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Toyota 4Runner, Tires, Wheels, Suspension, SUV
#120 of 169 Re: My 2007 Sport V8 4Runner has big time resonant vibration! [climb14er]
May 31, 2007 (12:39 pm)
Because of this forum I immediately went to some highway driving and, lo and behold, had the "shimmy" that you guys were talking about. I immediately emailed Toyota on Toyota.com and they emailed the local dealership who then called me to set up an appointment to check this out. They replaced the Dunlops with Bridgestones and now the problem is gone (plus the Bridgestones are much better tires according to my brother who used to work in the tire business). I will keep my eyes opened to all of this and let everyone know how this progresses in the future. It is the least I could do. It makes me wonder how many people are just dealing with the vibration instead of complaining about it. You don't spend that kind of maney everyday - Toyota needs to get it right!!
#121 of 169 Re: TSB for Vibrations "Highway Speed Steering 'Flutter'" [jim58]
Jun 02, 2007 (7:24 am)
The procedure for fixing the steering rack assembly is about 46 steps. The TSBs are not normally available on the internet, but sites like alldata.com and others have all the TSBs and repair procedures. I have found them useful. Unfortunately, I found this TSB after the warranty had expired. Like everyone else, I do plan on making a complaint with the NHTSA.
#122 of 169 Re: TSB for Vibrations "Highway Speed Steering 'Flutter'" [drex1]
Jun 07, 2007 (1:58 pm)
Yep, the lady at the NHSTB ?? was real nice and encourage me to file the complaint against Toyota. She said at some point if they had enough, or enough within a certain time frame, they would start recall requirement action!! In the mean time, the vibration (buzzing) on my steering wheel keeps getting worse. Again, I see some postings here that are clearly tire balance problems. Believe me, I've had my share of them over the period of the last 30 or 40 years but this IS NOT a tire problem. If it was a tire problem, the whole vehicle would shake and again, this is felt ONLY in the steering wheel.
From all the posts here and what I have found elsewhere, Toyota is aware of this but trying to avoid a very costly recall or less, having to fix all the vehicles that were reported in warranty. If they have to recall, then all of us will get their cars fixed, maybe!
Keep supplying information here, I have since referred my stuff to a local attorney to see if there is a case we can pursue against both Toyota and the arbitration company. . .
#123 of 169 Vibration in Front End
Jun 08, 2007 (4:42 am)
I realize there is a TSB on this but also some have fixed the problem by changing tires. One possibility may be the balance of the wheels and tires. Most places only place weights on the outside of the wheel which does not dynamically balance the wheel. Try having them balanced by a dealer that dynamically balances with weights on both inside and outside of the wheels on a machine that can sense the imbalance in this axis. This is especially important with the wide wheels we have now.
#124 of 169 Re: Vibration in Front End [mike805]
Jun 08, 2007 (6:25 am)
Mike, thanks for the post but again, the problem I have is NOT in the tires. I read back and see that I left off the comment that the vibration is still present even when the brake is held and the engine rev to the normal vibration points. (Yeah, I know, but Toyota's own senior service rep told me to try it)
I have tried everything I can think of and any good ideas others have offered and nothing fixes the problem and nothing points to the tires being the problem.
There is a real coverup going here since the arbitration hearing was lost. Now Toyota service managers in other dealerships, once they log in the VIN number, all at once switch sides, from wanting to help the consumer, to protecting Toyota. They have driven the vehicle and claim that they cannot feel the vibration!!! Now, it is not just me and my wife but anyone who drives it can feel it, EXCEPT Toyota employees. Go figure.
#125 of 169 Buzzing Steering Wheel
Jun 10, 2007 (10:04 am)
My 2006 Limited has the same problem....a buzzing steering wheel from 1500-2000 rpm when my foot is on the accelerator. I took it in last week, left it there the whole day and the service manager told me that 2 different people drove it and "could not duplicate." He invited me to bring it back and ride with the technician so they were sure of what the problem is. Based on everything I have read here, I am not sure it's worth my time. The vehicle is leased and this is one I will NOT buy at the end of the lease.
#126 of 169 Re: Buzzing Steering Wheel [pec1970]
Jun 12, 2007 (8:39 am)
SURE!!! That is the first thing Toyota Techs learn if they go to training is "unable to duplicate". That saves them a lot of costly warranty work and is intended to make the customer believe that they are imaging the problem and that he is a nusiance by contining to bring the vehicle back for the same problem. I encourage everyone to call the NHSTB and file a complaint and when enough complain, they will start process to order Toyota to recall these vehicles. It may not be a problem now but think about it!! What will you do when the vehicle is out of warranty and it comes time to trade or sell the vehicle? If the potential buyer or dealer drives it and surely will feel the vibration and won't want it because of the vibration!!
Keep posting anybody who has found a solution or has a similiar problem.
#127 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [brock1313]
Jun 21, 2007 (4:14 am)
Brock and for all with vib problems. I recently purchased a 03 4runner. It had 85,000 miles on it and needed some minor maint because of a used car. I did brakes which had bad rotors and fixed all that, then I greased the drive lines. Then my wife started complaining about a vib coming from the steering wheel. Well this was not there before I greased the drivelines so I took the zerks out of the slip shafts and let the overgreased grease out. I did this several times before the car went back to normal no vib. Maybe the dealers are putting too much grease in the slip joints to cause the vib. My car does not vibrate. Hope this helps all that are having problems.
#128 of 169 Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds
Jun 21, 2007 (4:46 am)
I have a 2006 4Runner and parked in mud maybe 2 inches deep. When I pulled out on to the highway I had vibrations in the steering which continued for a full 10 miles at 60-70 MPH before it went away. Apparently the steering is very sensitive to imbalance and it took that long to sling all the mud off the tires. If I had let the mud dry before driving I expect the vibrations would have continued.
#129 of 169 Re: Vibrations while driving at freeway speeds [steve146]
Jun 21, 2007 (6:12 am)
Was the steering wheel shakeing left and right or buzzing? The 'buzz' is what I feel and it is enough to numb my hands during a long drive. I know about drive line vibrations and mud on tires causing imbalance but this problem Toyota has with the 4 Runners if mostly fleetwide and they know about it but elect to deny it.