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#1409 of 1560 1996 Celica GT
Oct 07, 2006 (3:34 pm)
We just bought a 1996 Celica GT with 93000 miles on it. There is a thumping (sounds like a flat tire) sound coming from the left rear tire area. The tires need replacing, but are not extremely worn. The car did have its 90K mile service done (timing belt(s)- water pump, etc.). What could this noise be? I searched and found some replies for CV joints, wheel bearings? Should we take it to a general mechanic (who is not Toyota mechanic, but has a great rep with friends) or go to a Toyota dealer or to a tire place? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is our son's first car so we want to get it fixed properly. Without a definite diagnosis, do you think this is going to be a very expensive repair? Thanks again!
#1410 of 1560 Re: 1996 Celica GT [imagine2]
Oct 09, 2006 (11:47 am)
Well, if the noise is coming from the rear, I don't see how it would be the CV joints (since those are associated with the front half-shafts; part of the FWD drivetrain).
It could be wheel bearings; but I had similar noises (if I understand you correctly) on my car and it was due to uneven tire wear (the rear tires were cupped or scalloped around the inside edge).
If you've got access to a general mechanic that you trust, it sounds like that would be a good source for a diagnosis. I doubt the sound is anything particularly specific to Celicas.
It's amazing how much quieter a car can be after the tires are replaced. However, IF the tires are the problem (due perhaps to uneven wear), you might want to find out from the mechanic what caused the uneven wear. With a car that age, you may have a worn shock absorber which allows the tire to bounce up and down unnecessarily causing uneven wear.
I hope this helps.
#1411 of 1560 Re: 1996 Celica GT [rorr]
Oct 09, 2006 (6:21 pm)
Well, our mechanic said the noise was from 4 badly worn out tires. We also need both the front axles replaced. Oh well, we got such a great deal on the car itself, we don't mind having to pay a bit to get it right! Now to replace the tires- what are the best /safest ( a mom talking here) tires to put on his car but keeping in his budget which is less than $100 per tire? Thanks so much for the help thus far!
#1412 of 1560 Re: 1996 Celica GT [imagine2]
Oct 10, 2006 (7:05 am)
Not unusual to have to replace CV joints (particularly on a 10-yr old car). If the rest of the car is fine mechanically, your son should be happy.
Tires - you might want to check tirerack.com. According to tirerack, the original size tire on the '96 Celica GT was a 205/55-15. Fortunately, you got LOTS of choices in that size. I don't know if you need something to handle snow or just a good all-season would do.
If an all-season is fine, you might consider the Yokohama AVID V4S. These have good wet traction and a pretty good wear rating and are supposed to be pretty quiet. They are not the best for all out dry traction but most tires with excellent dry traction will sacrifice somewhat their wet weather abilities and/or tire life (due to a softer compound). Tirerack lists these tires at $72 each and they are pretty common so you should be able to find them at a local store (try Discount tire).
#1413 of 1560 Re: 1996 Celica GT [imagine2]
Oct 15, 2006 (10:27 pm)
You may want to try Kumho ECSTA ASX all-season. About $80 per tire with 80,000-mile tread life. Kumhos generally have good consumer ratings.
I dont know if Kumho makes this tire in your size. However, the larger sizes are just as responsive as the Yokohama Advan, but quieter and last about 4 times longer.
All my children's cars have all season tires so they wont spin the car in the very rare rainy days in hot and dry California.
I have seen a brand-new Infinity sport coupe spun around in medium rain, smashed into freeway concrete divider, while driving at abut 60 MPH, right in front of me on straight, level and wide open freeway. The driver was in complete shock, unable to back the car out of oncoming traffic.
Just think how easy it would be to spin the car off twisty mountain roads in rain or snow.
#1414 of 1560 Re: 1996 Celica GT [imagine2]
Oct 15, 2006 (10:44 pm)
The thumping noise, if happens when driving over bump, is likely to be a weak or leaky strut bottoming out on impact.
My older Celica GTS had the same problem after 85K miles. I replaced the rear struts and the thumps are gone. The car feels firmer, quieter, much smoother, and more stable at high speed, like 90 MPH on rough freeways.
The OEM struts at Toyota dealer are strangely cheaper than after- market brands. The dealer told me to hang on to the receipt, as he believes they come with life-time warranty. I just hope his belief is bigger than the General Manager's when I have to replace them again.
The OEM struts cost about $200 for the pair plus $70 installation at my local tire store. The guy was moaning that he lost beaucoup money, since he had to remove a few interior panels to install them.
#1415 of 1560 Re: 1996 Celica GT [peterpan99]
Oct 16, 2006 (4:00 am)
Peter, We did actually purchase the Kuomho ECSTA ASX all season tires for the car. I found them from the site mentioned, tirerack.com for 63.00 a piece, which I thought was a great deal. The car runs so nicely now. Turns out the other tires were so bad the cord was showing through! That itself probably made the sound on the pavement! Thanks again for everyone's help. I hope he gets lots of miles and enjoyment out of this car. It sure looks and feels like a keeper now.
#1416 of 1560 Re: Toyota Celica 2002 GTS- Clutch problems [pattio]
Oct 18, 2006 (1:01 pm)
I own girlfriend also owns a gts celica. I had to replace the clutch plate at the same time that pattio did. The output shaft assembly, 4 bearings, and 1st and 6th gear also were just replaced at 37,000 miles. I am trying to get in touch with other 2002-2005 gts celica owners to see if they have been experiencing the same problems. My e-mail is imablond87sbcglobal.net
#1417 of 1560 Re: Toyota Celica 2002 GTS- Clutch problems [imablond87]
Oct 20, 2006 (7:45 am)
Is this a widespread problem on the '02 to '05 models? What did Toyota change in the 6sp manual from the '00 models?
I've got an '00 Celica GTS w/ the 6spd with 140k miles on the odo. Original clutch; the only problems with the tranny is that it is somewhat balky about the 5-4 downshift. Otherwise, it's still fine.
#1418 of 1560 Thinking about buying a GT
Oct 21, 2006 (4:21 am)
What kind of fuel economy do they get? Do they live up to the Toyota standard of reliability? Is there anything about the car I should know before buying one?