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  • richard
    richard - 2012 Toyota 4Runner - Steering & Suspension - 3/20/2013
    Tire cupping
    Heal tow were
  • emsean3
    emsean3 - 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2013
    What is solution when the black wheels and tires vibrate over 50 mph
    have read a lot of threads in forums but no concrete idea on what fixes it and I am wanting to purchase this used 2011 fj and it has the black wheels, worried I will have problems, is there an easy fix if this problem arises?
    • Jimm
      3/19/2013 Jimm
      Usually, the imbalance is due to several possibilities; incorrect static balance, incorrect dynamic balance, bent rim, tire tread separated. If everything else checks OK, then you may consider to offer a price for the vehicle and offset (discount) by the amount required to repair the imbalance issue - keep in mind this may require an entire new set of wheels and tires - possibly several thousand dollars.
    • j_lanes44
      3/19/2013 j_lanes44
      I would agree with Jimm, also try to check the tire it self it may be oblong.
  • mikeyb9
    mikeyb9 - 1997 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2013
    I have a handicap scooter lift installed on the rear of my Camry but the car bottoms out. How can I raise the rear end?
    Is there a kit or air springs I can use, maybe coil spring extenders or something like that? Any ideas how to modify the rear end so it is raised about 4 inches more off the ground? Anything I find by google says it will not work on my vehicle HELP PLEASE!
    • TechSam
      1/23/2011 TechSam
      The best thing is to change the rear shocks with the air shocks that way you can pump air and raise the rear of your vehicle 3-5 inches.
      1/24/2011 mikeyb9
      Thanks Sam, But I cant seem to find airshocks that pump up to fit my Camry? Do you know of anyplace that carries them?
    • tomslick
      4/1/2011 tomslick
      u can add rubber spacers inbetweem spring coils might have to take top hat off to do it.or get stiffer springs.
    • neomyejohn
      3/19/2013 neomyejohn
      Just change the lift and get one that's designed for cars and comes with all the specifications you need. the problem is, you can't find one that will modify the scooter lift because that's how it is designed.
  • devonlemma
    devonlemma - 2003 Toyota Solara - Steering & Suspension - 3/18/2013
    What is the Clicking in front end when backing up or forward to park?
  • bsantiago2466
    bsantiago2466 - 2001 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 3/17/2013
    Every time i stop at a light or anywhere else the car start to tremble why ?
    • CVO
      3/17/2013 CVO
      Check the idle air control valve. Carbon deposits obstructed the air passages and that is the cause of the car stars to tremble.
      3/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Clean the throttle body and look up "idle relearn" for the 01 Corolla and read simple procedure.
  • Terence
    Terence - 1996 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 3/8/2013
    Loud repeating knock sound and virbation after rpm reach about 2000+
    Very lound repeating knock sound coming from the front wheel area. It sounds like something has been loose when the car is accelerating at 2000+. Also I can feel the car is virbation rapidly.
    • Jimm
      3/9/2013 Jimm
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for steps to inspect and determine the front wheel for the source of the noise / looseness and play. Usually, this would be the first step and involves raising the front end of the vehicle off the ground to suspend the front wheels - be sure to use jack stands to support the vehicle.

      Several possibilities; worn / faulty CV (constant velocity) jiont and halfshaft assembly, worn / faulty wheel / hub bearing. Check the many on-line parts sources;such as,, or For example, they (RockAuto) list the front axle assembly from around $39.00, and the wheel / hub bearing assembly from around $10.00 for your vehicle. Usually, the front axle assemblies and wheel bearings are replaced in pairs (both sides) due to the mileage / age / wear considerations.
  • phil
    phil - 1996 Toyota RAV4 - Steering & Suspension - 3/4/2013
    Power steering is pumping back out of the container
    Power steering fluid boiling out
    • Jimm
      3/1/2013 Jimm
      Most likely the issue is caused by clogged / kinked pressure or return hoses. Check the fluid flow to and from the steering pump - and as necessary, replace the steering hoses as a set (both the pressure and return hoses) due to mileage / age wear considerations.
      The issue may also be related to dirt / contamination inside the system, or a faulty steering rack and pinion unit. Try the flush and refill as the initial step to repair, then replace the hoses.
      Check the many different on-line auto parts sources; such as -, and for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the steering pressure hose from around $65.00 for your vehicle.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/4/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Clean power steering reservoir screen because it is clogged up. boom
  • Newme203
    Newme203 - 2003 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/17/2013
    Does this model require changing the timing Belt at 90,000 miles?
    My mechanic tells me it has no timing belt but the Toyota maintenance indicates that it does.
    • Jimm
      1/17/2013 Jimm
      No timing belt on the 1.8L engine - this model has a timing chain, with no recommended replacement intervals like the timing belt has.
      1/22/2013 Newme203
      Thank you so much for the feedback. It is very much appreciated. Would you know why the coils and serpentine belt would have to be changed twice in less than one year?
  • g.lee1591
    g.lee1591 - 1997 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 3/3/2013
    Why does my steering wheel shake so much when I'm driving 50-60mph?
    I ran my car into a curb (at about 20-30mph) - heard a loud thump. No damage to the hood or car, but the tire is somewhat separated from the rim on the front left tire.
    • Ray
      3/4/2013 Ray
      From your description, the LF tire is causing your problem.
  • tanesha_clay
    tanesha_clay - 1995 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 3/3/2013
    My steering wheel won't lock and I can't get my car started sometimes unless I move the wheel. What could cause this?
    Now I can only start my car if I move the wheel. Could my switch be messed up or is it something else?
    0 answer
  • chezdonna
    chezdonna - 2006 Toyota Camry - Steering & Suspension - 3/2/2013
    My car makes a clunking noise and feels like there is dragging when I step on the brake.
    • Bill
      3/2/2013 Bill
      Sounds like your brake pad has worn down to the metal and now is metal to metal with the rotor from your description
  • mad_bipper
    mad_bipper - 2008 Toyota Yaris - Steering & Suspension - 2/21/2013
    My steering wheel shakes and my right front tire wiggles, what's wrong with my car?
    Hit a curb with the right front tire, with the wheel turned all the way left, car was diagonal to curb, tire hit curb fairly parallel or flat, square 120,000 m. mileage. Happens hot or cold. Only while driving. Occurs all the time now, since the impact
    • Ray
      2/21/2013 Ray
      Need to inspect the tire, wheel, and suspension asap.
  • mmtorosdag
    mmtorosdag - 1996 Toyota Paseo - Steering & Suspension - 2/1/2013
    I changed the clutch in my 1996 Toyota Paseo and now my wheel alignment is messed up. How do I fix this?
    The wheel alignment is all messed up and now it veers to the left.
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/1/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It sounds like you have a CV axle that is not seated all the way into the tranny or something related.
  • ginovina
    ginovina - 2007 Toyota Tundra - Steering & Suspension - 2/1/2013
    How hard and how much to replace front left ball joint? Is it necessary to replace it ASAP or can it be delayed a littl
    It is making a clicking sound when I turn. Also audible while on the freeway.
    • Jimm
      2/1/2013 Jimm
      The front lower ball joint is a bolt-in unit. Once the wheel and tie rod is removed, then the spindle is separated - the ball joint is simply unbolted and the new one installed. Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front lower ball joint from around $33.00 for your vehicle.
  • dsfurrow
    dsfurrow - 1995 Toyota Corolla - Steering & Suspension - 1/28/2013
    Ps belt slips when turning - squeals - belt is tight
    Have replaced the PS pump, belt, - tried belt dressing. Been fighting this for a while - oil does not smell burnt.
    • Joe Boulay
      1/28/2013 Joe Boulay
      It is not uncommon for the harmonic balancer ( lower crankshaft pulley) to fail on these cars. There is a rubber insulator between the outer metal and inner metal portion that dry rots. So with that said the outer portion breaks away and starts to spin independently. Causing a squeal type noise. Hope this helps you.
      Joe Boulay
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