What causes the car to vibrate?

Tiny
DJMALISK
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Toyota Camry LE 4 cylinder 1998, 116.000 miles.
"Alloy rims with weights from the inside!"
i have 2 questions?
1. Why when I drive around 50-60-70 mph my steering wheel vibrates and pulls on the right?
2. When I drive thru a bumps in the street, my front end makes some kind of noise, it sounds like there is Walnuts breaking on my front wheels of the car(in the tire section), it's a wierd noise? Ok, it sounds like a rubber basket filled with some hard candies and when u shake the basket filled with those candies u can hear that noise!
Please I need a litle help here?
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 AT 12:51 AM

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Tiny
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JAck the front end up and check for play in each wheel. Hold it at the 12 and 6 position and then at the 3 and 9 position. Use a push pull/action and make sure there is no movment. Also grab hold of the sway bar links and try to move them, no play should be there either.

If you didn't have the pulling, I would be more apt to think a wheel balance problem, but I am thinking a loose tie rod on this one. Don't put this off or you can loose control of the car if it lets go. Better to err on the side of caution.

The weights are put on the inside either for aesthetic purposes or the outer rim edge won't hold the weight.
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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 AT 7:22 AM
Tiny
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If steering is tight try swaping the frt tires, criss cross them, and see if the pull goes away, the crunching noise could be the strut bearings.
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Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 AT 3:04 AM
Tiny
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The sound you're describing sounds like the upper strut mounts (extremely common). Doubt this would cause that vibration though. That definetly sounds like a tire/wheel balance issue.

Also make sure to get the front lower control arm bushings checked. Another common problem and this can cause a vibration.
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Sunday, November 4th, 2007 AT 1:21 AM

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