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  • pmor240
    pmor240 - 2004 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 8/31/2013
    When i turn the steering wheel all the way to the right, i hear a scraping sound. Also, when i am backing out of the
    driveway and go over a hump, there is a scraping sound. I recently had the tires rotated and it started soon after that. The steering wheel occasionally vibrates.
    • frankiedonnn
      8/29/2013 frankiedonnn
      Hi pmor240, Something may have been disturbed during the rotation : Look and see if some thing is loose and hanging in the wheel area. It seems as if the wheel is touching some thing when it goes over the bump Check the steering fluid too to see if it is low in case it is pump noise. The vibration could be caused if the wheel rims need balancing. When the wheels are rotated the rims should be checked for balance at the same time because the rims on the rear are now on the front .And tyre pressure is important.
    • wford1400
      8/31/2013 wford1400
      dude its normal. I know it sounds screwy but its just a design flaw that they haven't addressed it but; what are you gonna do? I have owned around 20 toyotas in the last 20 years and they ALL do it eventually. I asked a friend of mine who's a master mechanic for toyota and he says it doesn't hurt anything. It's just annoying, No harm tho. Sorry
  • kaigoitse
    kaigoitse - 2003 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 8/29/2013
    My vehicle vibrates when traveling at a speed of 100 -120km\h what could be the course
    • bear.1216
      8/29/2013 bear.1216
  • rwleeson
    rwleeson - 1993 Toyota Celica - Steering & Suspension - 8/27/2013
    I have a rubbing or grinding noise in my right front wheel when making a right turn. Is that a sign of a wheel bearing
    and what is worst possible thing that coulld happen?
    • wbrockstar
      8/27/2013 wbrockstar
      Normally if its the bearing,it will get louder when your making a left hand turn at a sufficient speed because all of the cars weight shifts to right side of car which puts extra strain on that side.It could still be the bearing though.You can jack the front end of car off ground and spin the tire by hand listening for the noise but the wheel is gonna be a lil harder to spin than normal because its front wheel drive.It could also be the cv axle assembly.If you turn wheel all the way in one direction and backup slowly,,if you hear popping,clunking,or grindin then its the cv axle
      8/31/2013 wford1400
      actually I worked on toyotas for a long time. My card would do the exact same thing, I talked to the master mechanic about it and he said its just somehing that the 4>
  • DAllison22026
    DAllison22026 - 2001 Toyota Sequoia - Steering & Suspension - 7/17/2013
    Vehicle starts making the anti skid noise and then starts to gear down. The VSC lights both on and off come on.
    Also starts to gear down like 4 wheel drive. This has happen going 25 mph and 76mph. Does not matter the weather. Was only once in a while, now every day. A while back I had it in a Toyota dealership for 4 days. They found nothing. 2001 has only 72000 miles.
    0 answer
  • rdharris0262
    rdharris0262 - 2004 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 7/13/2013
    Notification light "VSC TRAC" & "TRAC OFF" is on but shop said nothing is wrong.
    When reset goes off and then comes back on approximately half a mile down the road
    • Jimm
      7/13/2013 Jimm
      VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) and TRAC lights will come on any time the check engine light does to reduce engine load. As such these lights being on may have nothing to do with the why the check engine light came on.
      If the check engine light is on, a trouble code(s) has been stored in the computer that points to the problem area. You may have the fault code scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA, etc.

      The engine may have a stored fault code, if it is not working the engine will revert back to a fail safe condition so that no damage will occur. But it will not be running at peak performance. Or it could be something to trigger the engine diagnostic system.

      Could be something as simple as the fuel / gas cap not tightened all the way - needs a few more clicks or half turn. You may also reset the system by disconnecting the negative battery cable for 30 seconds or more - then reattach - to see if the warning lights stay out.
  • rselsby
    rselsby - 2007 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 6/23/2013
    The car bounces over bumps and makes a noise over bumps
    • Jimm
      6/23/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; upper strut or shock mounts worn, faulty / worn sway arm bushings, front or rear stabilizer end link bushings worn. Use the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website to inspect for suspension noises and issues.
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,, or for the replacement parts.
  • tonymilton2002
    tonymilton2002 - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 6/17/2013
    Why my car steering shake at 65 miles i had a tie rod end replace on right and alimement done.on left side
    • Ray
      6/10/2013 Ray
      Sounds like the tires/wheels are out of balance.
    • Bill
      6/10/2013 Bill
      I'm not sure if you mean a 4 wheel alignment since you can't just align one wheel. And Jason is probably correct, both of us not knowing why a tie rod had to be replaced,maybe from an accident. The wheel rim could also be damaged or the tire itself. Move the front tires to the rear and vise versa and see if same problem.
    • tonymilton2002
      6/13/2013 tonymilton2002
      i had a front wheel alignmentand a tie rod replace on right front side.also i had the all the tires balance no car accident.
      6/13/2013 Ray
      You did not mention that the tires were balanced in your original description. Try rotating the tires as Bill suggested. If the steering wheel stops shaking, one of the tires is the problem.
    • tonymilton2002
      6/17/2013 tonymilton2002
      where is the purge vent value and charcoal cannister on my 1999 toyota corolla and can i replace them my self im going try to order them from rockauto.
      6/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      What solved the the shaking? Answer that first.
  • chu
    chu - 2003 Toyota Sequoia - Steering & Suspension - 6/13/2013
    Steering wheel vibrates at high speed
    Steering wheel vibrates at high speed
    • Jimm
      6/13/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; front wheels out-of-balance, faulty / worn front suspension component / bushing, tire tread separation / defect.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the Auto MD website for the specific steps to inspect the steering and suspension systems for vibration and worn components.
  • tonymilton2002
    tonymilton2002 - 1999 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 6/7/2013
    Myb car shake at 65 miles and hour when steer to left i had a steering are put on right side and alingment
    0 answer
  • bobby perkins
    bobby perkins - 1998 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 6/2/2013
    What makes your steering wheel shake (feels like something is bouncing) car veers to the left when I let go of steering
    Feels like wheel is shaking and bouncing.
    • stackcar
      6/2/2013 stackcar

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      6/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
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  • bamawolf43
    bamawolf43 - 2003 Toyota Tacoma - Steering & Suspension - 6/2/2013
    Why is my steering hard at times
    I have changed my power steering fluid with fresh ATF fluid as per toyota specs. The steering is usually hard after the truck is warm. And is most evident when going from chock to chock while sitting still. I suspect either the pump or the rack but which one? the ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      1. Look into the reservoir and check to see if there is any fluid flowing. There should be a swirling motion from fluid flowing in the reservoir.

      2. Turn the steering wheel to full lock. Check to see if there is noise from fluid pressure buildup.

      3. Check the pump inlet screen located in the reservoir for being restricted. Clean the screen very good carefully, by blowing compressed air and cleaner backwards into the reservoir.

      4. With the front wheels off the ground, move the wheels from full lock to full lock by moving the tires manually. Check for binding and excessive drag.

      6/2/2013 bamawolf43
      thank you i will do these things I have one more question though your number 2 suggestion is kinda vague. is the noise a good thing or a bad one. i do have this noise when I turn to full lock.
      thanks for your information it is greatly appreciated
      6/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      That would be a noise that sounds like the pump is under stress which could happen if the screen is clogged and not allowing full flow back to the pump
  • mrreliz7
    mrreliz7 - 1996 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 6/1/2013
    Front wheels steering need cv joints,passenger saide tie rods and lower arm reat control with bushing and passenger side
    my car has 204,000 miles on it and gets code po401 is a 1996 ttoyota camry also, I need to repair cv joints both sides, passenger side tie rods and control lower arm with bushings and driverside hub it wirth it or is the car a piece of junk dying ...
    • Jimm
      6/1/2013 Jimm
      With the year of the vehicle - these items are not uncommon to replace - typical wear and tear / age and mileage-related. In terms of the steering and suspension components - always buy new items, as you already have used ones on the car already - why mess with more used parts? Besides, for safety sake always get new parts for the steering and suspension systems.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse, or for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the replacement CV joint and axle halfshaft assembly from around $39.00 (each) for your vehicle.

      Here is the fault code P0401 information;
      P0401 = Insufficient EGR flow
      A code P0401 most likely means one or more of the following has happened:

      •The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor is faulty and needs to be replaced
      •There is a blockage in the EGR (tube), most likely carbon buildup
      •The EGR valve is faulty
      •The EGR valve may not be opening due to a lack of vacuum

      Possible Solutions:
      In fixing this code, it is quite common for people to just replace the EGR valve only to have the OBD code return. The EGR valve is not always the culprit. To determine the exact cause, follow these steps first;

      •Use a vacuum pump and pull the EGR valve open while monitoring engine RPM's & DPFE voltage. There should be a noticable difference in RPM's with the EGR open
      •Clean out the EGR valve and/or tubing to remove deposits
      •Check the voltage at the DPFE, compare to specified values (refer to a repair manual for your specific model)
      •Replace the DPFE sensor (with a good quality / OEM one)
      •Replace the EGR valve

      1. With the engine at operating temperature, take a hand-held vacuum pump and apply 1 pump of vacuum to the Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve and the engine should stall instantly.

      2. If the engine does not stall, the EGR passages are likely restricted. To clean the passages, remove the plate on top of the intake manifold and clean the EGR passages. Once the passages are clean, the engine should stall instantly when the EGR valve is activated.

      3. It is not likely to be a bad EGR valve so do not buy one. the passages are clogged. 99% probability
  • rrsg1
    rrsg1 - 2001 Toyota Solara - Steering & Suspension - 6/1/2013
    How do i get a softer ride
    I just got new 17 inch wheels and tires for my 2001 Toyota Solara. I noticed that now with the larger wheels, my ride is harder compared to the softer ride with the old 15 inch wheels. Is there a way i can soften the ride with the new 17 inch wheels ?
    • Jimm
      6/1/2013 Jimm
      The larger wheels will definitely make the suspension and car ride harder - stiffer and smaller sidewalls on the larger diameter tires equates to giving up some ride quality. You can try a different strut and shock combination - but other than going with the orginal 15" size wheels made for your vehicle - you are limited in your options.
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/1/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have definitely lost the softness of your ride for good. I know larger wheel diameters and tires are all the rage among young people's mods but I say why? What is the gain? Besides just "bragging rights"? Ton of money spent. The tires wear terrible and now it rides like a one ton truck. The ride is all in the tires. Changing shocks and struts will not change it at all so don't throw money at that. Go back to 15" custom wheels and top tier Michelin tires like an LX4 and you will get a ride like a Caddy.
  • jerryatalig5
    jerryatalig5 - 2005 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 5/16/2013
    My car makes a loud noise every time I hit a pot hole
    • Jimm
      5/15/2013 Jimm
      Need more information - is there any question related to this statement? Seriously, my vehicle makes a loud noise if I hit a pothole - so I try to avoid them.
      Is there some issue or problem related to driving over potholes that you need help with?
    • frankiedonnn
      5/16/2013 frankiedonnn
      It could be something loose in the suspension or an exhaust strap broken.Drive it up on a pair of ramps and inspect for broken exhaust mounting or transmision mount.
  • molinesteven
    molinesteven - 2003 Toyota Sequoia - Steering & Suspension - 4/29/2013
    Shock and strut
    I have 160k miles on my original shocks and struts. My tires have normal wear. Is my Sequoia ready for new shocks and struts? If so, are the Monroe Quick-strut Shock Absorber and Strut Assemblies the better value if I'm planning to keep my Sequoia until the rapture.
    • Jimm
      4/29/2013 Jimm
      Usually, the shocks and struts typically last around 36 - 50k miles. Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front struts from around $59.00 each (Monroe pn 71859) for your vehicle. Be sure to get the lifetime warranty as long as you plan to keep the vehicle.
      4/29/2013 CVO
      O'Reilly has a $120.00 dollars rebates for the shocks when you buy all in 4.Expires 4/30/2013