2003 Toyota Echo • 4 cylinder FWD Automatic • 113,000 miles
My front end shakes, in the steering wheel and now starting into the seat it does it the most when going over 55mph. I brought it to the dealership and they said it was the axel, replaced it and now it does it worse. I've replaced struts, shocks, front brakes and roters and had a alignment and tires balanced. I'm at a loss what to do now. i have 113,000 miles on the car
March 9, 2011.
March 9, 2011.
For some things to look at, start with a broken belt in a tire. Real bad ones will show up on the tire balancer, however, they have protective hoods that must be lowered for the tire to spin so the mechanic might not have seen the tire tread wobble unless he knew to look for it. It is also possible to have a broken belt that can not be easily seen because the tread wears flat. You have to watch the grooves in the tread for signs of irregularity. Rotate the tires front-to-back. If the feel of the shimmy changes, suspect a tire belt. A good tire and alignment shop can find that. Most shops also have a "road force" balancer that puts about 700 pounds of force on the tire to check for irregularities. Inspect the engine mounts. If the rubber is deteriorated in one of them or if the metal insert in the middle is broken it will allow that end of the engine to sag. That can severely change the angle of the half shaft and cause the shaft to hit the housing of the inner cv joint as it rotates. The clue is how fast the shimmy occurs. If you feel it about once per tire revolution, suspect a tire. If the problem is related to a half shaft, the shaking will occur three times per tire revolution.
Mar 9, 2011.
Mar 9, 2011.
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