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#2866 of 3858 Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration
May 29, 2007 (8:12 am)
My 2001 Corolla (125K km) has developed a steering vibration at speeds over 65 mph that I've read so much about in this forum. My mechanic tells me the front end is all good, but he did suggest that the sway bar links could need replacing. All the tires were new last year, and they show no signs of unusual wear. I pulled the driver's side front wheel and rotated it to the rear, and checked out the sway bar links on both sides. They look good and were certainly tight to the bar, but they appear to be more of a ball and joint type rather that the bushing type I expected to find. Anyone out there with this problem find a way to resolve it without spending $$$$ replacing things that "might" be the cause of the problem?
#2867 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [tcbin07]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 29, 2007 (8:24 am)
I don't see any relationship between sway bars and a steering vibration. I'm puzzled your mechanic would suggest such a thing.
If you get a vibration *at a certain speed* this is a rotational issue of some kind, which limits you to a) rotating wheels/tires; b) rotating axle shafts and c) rotating engine.
I've listed probably causes in sequence of most likely first.
#2868 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [Mr_Shiftright]
May 29, 2007 (1:15 pm)
Yeah, I was puzzled too. I didn't like his solution to this. Plus the sway bar links looked in good shape to me, which is why I asked for advice. I will rotate the tires front to back to see if that makes a difference. The tires on it right now were highly rated when we bought them, but a slight vibration was there with the winter tires we had on, just prior to switching to summers. The tires are definitely the easiest thing to check. Your second cause sounds expensive and I'm hoping I don't have to go there. Thanks for the help.
#2869 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [tcbin07]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 29, 2007 (1:32 pm)
Usually any vibration at a set and certain speed is tire related. Generally, axle vibrations will occur all through the speed range. As for harmonic vibrations coming from an engine, usually those are related to mounts, or to improper assembly after a clutch or transmission job.
good luck with it,
#2870 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [tcbin07]
May 29, 2007 (1:41 pm)
When you purchased the tires did you have them balanced?
#2871 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [tcbin07]
May 29, 2007 (6:54 pm)
I have the same problem with my 98 corolla, I tryed everything, they keep telling me its the cheap brand tires I have, that the corolla body is so sensitive it will feel every thing once the tires get worn some, they said I have to get a good brand set of tires that roll perfectly, the vibation is not real bad so I just am waiting till these cheap tires wear out before I go to the cost to buy good tires, I jack my front car off the ground , started the motor put it in low gear and study the tires rotation, they do seem to have a slight woble in them, but up to 1/8 woble is suppose to be aceptable and check my rims same way, and one strange thing, No matter what rim I put on the front left side ,it seems to woble more, where the right side does not,with switching the same rim, can't figure that out cause the axle and bearings all seems good, if any body has any answers I would like to hear them. I also have the same problem with my 97 Honda Accord.
#2872 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [kenym]
May 31, 2007 (6:40 am)
Absolutely. And the place we got them from is a reputable tire business. So I'm going to be very surprised if this ends up being just a tire problem.
#2873 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [tcbin07]
May 31, 2007 (7:19 am)
It really sounds like you have a rim that is out of round. It won't take much to cause that vibration.
#2874 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [tcbin07]
May 31, 2007 (9:43 am)
There are a certain number of tires (or batteries) in a lot that are not "quite right". The tires look good, are properly mounted and balanced but vibrate at a higher rate of speed.
I had that happen on a rental Chevy Malibu a couple of years ago. Brand new. The car ran great up to 45 mph. Over that, there was heavy vibration in the front tire.
#2875 of 3858 Re: Toyota Corolla Steering Vibration [jlawrence01]
May 31, 2007 (12:41 pm)
I hear ya. But don't they usually do a high speed balance on these things when they install them? I guess it's possible that some belt separation or distortion of some kind has occurred, but I'll bet there's less than 5000 km on the new tires. I'm going to make some inquiries as to the tires we bought, and find out if anyone in the family remembers dusting a curb.