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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 11/18/2013
    What do you charge to mount and balance tires that are bought there?
    Had to ask this way since nobody will answer the phone at the store.
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1994 Toyota Pickup - Steering & Suspension - 11/15/2013
    Are P225/75R15S tires safe to install on 1994 4x4 toyota pickup?
    the S was not present on the online order. Tires appear a bit thinner
     
    • bear.1216
      11/15/2013 bear.1216
      What is the OEM size that came on the vehicle. The correct size should be printed on a sticker on the drivers door jamb or in owners manual. If the size is the same should be fine. The width and height 225/75 are measure when installed on rim. May appear thinner when not aired up or depending on tread width. The 225 is measured at the widest part of the filled tire on the sidewall not the actual tread width. The P means it is rated for passenger vehicles. The R means it is steel belted radial tire. Some manufacturers include a speed rating or load rating in the size. The S at the end means standard load rating 2ply sidewall. This should be spelled out in fine print on the tire with the actual max pressure and load information. Speed rating would have the letter in the size before the R like P225/75ZR15 with Z being high speed rating. An S speed rating is up to 90 mph and is standard and not usually noted on tires. Your tires if correct size will be fine. The S at the end is just because this is common truck size with varying load ranges and helps to quickly choose between same size tires with different load ranges when looking at a rack full of tires.
  • mike
    mike - 2006 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2013
    Groaning sound from front passenger side suspension only at slow start
    50k all wheel drive. happens every time from a full stop,slow start. noticed it a few months ago.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/9/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Might be front wheel bearing. I have a client with an '06 Rav4 that has a bad wheel bearing right now that I have to replace
  • mike
    mike - 2006 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 11/9/2013
    Groaning sound, front passenger side suspension only when slowly starting from a complete stop
    50k miles
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Toyota Solara - Steering & Suspension - 11/2/2013
    My Toyota dealer tells me both front struts are leaking fluid.
    I was under the impression these struts are gas filled? If this is the case, how could they be leaking hydraulic fluid? The car just turned 60M miles. It drives and rides as good as it did when new. Shouldn't these struts have lasted many more miles? What is ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The struts have both gas and hydraulic oil in them. Yes they may be leaking some oil, not that abnormal. You don't have to lose any sleep worrying about them. Change them if you want but if no complaints about the ride, skip it for now. Toyota dealer service departments all over tend do recc services to people that they would never do to their own vehicles, not just Toyota dealers, all dealers and all repair shops, well most anyway - don't think I'm overstepping saying that.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Toyota Highlander - Steering & Suspension - 11/1/2013
    Why does my car make noise when I turn the steering wheel?
    I have about 193,000 miles on my car. My husband changed the front struts. He didn't know what he was getting into. He got part way and had to bring the parts into town to a shop where they had the proper tools. Then he went back home to put it on. I think he ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/1/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The job has to be taken apart by a professional and reassembled correctly if that is where the noise is coming from. Things like this do happen all the time. He tried to do it himself and this time something went wrong. Simple. Not a big deal. It just cost some money thats all.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/2/2013 AutoMD Member
      Thank you for your response. I am going to see if a shop is open tomorrow for a couple of other reasons, one being an oil change. If the shop is open, I will ask about it tomorrow. I wonder if it will cost more to have it reassembled correctly than it would have to have it done by a professional in the first place.
      HouseCallAuto
      11/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It probably will cost the same. Having it taken apart partially is not going to lower the cost AT ALL. If anything it will raise the cost.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Toyota Solara - Steering & Suspension - 10/31/2013
    I want to regain most of the original ride of the vehicle which has 75k miles. would KYB replacements be a good choice?
    Which strut/shock assemblies?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/31/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If you want to regain the original ride, install genuine Toyota parts, not KYB. Also, don't just change struts just because they have 75K on them. Most struts that are replaced don't actually need replacement. Want the best ride, install 4 Michelin tires and have a wheel alignment done.
  • Gerald
    Gerald - 1995 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/21/2013
    I have 95, Camry 4cycle with 2200 eng. airbag light stay on. The car was in an accident now the light wont go off.
    Airbag light stay on how do I turn it off
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 10/19/2013
    The steering wheeling is shaking very bad
    front tire rime very hot
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Toyota Avalon - Steering & Suspension - 10/19/2013
    Steering wheel is shaking
    front tire shaking
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 10/17/2013
    Hear screeching sound when I drive over bumps on my side: had an accident on that side. What can I do?
    My mechanic says he replaced the shocks & a special bolt and aligned wheels. Since it makes this noise. It doesn't happen when the car is stopped. Diagnostic lights are not on. What can I do to fix this? Thanks in advance
     
    • Jimm
      10/17/2013 Jimm
      Use the 'Diagnose' feature on the AutoMD website to help describe the problem you are having in detail; when does the noise occur? At what speeds? Is the sound localized - from the front or rear, left or right sides?
      Try to describe the problem in detail and post a reply for further assistance. You may also reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature for steps to inspect and diagnose the suspension and steering sytems - along with videos and photos.
  • vmgausmd
    vmgausmd - 2008 Toyota Highlander - Steering & Suspension - 10/7/2013
    Steering wheel freezes while on highway, going about 55 and cannot steer car. this has happened twice so cannot drive ca
    the vsc light blinks , the engine control malfunction light is on, and the battery charging system light is on also. we checked the altenator and it is working well, and the battery holds a full charge.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/7/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The alternator has to be checked AT THE TIME THE LIGHTS GO ON because the alternator failure may be intermittent. When the voltage level drops from a normal 14.5 approx down to 11.5 or 12 volts the vehicle ECU sees this and turns on warning lights. Your Highlander has electric power steering and it is disabled if it receives low voltage. My feeling is that you may have a bad alternator but you have to have some sharp mechanic be able to confirm this DURING the failure, otherwise you will be replacing the alternator on a probable hunch, which is sometimes all you have to go on. You should check for any stored fault codes but even doing that will require that you have a shop grade scan tool to read the power steering module fault codes.
  • lilmsfixitjc1
    lilmsfixitjc1 - 1995 Toyota T100 - Steering & Suspension - 9/30/2013
    How can I tighten up my steering?
    my t-100 is an older model and the steering isn't as tight as it used to be. the truck tends to drift while driving
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      9/29/2013 John's Auto Repair
      The proper way is to jack-up the front end and check for loose steering and suspension cmponents.
      For example tie-rod ends, ball joints, etc.
    • Jimm
      9/30/2013 Jimm
      Use the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for more specific steps to inspect and diagnose the front end and steering components.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, wwwpartsgeek.com, www.autoanything.com and www.rockauto.com - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the; steering gearbox (remanufactured) from around $239.00 (minus core charge), the tie rod end (inner or outer)from around $4.50 (each), and the steering damper (if equipped) from around $21.00 for your vehicle.
  • darrell
    darrell - 1999 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 9/20/2013
    Creakiing sound when steering wheel is turned
    the vehicle has approximately 230,000 miles and makes no other noises when driving, just the creaking noise when the steering wheel is turned. It occurs at speed as well as standing,
     
    • Jimm
      9/20/2013 Jimm
      First step - check the steering fluid and refill the power steering fluid level as required. Next step - with an assistant, raise the hood and with the engine on and the transmission in Park or Neutral - slowly rotate the steering wheel left and right directions to determine the source of the noise.
      Beyond the power steering fluid level, there are several possibilities; faulty / worn drive belt, faulty / worn belt tensioner, faulty / worn suspension bushing - though the issue is more than likely related to the steering system.
  • lestercl
    lestercl - 2003 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 9/12/2013
    Power steering not working good ,need replace the pump, and transmission line
    the shop ask 6 hours work on the power steering and cost me $1,200.00 to fix it was that reasonable .
     
    • Jimm
      9/12/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, wwwpartsgeek.com, www.autoanything.com and www.rockauto.com - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the power steering pump (without reservoir) from around $68.00 for your vehicle.

      Not sure about the transmission line - was this the rigid line; on the pressure or the return side?

      Anyway, the only way to judge 'reasonable' would be to have comparable cost estimates from different repair shops for the same work performed.

    • HouseCallAuto
      9/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Seems excessive to me by a lot. Posted all data labor for the ps pump is 1.5 hours. The tranny line I need more detail about. 1200 is a lot of money for these two items but I need to see the bill and then have more questions after.