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  • seahorse94
     
    • Bill
      2/4/2011 Bill
      could be a spring problem or suspension problem.
      Bill
      2/5/2011 Bill
      Although it is a 1991 after all, so replace shocks, can't hurt
  • David
    David - 1998 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/31/2011
    Front strut assembly seems to rattle
    I have been told that my front strut assembly is causing the constant rattling in the engine compartmen but I see no signs of wear.
     
    • yboy82
      1/31/2011 yboy82
      When you check your strut did you also check the condition of your strut mounting? It might be worn.
  • hamish
    hamish - 1980 Toyota Pickup - Steering & Suspension - 1/29/2011
    Tilt steering has alot of play from side to side
     
    • Bill
      1/29/2011 Bill
      While engine on or off just setting motionless or while driving down the road? And how much is a lot ? Shoukd you be driving this vehicle?
      Bill
      1/29/2011 hamish
      it does it all the time.and it maybe a quarter to a half an inch.could there be worn out bearings.i have located another steering column if needed.and no i'm not driving this truck
  • Frances
    Frances - 1994 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/25/2011
    Leaking oil which is seen when it is moved from parking spot. 2) thin smoke coming from under hood idling at stop light
    Miles 151,000 plus miles got car second hand 2009. Also notice windows fog up but not from moisture in cold wheather. Only way to reduce this is to turn on AC. First notice this winter more so than last winter when I thought the heater was not working. The check ...
     
    • HPI Blitz
      1/25/2011 HPI Blitz
      The smoke probably comes from the oil touching a hot surface on your engine. Obviously we have to find out where the leak is coming from.

      Good news: We can find the leak
      Bad News: Millions of locations (Ok i was exaggerating but you get the idea)

      Put your vehicle on a rack for easy access to the underside. If you don't have access to a rack, try using a mechanic's creeper to work underneath your auto.

      Look on the underside of the engine for remnants of oil spray. Use a flashlight for better visibility. You will notice a wet oily area more often than you will find evidence of a drip.

      Run your finger over the wet area. If oil comes off, you know you have a leak. Examine the oily area to see where it seems to start. The most common area to have a leak is at the drain plug, located at the bottom of the oil pan. The fiber gasket and oil pan gasket are the next 2 places to look.

      View the intake manifold to see if there is any sign of leakage. The cylinder head covers are another place to check for leaks.

      Consider leakage from the upper part of the engine. This problem could come from the valve cover gasket at the top of the cylinder head, near the spark plug area. Check there for new wet oil.

      Try parking your car on a large piece of paper overnight, if you can't determine the exact location of the leak. The fresh oil drips should point you in the right direction.

      Tighten oil filters and gaskets securely to prevent future leaks.


  • MACPHERSON
    MACPHERSON - 2004 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 1/23/2011
    Can I change my X-REAS shock to manual shock system. Please advise.
    X-REAS shock absorber system is hard to find in the market. What is the alternative?. Destroy the design and mount manual shocks?. Will it ever be the same as X-REAS. Please advise. MACPHERSON
     
    • HPI Blitz
      1/23/2011 HPI Blitz
      Unfortunately no, models with the XREAS system have a different mounting point. I mean converting from stock to XREAS costs thousands of dollars so its the same vie versa (Its expensive because of the modifications needed) as far as i know 4runners with the XREAS system have their dampers diagonally linked. The front left damper, or shock, is linked to the rear right and the front right is linked to the rear left. Now that is different to conventional shocks.
  • jerry
    jerry - 2002 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 1/22/2011
    I would like to change my own rear struts. Can I get some Instructions?
    With pictures if possible?
     
  • elporreca
    elporreca - 1996 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/21/2011
    Wheel sticking out and out of alignment... what's damaged? Approximate cost?
    I hit a curb with my front passenger wheel while driving in the snow. The wheel itself is fine, but it sticks out from the wheel well a good 2 inches at the top. Doesn't seem to be pushed front or back in the well.. It moves fine and responds when the wheel is ...
     
    • TechSam
      1/21/2011 TechSam
      Two inches thats a very big diffrence from 2* any way the best way of telling what could be wrong would be to take it for alignment and let them tell you what needs changing. I could say you might need: Strut, Spindle, Wheel Rim, lower control arm, Outer tie rod end, Ball joint but who knows.
  • llaferl
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      here in Florida it would be Est. $147.79 parts and labor.

      labor is 1-1/2 hr to do............if you give me your zip code i would look it up for your area.................good luck
  • kaspar sh
    kaspar sh - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/20/2011
    Noise from the left front wheel of the toyota corolla
    the noise is just like brake pad rubbing against the rotor, but i am sure it is not from there . is it maybe from the wheel bearing? the noise comes and goes at will and lately it is more frequent and last longer. if it is the wheel bearing, how may i fix the ...
     
    • yboy82
      1/20/2011 yboy82
      You have to inspect your brake system to verify your suspicion. Try to check the condition your brake pads and if they securely place in there mounting.
  • M91732
    M91732 - 2001 Toyota Celica - Steering & Suspension - 1/19/2011
    I hear a wobbling sound but not feel on my right rear wheel.
    I already check to see if it's the lug nut but everything is tight. Lift up the car and see if there's any free play in the wheel and there isn't.
     
    • wayne
      1/19/2011 wayne
      tire needs changing or wheel bearing needs changing
    • Bill
      1/19/2011 Bill
      How do you hear a wobbling sound but not feel it?
  • NIKKY
    NIKKY - 1992 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/18/2011
    How to unlock the ignition / steering lock on 92 camry
    i aquired a 92 camry from a friend. the keys were lost &you were able to start it with a screwdriver. with no promblems. Know some how the ignition / steering lock is engageed . I cant start it or turn it. I need to move it to a different location in my driveway. ...
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Remove the steering wheel if you have no key. Remove the steering column and possibly the airbag with a screwdriver. The specific process can vary by vehicle. Locate the ignition hole and see what plastic tabs within the ignition are sticking. This shows that it is experiencing the steering wheel lock. Force this down with a screwdriver. Keep in mind that if you do this method, it could damage your steering wheel function if it is handled too roughly.

      Remove battery negative cable and SRS fuse and relay for safety.
  • NIKKY
    NIKKY - 1992 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 1/18/2011
    How to unlock the ignition / steering lock on 92 camry
    i aquired a 92 camry from a friend. the keys were lost &you were able to start it with a screwdriver. with no promblems. Know some how the ignition / steering lock is engageed.know it dont start. im trying to move it to a different location in my driveway. is ...
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Remove the steering wheel if you have no key. Remove the steering column and possibly the airbag with a screwdriver. The specific process can vary by vehicle. Locate the ignition hole and see what plastic tabs within the ignition are sticking. This shows that it is experiencing the steering wheel lock. Force this down with a screwdriver. Keep in mind that if you do this method, it could damage your steering wheel function if it is handled too roughly.
  • rpsio58
    rpsio58 - 1999 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 1/18/2011
    The front tires dont feel like they are gripping the road when driving straight
     
    • Donut
      1/18/2011 Donut
      What tires did u use? I need the specs. And i find it odd that you are experiencing that with bigger diameter tires because i switched from 15 to 18 inch rims and i felt my car gripping the road better than ever before. Of course when i installed my new rims it reuqired balancing, aligning, toe and camber. I also chose tires which were above average
  • walter
    walter - 2004 Toyota Tundra - Steering & Suspension - 1/13/2011
    How do know if my rear wheel bearings need replacing
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      jack up your car so that the tire is off the ground.. the tire that's supposed to have the bad bearing.. and with one hand at the top of the wheel and the other at the bottom of the wheel try to shake it. if you can wobble the wheel from top to bottom or side to side then the bearing is bad................good-luck
    • david
      1/13/2011 david
      juck up wheel spin in drive run 40 to50 mph but it might have positraction rearend take off easy block front wheels
  • damiano
    damiano - 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser - Steering & Suspension - 1/13/2011
    Textbook on wheel alignment