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  • barry
    barry - 2001 Toyota Echo - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2012
    Left side tire worn other tires ok worn tire is worn evenly shack in steering wheel brakes ok bearing replaced struts
    what could it be i know it has to be in the frount end ?
    0 answer
  • imad
    imad - 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2012
    Repetitive sound under driver feet on high speeds? any idea what that could be?
    hi guys, i have a toyota prado 2008, automatic, V6 4.0. when i drive at around 60 mph or so i start hearing and feeling noises (like someone is knocking the door or something is loose) under my left foot (where you rest your left leg) i also feel it in the gaz pedal ...
    • goldencar84
      9/29/2012 goldencar84
      If it's just coming from that side or that tire, check that tire. Jack it up and wobble it around to see if you hear or feel anything that is abnormal. If it has a cv joint check that out as well.. This should give you a starting point.
      9/30/2012 imad
      i did, i took it to the mechanic and jacked up the car (all 4 wheels) and pulled the left tire in every direction but no sounds, nothing is loose or broken in the suspension area.
    • Joe Boulay
      9/29/2012 Joe Boulay
      I would have your front end checked out, and your wheel balance checked. At this point they should check your tires for out of roundness and or a choppy condition. Also if it is under acceleration when it is noticed it could be a worn inner axle joint. Hope this helps.
      Joe Boulay
      Joe Boulay
      9/30/2012 imad
      hello, tires are 6 month old. the knock i am hearing is like a metal knocking on plastic. what do you mean by inner axle; the differential you mean?
    • Joe Boulay
      9/30/2012 Joe Boulay
      By inner axle joint I mean the inner most cv joint. A bad inner cv joint will give you a wobble type feeling under acceleration in the front end. I do not think that this is your vehicles issue as you have a noise associated with it. You also state that it is under steady cruising speed around 60 mph. without actually driving the vehicle myself this is a tough one to diagnose. Sorry I could not be of more help.
  • Daniel
    Daniel - 1999 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 9/27/2012
    I have a piping noise in the rear right wheel well when I brake and sometimes over bumps.what could it be?
    Popping started recently. Replaced struts on the ago and seems ok.
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/23/2012 HouseCallAuto
      What is a piping noise? I have heard of squeaking, rattling, clunk, etc. Piping........? Not being a wise guy, just want to understand what you are hearing.
      9/27/2012 Daniel
      Sorry, I meant popping, not piping. I can't figure this one out. I've checked the brakes, struts, and muffler and all look ok.
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/27/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Rear struts are common to make noise on this year Camry. Replace them with Monroe Quick struts which require no special tools to compress the spring and all that stuff. these struts come completely assembled with new sytut mounts and new springs. Easy 2 to 2.5 hours for a non-mechanic. can be bought for about 200 or less each side.
      10/3/2012 Daniel
      I actually replaced the rear struts and kept the original springs on. Everything seemed fine for about two months with them. Any other thoughts?
      10/3/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Good chance that one of them is assembled out of alignment or one strut moun t was bad or bolts are loose. Try to recreate the noise with the car backed on to Rhino Ramps and seek out the origin of the noise. There is no other way. Check of course the rear stabilizer bar links and bushings.
  • david
    david - 2003 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 9/27/2012
    My steering wheel shakes when the brakes are applied.
    I know that warped brake rotors can cause this,but iwas told by a shop that i needed all four struts replaced,can struts cause this are something else.?
    • rick
      9/21/2012 rick
      The struts do a few things . 1 they help hold the car up . 2 they help hold everything still like a shock to keep it from shaking . So yes it can be PART of the problem .
      9/21/2012 david
    • wrenchin
      9/23/2012 wrenchin
      a wheel bearing or tires that need rebalancing or a front wheel alignment can cause your problems and struts DO NOT hold up the car the Springs do the strut absorbs bumps in the road I would get a second oppion at another shop and dont tell them what the other shop said just tell them your problem and if your struts are bad have them show you where it is leaking you will see a moisture with dirt around the part that failed
    • Cataplum
      9/25/2012 Cataplum
      Front brake rotors can cause your problems maybe bent
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      9/27/2012 AutoDoc
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  • elohim17
    elohim17 - 2000 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 9/26/2012
    There is humming from the rear and have been told it is the rear wheel bearings.
    Is it a difficult job to replace the rear wheel bearings? I've done a fair amount of mechanical work.
    0 answer
    MANDO - 2007 Toyota Tundra - Steering & Suspension - 9/24/2012
    The VSC light is on, in the instrument panel. In the morning and sometime during the day.
    0 answer
  • danielb1193
    danielb1193 - 1994 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 9/23/2012
    When ever I drive my car my wheeling the front drivers side makes a loud noise like metal scraping metal what is it ?
    It stared only when I made sharp turn now its all the time
  • Steven
    Steven - 1997 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 9/19/2012
    Upgrade to the best possible handling and braking
    I'm looking for a suspension solution to lower a 1997 Toyota 4Runner, upgrade to the best possible handling and braking with 4-wheel disk brakes, and use the Hardline Backwoods 20" x 9", 20 mm offset wheels, and B.F. Goodrich gForce 265/50R-20 tires that I just got. ...
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  • 10u30d87c
    10u30d87c - 2006 Toyota Sienna - Steering & Suspension - 9/17/2012
    Squeak when i am making a turn to the left or to the right . Is it the power steering pump or the rack/pinion the proble
    That's all i can say
    0 answer
  • carlos cuxil
    carlos cuxil - 2002 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 9/14/2012
    How is to change the hand door
    The hand door
    0 answer
  • eric
    eric - 2005 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 9/13/2012
    I heard a "wooo" sound when pull left in front of the vehicle.
    vehicle mileage is 127,000, it happens all the time but increase sound when turn left. It starts like two weeks ago, the sound came out from the front wheels, there are no warning lights on. I suspect that could be the ball bearing behind the disk nut. But some ...
    0 answer
  • Tasha
    Tasha - 2001 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 9/12/2012
    What repair job does my car need?
    The vehicle had been pulling to the right for 3 days. While driving on the highway (70mph) the pulling stopped and the car started violently shaking on the left, I heard bolts loosening, and loud popping noises. Once I got out the car the front left panel had bent ...
    • rick
      9/12/2012 rick
      The tire seperated . The cords in the tire came apart . It happens even to a new tire sometimes . Sorry . Replace the tires and fix the damage is about all you can do .
      9/12/2012 Tasha
      Thank you for the response. Do you know how much this type of repair would cost?
      9/13/2012 rick
      Sorry . Can't see what all happened . Take to a body shop or two and get a quote .
  • Snoopy
    Snoopy - 2003 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 9/10/2012
    Acceptable Differences in Tire Tread Depth
    Hi, My Rav4, 2WD, has two good tires on the back, Firestone Destination LE, P215 R70 16, Tread Depth 11/32 each. The fronts have to be replaced so I bought one used at 10.8/32 and need to obtrain one more used tire. I am looking at one measuring 8.4/32, a ...
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  • Brian
    Brian - 2007 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 9/9/2012
    2007 Toyota Avalon 41k . I feel a vibration coming through the driver side floor board at 70mph +
    I don't feel it coming from anywhere else . Already had the tires balanced
      9/9/2012 ARFFMAN
      It sounds like the front tires out of balance or front end out of alighment. Start by rotating tires and if vibration changes or goes away , then balance tires. Next have your front end alignment checked.