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  • NATHAN
    NATHAN - 1997 Toyota T100 - Steering & Suspension - 2/20/2015
    What else do I need to remove to replace my cv axle shafts
    I have a Haynes repair manual and ive done everything it says to. But when I go to install the new cv axle shaft it is not very easy.
     
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  • Renee
    Renee - 2002 Toyota Sienna - Steering & Suspension - 2/12/2015
    My car is making a wind/whistle sound when diving. Is this due to a bad wheel alignment done?
    I have a 2002 Toyo Sienna, got all 4 new tires & wheel alignment in Aug. 30, 2014 (milage 90114). On Jan. 31, 2014 (milage 91652) I took my car to the shop to repair a tire that had a screw in it. They advised me that I needed a wheel alignment. On 2/4/2015 (milage ...
     
    • Jimm
      2/7/2015 Jimm
      First question - why all the alignments? What explanation is given?
      Jimm
      2/7/2015 Renee
      Hi Jimm, When I asked how can that be that I just got 4 new tires and a wheel alignment done from them 5 months ago and only dove 1579 miles in that 5 months they said it happens driving on bad roads and hitting potholes can make you need a wheel alignment done again. (On the test printout it says failed: Front Total Toe and Rear Camber) But, now I am hearing that wind/whistle sound when I drive.
      Jimm
      2/7/2015 Renee
      Hi Jimm, When I asked how can that be that I just got 4 new tires and a wheel alignment done from them 5 months ago and only dove 1579 miles in that 5 months they said it happens driving on bad roads and hitting potholes can make you need a wheel alignment done again. (On the testprintout it says failed: Front Total Toe and Rear Camber) But, now I am hearing that wind/whistle sound when I drive
    • Renee
      2/9/2015 Renee
      Hi Jimm, When I asked how can that be that I just got 4 new tires and a wheel alignment done from them 5 months ago and only dove 1579 miles in that 5 months they said it happens driving on bad roads and hitting potholes can make you need a wheel alignment done again. (On the test printout it says failed: Front Total Toe and Rear Camber) But, now I am hearing that wind/whistle sound when I drive.
    • Jimm
      2/9/2015 Jimm
      Check the alignment warranty - should not need frequent alignments. There may be worn parts; front wheel or hub bearing - as example. The alignment shop should check the condition and report any such issues to you before attempting an alignment.
      Jimm
      2/10/2015 Renee
      The wheel alignment that I got on Jan. 31, 2015 was on done free of charge because it was covered under the alignment warranty that was done on Aug. 30, 2014. So, the wind sound I am hearing now after the wheel alignment done on Jan. 31, 2015 could just be another problem and not from the wheel alignment done wrong or poorly?
      Jimm
      2/11/2015 Renee
      The wheel alignment that I got on Jan. 31, 2015 was on done free of charge because it was covered under the alignment warranty that was done on Aug. 30, 2014. So, the wind sound I am hearing now after the wheel alignment done on Jan. 31, 2015 could just be another problem and not from the wheel alignment done wrong or poorly?
    • Renee
      2/11/2015 Renee
      The wheel alignment that I got on Jan. 31, 2015 was on done free of charge because it was covered under the alignment warranty that was done on Aug. 30, 2014. So, the wind sound I am hearing now after the wheel alignment done on Jan. 31, 2015 could just be another problem and not from the wheel alignment done wrong or poorly?
    • Jimm
      2/12/2015 Jimm
      There may be worn parts; front wheel or hub bearing - as example. The (any) alignment shop should check the condition and report any such issues to you before attempting an alignment.
  • dbrinkm
    dbrinkm - 1998 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 2/10/2015
    Why does my steering wheel pull to the right?
    I've got over 200,000 on my truck. Last week it started pulling to the right and there's a shimmy in the steering wheel and a wobble feeling when I drive slowly.
     
    • Jimm
      2/10/2015 Jimm
      Several possibilities; worn / faulty wheel bearing, worn/ faulty suspension bushing, worn / faulty front strut or strut mount, tire / wheel out-of-round, wheel out of balance.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect / diagnose suspension and steering issues.
  • Zadik93
     
    • Jimm
      1/19/2015 Jimm
      Without other quotes to compare with for the same work: parts and labor - cannot determine if cost is high or not. It sounds high - but considering the parts (strut assemblies) alone are only around $67.00 each (front) and around $49.00 each (rear) = sources; www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com - among others.
      Given the relatively inexpensive parts cost for each unit, I'd recommend obtaining different written price quotes with details; list of parts,warranty, labor,etc. - from local repair shops, before paying anything for this work.
  • shafee971
    shafee971 - 2013 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/9/2015
    When i step into more than 120 kms in highway it becomes uncontrollable
    tyre psi is made 32
     
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  • shafee971
    shafee971 - 2013 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/9/2015
    When i step into more than 120 kms in highway it becomes uncontrollable, going left and right
    tyre psi made 32
     
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  • Andrew
    Andrew - 2011 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/1/2015
    Do Toyota OEM US car parts fit Japanese model cars providing the car part numbers are the same?
    The car is a 2011 Toyota Corolla LX, right hand drive (no option in the vehicle select). I'm trying to get a new shock absorber and headlight assembly for the driver side (right). I found some US Toyota parts that have the same part number and was wondering if it ...
     
    • Jimm
      1/1/2015 Jimm
      Yes, the parts are the same. As example: strut assembly (Toyota OEM part numbers = regardless of country of origin) #4852002380, 4852002381, 4852002390, 4852002391, 4852002400, 4852002401, 4852002410, 4852002411, 4852002412, 4852002420, 4852002421, 4852002760, 4852009K10, 4852009K20, 4852009K30, 4852009K40, 4852009K50, 4852009P30, 4852009P40, 4852009P50, 4852009S00, 4852009U10, 4852009X50, 4852009X60, 4852012A40, 4852012A41, 4852012A60, 4852012A61, 4852012A70, 4852012A71, 4852012A90, 4852012A91, 4852080106, 4852080107, 4852080108, 4852080110, 4852080200, 4852080201, 4852080202, 4852080203}.

      Be sure to always replace the shocks and struts in sets or pairs.

      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few - to compare the parts applications.
  • Noreen Kenney
    Noreen Kenney - 2002 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/1/2015
    I hear clunking sound when I roll over irregular pavement
    Sounds like it's inside the car I think it's not. Sway bar links?
     
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  • Kaylan Y.
    Kaylan Y. - 1995 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 12/20/2014
    Very loud grinding noise coming from my front right tire area, worse when speed increases...
    Horrible sound coming from my front right tire area, just had my brakes done and winter tires put on and no one told me anything was wrong otherwise. Does not affect how the vehicle drives, just sounds very bad. Doesn't start until I go over about 20mph, as I come ...
     
    • Dan
      12/20/2014 Dan
      Sounds like a wheel bearing going out or a cv joint.
    • Teddy B
      12/20/2014 Teddy B
      I sure would not be driving it or paying
      for anymore work-start doing your own

      You sprayed WD40 where?
      You really didn't believe that would make for a fix did you?

      You just had brake work done-that would be a place to start

      Ever notice on theses web sites that no one has any problems
      until they go to a repair shop & almost always with brake work
      or ruined wheel hub bearings--that tells you something (butchers at work on your vehicle)

      Everyone says no one told you anything
      Well these shops do not care or never road test to confirm their work
  • Andrew
    Andrew - 2011 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 12/17/2014
    Do Toyota US OEM parts fit Toyota Japanese cars if the part numbers match?
    2011 Toyota Corolla LX, right hand drive (not in the options). I'm looking to get right side shock and headlight assembly for a Japanese model car. Looking to see if US OEM parts fit in Japanese model cars.
     
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  • Kaylan Y.
    Kaylan Y. - 1995 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 12/16/2014
    Very loud grinding noise coming from my front right tire area, worse when speed increases...
    Horrible sound coming from my front right tire area, just had my brakes done and winter tires put on and no one told me anything was wrong otherwise. Does not affect how the vehicle drives, just sounds very bad. Doesn't start until I go over about 20mph, as I come ...
     
    • Teddy B
      12/16/2014 Teddy B
      Sprayed WD-40 where exactly

      Was the problem there before you had any work done?

      I would stop using it until resolved
  • Christina
    Christina - 1996 Toyota Celica - Steering & Suspension - 11/26/2014
    What's wrong with the vehicle. The steering wheel is messed up.
    When driving car. I was accelerating on gas only going 45-50 mph and the wheel jerks to the right real hard.When my boyfriend was going down the road he heard a popping/ knocking sound as if something fell off.or he hit something, and While parking the car I can ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      11/26/2014 GT500Knights
      Sounds to me like he hit a curb VERY hard, knocking loose some steering/suspension components. I would suspect a tie rod end is worn or a control arm bushing/ball joint.
  • debi
    debi - 2004 Toyota Highlander - Steering & Suspension - 11/1/2014
    Harmonic sound when turning slowing (like into a parking space)
    started after having front wheel bearings and front brake pads replaced. First only made noise occasionally now every drive. Returned it to shop, they cannot (or will not) find problem. Have taken it back to them 5 times.
     
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  • paul kelley
    paul kelley - 2005 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/25/2014
    Power steering boot on steering rod connector
    boot covering selonoid connector rod is deteriating
     
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  • Roby
    Roby - 2009 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 10/17/2014
    When applying brake, there is a shivering experienced on the steering.
    This is more frequently noticed when I apply the brakes at speeds above 70km per hour. I changed the brake pads and put in all new tires.....but the problem persists.
     
    • baldwin smith
      10/17/2014 baldwin smith
      There are common problems that cause your steering wheel to shake when you apply the brakes. In order from least expensive to most, they are: dry guide pins, worn brake pads, and worn rotors.

      It’s generally recommended if you replace the rotors, you replace the brakes, and grease the guide pins. Or if you’re just replacing the brakes, you also grease the guide pins. Now, if your brakes are still good, you could just grease the guide pins. Most of this can be done with a basic set of tools. Replacing rotors, however, is a little more involved. In either case, this if what it takes to get the job done.

      More info,you can check here: http://www.careucar.com/