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#44 of 48 Vibration of Toyota Solara 2008
Jun 03, 2010 (11:32 am)
I have a new 2008 Toyota Solara which I bought last year as brand new. This car has 1400 miles total on it! A couple weeks ago I started to experience an intermittent intense vibration/shaking of the car at any speed. It first occurred on a road that I was moving about 35-40 mph. I slowed down and it was still a problem. It comes and goes with out any warning or know precipitator. I feel an intense vibration in the steering wheel and the entire front of the car. The rear view mirror ivbrates so intensely I can not even see out of it. I also hear a loud roar/drum like noise when it vibrates.
My Toyota dealer has the car. They have claimed they have never heard of this issue. But I see here there is a TSB as well as many posts. Has anyone else experienced what I am experiencing. If so, what was the fix? According to the TSB it is the front end suspension. Has anyone had this issue, had the suspension fixed and did it/not resolve the shaking/vibrating?
Would really like to figure this out. Can anyone help me?
#45 of 48 Re: Vibration of Toyota Solara 2008 [gnat58]
Jun 03, 2010 (2:17 pm)
my vibration is more like a"float/wheels not firmly planted on pavement" and comes at high speed---say above 60and .very noticable 65/75 and above---also car is not firm ? when going into curves /off ramps ,etc---
i was directed to a service bulletin issued to toyota dealers which i have at home/am away for another week or so--
but if you scroll thru the messages here you may find the reference---if not go to click and clack and check their site----i may have been given info there---
but your problem sounds like it's something other than what i experience---have not taken car to dealer so no idea what dealers do/or don't---driving my '95 camry---better ride---
if you don't find the service bulletin reference let me know and i'll try to find it in my email/files,etc---
#46 of 48 HID Headlight Problem Diagnostics - Toyota Solara
Sep 04, 2011 (5:24 pm)
I have a 2008 Toyota Solara SLEv6 with 41k miles.
The passenger side low-beam HID bulb is not working properly.
I'm a DOYer by nature and would like to diagnose and fix the problem myself.
From the little I was able to find on the internet on this, I cannot tell if it's going to be easy or hard to access the bulb(s) and/or ballast(s) and/or relay(s).
So, before I knock myself out trying to fumble with this on my own, I thought I'd check to see if anyone out there in Edmunds-land has had any experience with any of this.
First, the symptoms: When I turn the headlamps (HID) on, the passenger side bulb turns on for just a few seconds, and then turns off. It seems that when it is on for those few seconds, the intensity is lower than it should be. I can flick the lights off, then on again, and the same thing happens. It'll light up for just a few seconds.
I've already verified that the FUSES are all good. Each bulb has it's own dedicated fuse.
From that information, I don't know if it's the bulb, the ballast, or the relay?
Here are the steps I'd LIKE to take:
1) Swap the passenger/driver bulbs. If the DS fails, then I need a new bulb. FINIS!
2) Swap the PS/DS relays. If the DS fails, then I need a new relay. FINIS!
3) Swap the PS/DS ballasts. If the DS fails, then I need a new ballast. FINIS!
If, after all of that, the DS continues to work, then I probably have a wiring or connection problem and I'll have to (gulp) resort to bringing it to an "expert" to fix.
But I'm still not sure how easy or hard it might be to access ANY of these items - bulb, ballast, relay. I would imagine the relay is easily accessible, so perhaps I should start with that item.
I was able to easily open the plastic cover over the bulb housing. But I didn't attempt anything else since I have not seen any diagrams or videos or description on how to remove/install the bulb.
Any experiences you'd like to share will be helpful.
#47 of 48 Re: HID Headlight Problem Diagnostics - Toyota Solara [solaraman2003]
Aug 25, 2012 (6:03 am)
I have an 07 solara convertible with headlights that intermittently shut off. Did you find out what needed to be fixed? Any suggestions?
#48 of 48 Ticking Noise
Aug 23, 2012 (4:44 pm)
I started my wife's 2008 SLE Convertible the other day and noticed a ticking sound coming from the engine that I hadn't heard before. It lasted about a minute and then went away. The car has not been started in about a week because my wife was out of town. She is back now and has resumed her daily use of the car. So far no more ticking sounds. Could it have been valve or lifter noise because the oil had drained from the heads while sitting idle for a week or maybe some carbon or dirt on a valve that dislodged as the engine heated up? I will add that the car is serviced regularly and I checked the oil level to make sure it was at the mark and it was. Anybody else had this issue?