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  • 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
     
  • Yhells
    Yhells - 2009 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/13/2011
    Airbag checklight on, Cruisecontrol not working, steering radio controls not working
    The airbag check light is on, Cruise control is not functioning, On-steering radio controls are not functioning. Crack-like sound (like broken strap) comes from within the steering.
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      The light come on when the system detects a problem and sets a trouble code. You should have it diagnosed by a trained technician. The airbag system is not for do it yourselfers.
      The light is on because there is a problem with the air bag system. When the air bag light is on the system is not working and will not deploy in the event of an accident. When the air bag light is on the system has set a code(s) in the computer A scanning device can retrieve the code(s). The code(s) will give you a clue where the problem is. Many auto parts stores will read the code(s) from your vehicles computer for zip if you purchase the parts necessary to repair the vehicle from them.
      you have a false signal coming from the sensor harnes.
      It means there is an issue with your airbag. You should have it diagnosed and repaired.
      If the air bag light is coming on then you have a problem with the SRS. Seek professional help.
      On most vehicles, the airbag light should come on for @6 seconds, and then go off if the system is working properly. If there is a fault or a problem in the system, the light will remain illuminated, or flash continuously. If the airbag light does not work properly, some vehicles have an audible tone that sounds indicating a problem with the airbag light system. When the light is on (or the tone is sounding), the airbag will NOT deploy, even in an accident.
      J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      1/13/2011 Yhells
      what about the cruise control and the on-steering radio controls? i think there is a device inside the steering that is spoilt?
  • randy
    randy - 2002 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 1/6/2011
    How to replace return hose with new hose and clamps
     
    • yboy82
      1/6/2011 yboy82
      Just loosen the old clamp and then remove (pull) the old return hose. And then install your new return hose and new clamp.
  • mshep
    mshep - 2004 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 1/3/2011
    During cool weather, below 60 f. loud squel, sounds like coming from under truck. Occurs only during deceleration.
    does not occur when acceleration. or when weather is warm...
     
    • pat
      1/3/2011 pat
      this sounds bad like a main bearing problem,it might be something else not enough info
  • Bukki
    Bukki - 2008 Toyota Yaris - Steering & Suspension - 1/3/2011
    An unusual noise from the front suspensions when brake is applied in traffic and when travelling on bumpy roads
    Mileage - 41,500km. The lower arm on the driver's side was replaced about 4 months ago when the car had an accident. It happens when the car is moving and has been very frequent lately. The engine light is not on.