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#612 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [dlxray]
Aug 23, 2004 (4:29 am)
I have an 04 Limited V6 and mine rides as smooth as glass - no vibration, no shaking steering wheel. I test drove 3 different Runners and noticed that on one test drive, one of the vehicles that had the Dunlops had some vibration/shimmy in the steering wheel. Luckily, my truck came with the Michelins and I've had zero problems.
Of course, and this has been discussed before, 4Runner tires should be balanced using the Hunter 9700 Force Variation balancer. This is pretty much the only machine that will solve the problems. I had a 2000 Limited 4Runner that vibrated and shook from day one. I went to 3 different dealers and none could solve the problem. I even bought new tires and wasted my money like an idiot. Talk about frustration - I had a brand new truck, nobody can solve the problems and I'm ready to kill someone. I finally went to Discount Tire because I did some research and read about the Hunter 9700 and found out that Discount Tire used that machine. Bingo, problem solved. It turned out that two of the wheels were slightly warped. Toyota covered them under warranty.
Now, I ONLY go to a shop that uses the 9700 when I get my tires rotated and balanced.
Hope that helps. If you need more info, I think the web site is hunter.com or something like that.
#613 of 2607 Roof Rack 2003 Sport
Aug 23, 2004 (5:47 am)
I need to buy a 25 - 30 foot extension ladder. Anybody used the roof racks on their 4-Runners to get one home? Owner's manual says not carry anything over a 120 lbs, so I should be okay there.
I plan on using some old carpet on the cross rails and tie the ladder down with bunggy cords. Any further suggestions would be appreciated.
Aug 23, 2004 (7:14 am)
I've driven over 50,000 miles with canoes on my roof, and it's been my experience that bungee cords and rubber straps fail more often than rope. Can't beat a trucker's hitch although lots of people like straps with cam buckles.
#615 of 2607 re: Roof Rack
Jan 15, 2004 (3:30 pm)
I lugged a 24' extension ladder on top and had no problems. I used the straps with a ratchet lock (What's a truckers hitch Steve?). I wouldn't try it with bungee cords because of their elasticity.
Just curious. My 2000 Ltd factory roof rack has a 165lb weight limit. Anyone know why the limit dropped off so much?
#616 of 2607 Re: Planning to buy 4Runner [ramza39]
Aug 23, 2004 (8:18 pm)
I bought a 04 V8 SRS 4Runner early 2004 and have been stuck with a problem since then -- annoying humming noise from transmission at or above 72 mph. Brought back to dealers many times but got no fix; some said the noise is normal, some even claimed the noise cannot be heard. If you do decide on a 4Runner, here is my (hard-learned) advice: test drive at least 3 different 4runners on both local and highway and then choose the best one. Do not be fooled by the sales: "the 4Runner is a quality product (many of them are!) and Toyota is fully backing its product". The truth is that not all 4Runners have been created equal and, when it unfortunately has a problem, it is hard to get the problem fixed from the dealer -- they usually deny the existence of the problem or claim the problem is normal. Good luck on your purchase!
#618 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [biglatka]
Aug 24, 2004 (3:15 am)
I have the Dunlop Grand Treks. I have read many different complaints on this problem and I even drove a newer 4Runner that had Michelins on it and that also shook the wheel on the highway! I cannot beleive that Toyota can't resolve this.
#619 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [dlxray]
Aug 24, 2004 (6:32 am)
I have the GrandTreks on my 04 as well. I had a shimmy/vibration after a wheel balance. I eventually had the tires re-balanced using a more advanced balancing machine. The GrandTreks do not seem like very good tires, but the recent specialized balance seems to be a major improvement.
#620 of 2607 Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [woodyr1]
Aug 24, 2004 (6:54 am)
Do you notice the shimmy only at certain mph? Mine shakes at 59, 64, 68 mph... after 70 mph the shake can be felt in the seat. I don't know what to do any more. The truck was $38,000 and I'm disgusted! Maybe I can get the dealer to change the tires. ???
#621 of 2607 RE: Re: 04 Steering Vibration & Vehicle Decent Jerky motion [biglatka] by
Aug 24, 2004 (10:26 am)
I don't see why everyone seems to put down the Dunlop Grand Trek tires. I have over 18000 miles on mine and don't experience any shake, shimmy, or otherwise abnormal tire wear. Perhaps the predominant problem is the need for tire balancing, which has been previously suggested.