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#1281 of 2607 2005 4Runner High Freq Vibration
Oct 04, 2005 (11:46 am)
I just bought a 2005 Toyota 4Runner V8 4WD. Driving home from the dealer I noticed a high frequency vibration in the steering wheel that only occurs when accelerating. No vibration at all when coasting at any speed. There is no discernible movement of the steering wheel but just a regular "buzz-like" vibration in my hands and I can feel the blinker "buzzing" with vibration as well. I didn't notice it when test driving but now its really irritating. I've seen some of the discussion on this forum about vibration issues but haven't seen anything like this that is not a function of speed and goes away when coasting. Any ideas on what could be causing this?
Oct 05, 2005 (11:17 am)
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#1285 of 2607 Re: Brakes [wulffman1]
Oct 05, 2005 (3:01 pm)
I had a big scare the other day driving my 2004 4Runner on a rain soaked highway when my brakes, steering and power all seemed to fail all at once! This has happened once before but it wasn't on an Interstate highway. I called the dealership and they were good enough to call back with some possible answers.
Of course they also requested I bring the vehicle in however, I'm not sure they could duplicate the situation. Here is what happened...
I was driving back to my office from a client meeting 25 miles away. The drive was very wet in both directions. The problem first showed up as I exited onto a newly constructed fly over that would drop me down onto I-95 in Jacksonville FL. As I climbed the fly over at 60 mph the steering seemed odd and I thought the vehicle was beginning to hydroplane. The entire fly over is apx. 1/5 mile. I merged onto the Interstate and was getting uncomfortable with my vehicles response to the road.
Within moments of getting onto I-95 the car seemed to leave the road, steering and brakes failed, I even think power failed. I also heard an emergency beeping noise from the dash. My 4Runner traveled 30 to 50 yards without real contact to the road. Thankfully all the traffic was behind me and in front of me. I only crossed one lane and never spun out of control. After regaining power and control I moved off the Interstate and onto the emergency lane where I continued to drive and regain composure. The tires are original and not bald (but have wear).
Anyone with some answers or a similar situation?
#1286 of 2607 Re: dlrjaz [tidester]
Oct 05, 2005 (3:48 pm)
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#1287 of 2607 Re: Brakes [kloftus]
Oct 05, 2005 (4:43 pm)
kloftus...sounds like hydroplaning to me. If during the previous incident the roadway was also wet, I'd say you were going too fast for the conditions. Just my opinion, so don't take it personally. The 4Runner's safety systems response appears to have acted as they should have.
#1288 of 2607 Re: Brakes [canddmeyer]
Oct 05, 2005 (4:58 pm)
Thanks for the reply.
I was not exceeding the speed limit, infact I slowed the vehicle down to a speed under 60 mph well before I lost control of steering. I was driving the same speed as the rest of the traffic. The dealership explained that belts associated with the steering rack could have been wet and resulted in some of the problems. I'm not certain what could have been the primary cause I just did my best to try and deal with it for almost one mile before it got really serious.
#1289 of 2607 Re: dlrjaz [kloftus]
Oct 05, 2005 (8:55 pm)
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#1290 of 2607 Re: Brakes [kloftus]
Oct 06, 2005 (5:22 am)
You can be under the speed limit and still be driving too fast for the conditions. If there was heavy ponding on the road or if it was oily then you may well have hydroplaned.
Your steering didn't fail. It continued to control the front wheels. The problem was that the front wheels were no longer in effective contact with the ground. The spin control system detected that you were losing control. The brakes and engine did not fail. Instead, they were working to try to control the truck, by reducing throttle and selectively applying the brakes.
Slow down in bad conditions.