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#2917 of 3315 having problems with my matrix
Aug 11, 2005 (12:45 pm)
hi! I have a Toyota matrix 2004. At 30000 something miles i heard shhh sounds at the front end of the car.. so i brought it to the dealer and they said i need a wheel alignment but still the sound was there, so they told me that i should get new tires because it's thinning out and the sound came from the tire. After a month, I had discount tires installed goodyear yokohama (is this a good tire for it??). After the tires were installed, the noise was still there so, i had discount tire tire rebalance it three times and then again it didnt seem to go away so i went back to the dealer stating my problen and told me that discount tires don't know how to balance them so im letting them balance it for me.. currently im waiting for results. I dont know a lot about cars.. but i dont know what to do with it. Do you have any answers?? And oh. aside from the noise it shimmies when i go towards 60..
#2918 of 3315 Re: having problems with my matrix [smith16]
Aug 12, 2005 (2:12 pm)
I liked the Yokahama tires that came on our '89 Nissan so much that I went out of my way to buy them again when the originals needed to be replaced. I think they should work well on a Matrix.
#2919 of 3315 Re: having problems with my matrix [smith16]
Aug 20, 2005 (8:31 am)
Maybe your rim is bent...
#2920 of 3315 Concern: Very High Injury Loss for Matrix
Aug 21, 2005 (7:21 am)
While researching the Matrix for possible future purchase I was dismayed to learn that the Matrix was rated the worst of all small stations wagons by the Highway Loss Data Institute.
Quote: "Injury losses indicate the relative frequencies of injury claims per insured
vehicle year..." The Matrix rating was 131 - Substanially Worse Than Average. This data was for the 2001-2003 period. I'm curious whether any safety enhancements have been added to the car since 2003. Comments?
#2921 of 3315 Re: Concern: Very High Injury Loss for Matrix [jpmccormac]
Aug 21, 2005 (9:19 am)
Makes me wonder how reliable the information is. The Matrix wasn't available until March-April 2002 (as a 2003 model). There weren't that many on the road in 2002, none in 2001 and maybe enough to judge in 2003. How can a proper (2001-2003) rating be assessed?
#2922 of 3315 Re: having problems with my matrix [smith16]
Aug 21, 2005 (11:06 pm)
Does the shhhh sound go away when the brakes are applied? If it does that may be the wear indicator which means you should have the brake pads checked for wear. Front pads should last more than 30k but it is possible they are worn out. Sometime crap can build up around the pad and make noise by rubbing on the rotor, not common but I have seen it happen.
As for the shimmy I know that my 2005 matrix needs to have the axle shaft bolts checked every 5000 miles per the owners manual. Perhaps one is just a little loose. Does it click while turning sharply right or left in a parking lot? Could be a bad axle shaft. At 30K a boot(axle shaft) could have torn and let dirt in.
hope this helps
#2923 of 3315 Re: having problems with my matrix [smith16]
Aug 22, 2005 (5:20 am)
Sounds like something is rubbing against the tire or the wheel. I don't think a wheel balance or alignment has anything to do with a shushing sound. Did you have the brakes checked?
#2924 of 3315 Re: Concern: Very High Injury Loss for Matrix [jpmccormac]
Aug 23, 2005 (7:44 am)
Just what is the Highway Loss Data Institute measuring in this study? I just did a quick Google search with the keywords "crash test" and "Toyota Matrix" and discovered that at least the 2005 Matrix fares pretty well in crash tests. (Some of the sites that come up are competing forums, so I unfortunately can't list them here. You'll need to do this search for yourself.)
The previous post's point is well taken that there could not be a huge sample of Matrixes in the study for the period covering 2001-03. And the wording of the quote makes me think that the study really is not an indication of vehicle safety. For example, you could have a very safe vehicle involved in more crashes than the average car (maybe because the vehicle in question tends to be driven by younger and less experienced drivers). So there could easily be a greater frequency of injury claims when compared to another vehicle that doesn't do as well on crash tests but that also is involved in fewer accidents.
Aug 28, 2005 (5:56 pm)
Can I repace the standard 205/55R16 tires with 205/50R16?
#2926 of 3315 Re: Tire size [jaembe]
Aug 29, 2005 (2:16 am)
The 205/50R16's will have less load carrying capacity. Overloaded tire failures are not pretty sights!