      CVO
      5/19/2015 Charm
      Thank you for being prompt on your answer. I presume this is a costly fix? Is it possible to work with the hydraulic pressure or does this mean new shocks for me? I'm guessing the later. When it rains it pores! My son (1987 Fire Bird) is having to replace the head gaskets. It just dumped the fluids one day, he just took it to the garage to have the air filters replaced two days before this happened, the hole was fresh and oddly the size of a screw driver. Trust is not the word of the day!
      CVO
      5/19/2015 CVO
      Sorry to hear that, you're not the only ones. Use the shops recommended by AutoMD or friends...
  • gh
    gh - 2008 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 5/9/2015
    In case of bursting tire steering of car in front tire bursting or rear one is more difficult ?
    I know in soppy roads rear one is more important but in bursting tire which one is more dangerous and do you have any document to about that?
     
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  • joann
    joann - 1995 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 5/6/2015
    What would cause my wheel to stop rolling while backing up?
    I have replaced both cv axles, the struts and mounts, ball joints and bearings recently.some times when I back up the tire on right front wont roll
     
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  • joann
    joann - 1995 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 5/6/2015
    What can cause a rolling rattle in front of my 1995 Toyota corolla?
    I have replaced both axles struts and mounts,ball joints,bearings.and have a bad rattled in the front .only after I have been on the road for a few or hit a bump. then it don't stop
     
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  • T
    T - 1989 Toyota Celica - Steering & Suspension - 4/26/2015
    While driving I noticed that my car seems to vibrate and makes noise. Steering wheel shakes etc.
    I has an alignment yesterday and tire rotation but it didn't resolve. Someone said it may steering mechanism or bearings? Can anyone advise and also what would reasonable repair be? I am original owner and car has 98000 miles.
     
    • Jimm
      4/26/2015 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn front hub bearing, worn front suspension bushing, worn front suspension component, tire or wheel out of balance, tire or wheel out of round, tire tread separation or defect.
  • jwebb0093
    jwebb0093 - 2005 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 4/24/2015
    If you have the complete wheel hub assembly with the wheel bearings in it, do you still have to use a press to put the h
    if you have the complete wheel hub assembly with the wheel bearings in it, do you still have to use a press to put the hub on the spindle or can you do it without a press
     
    • Teddy B
      4/24/2015 Teddy B
      Bolts on

      Watch the You Tube Video

      Replace both sides when one side fails
  • Bo
    Bo - 2008 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 4/21/2015
    Power steering not working right
    Making squealing noises and it's hard to turn wheel. Plenty of fluid and it actually is forcing fluid out of the resivour like it has too much pressure.
     
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  • Livhussey
    Livhussey - 2000 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 4/13/2015
    Shaking and vibration of wheel and car from 60mph-75mph. Already rotated and balanced tires.
    I often have my tires rotated and balanced because it seems to help. It still shakes a lot though, all tires filled up and on well,
     
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  • Eddy
    Eddy - 1992 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 4/3/2015
    How long should it take to remove/replace the rack and pinion?
    suggested repair, bought the part, gave it to my mechanic, looks fairly easy...just wondering how long it generally takes...
     
    • Jimm
      4/3/2015 Jimm
      Maybe 2-3 hours labor time.The exact cost will depend on the shop labor rate per hour.
  • dragonfly80
    dragonfly80 - 1999 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 3/29/2015
    Wheel sounds wobbly
    At about 60 miles an hour it sounds like one of my wheels is wobbling.
     
    • Jimm
      3/29/2015 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn front or rear hub bearing, worn suspension bushing, worn suspension component, tire or wheel out of balance, tire or wheel out of round.
  • Shia86
    Shia86 - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 3/12/2015
    What is fair labor charge? Front brake pads and new rotors and shock strut replacement front only.
    I have a 99 corolla . Needs brakes and struts.just doing front. Getting a non mechanic to do it. If I buy all the parts what should he expect for labor?total so far is almost 500 including rotors. What is a fair labor price considering I am buying the parts.
     
    • Jimm
      3/12/2015 Jimm
      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few.
      The front disc brake pads are around $7.00 per set, the front rotors are around $8.70 each,and the front strut assemblies are around $25.00 each for your vehicle.

      The labor charges will vary - you can simply call a local repair shop or two in your area to get an idea of the various labor charges for this work. Most repair shops charge anywhere from $55.00 to over $120.00 per hour as the shop rate - so get at least two estimates for the same work; parts and labor listed as separate items.

      One final question - why get a non-mechanic to perform the work? This is like having a non-doctor perform surgery on you!
  • Thespinoola
    Thespinoola - 1994 Toyota Celica - Steering & Suspension - 3/10/2015
    Why do I hear a rubbing noise constantly?
    Recently I was in an auto accident, long story short driver ran red light and the impact sent me into a pole. My front right tire was damaged when it hit a curb before hitting the pole and I didn't know, so I attempted to drive home and had to stop once I realized I ...
     
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  • Donna
    Donna - 2005 Toyota Highlander - Steering & Suspension - 3/5/2015
    How much would labor and parts be for a front driver side control arm and ball joint and then a front end alignment.
    How much would labor and parts be for a front driver side control arm and ball joint and then a front end alignment.
     
    • Jimm
      3/5/2015 Jimm
      Parts are the least expense; the front lower control arms (with ball joints) cost around $35.00 each for your vehicle. Always replace the steering /suspension /brake components in sets/ pairs -for safety sake.
      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few.

      The labor for the replacement and alignment will vary from repair shop to repair shop.
  • Donna
    Donna - 2005 Toyota Highlander - Steering & Suspension - 3/5/2015
    How much would labor and parts be for a front driver side control arm and ball joint and then a front end alignment.
    How much would labor and parts be for a front driver side control arm and ball joint and then a front end alignment.
     
    • Jimm
      3/5/2015 Jimm
      Parts are the least expense; the front lower control arms (with ball joints) cost around $35.00 each for your vehicle. Always replace the steering /suspension /brake components in sets/ pairs -for safety sake.
      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few.
  • paul stampleman
    paul stampleman - 2008 Toyota Highlander - Steering & Suspension - 3/5/2015
    My highlander HV 2008 tailgate does not respond to the auto-buttons. It beeps twice instead and the gate remains open.
    why
     
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