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Old 01-23-2013, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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91 Camry front end shake

The title is not exactly descriptive, but this is the situation. My wife had the car towed home because she was afraid to drive the car. I drove the car for several miles with no problems, flat surface, hills and valleys, straight and with curves. All of a sudden the steering wheel started feeling like something was moving the steering wheel about a half inch and then letting it go. Then I noticed that it only happened on trailing throttle. As long as the motor was pulling, it didn't happen. I was hoping to see something broke in the front suspension, but no luck. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Check your power steering belt and fluid.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Check your power steering belt and fluid.
the fluid is fine and the belt is on but I haven't checked it for tightness.

What it feels like is as if an axle has shifted out of it's socket and is out of balance. After jacking up the car, I checked the axles and nothing seems to be loose.

It also seemed to have to warm up before failing.

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With the wheels jacked up, did you check for play with your hands on the tires at 9:00 and 3:00 o'clock positions? This will check for play in the rack and inner tie rods. Also check for play with your hands at the 6:00 and 9:00 o'clock positions. Turn the steering wheel from stop to stop and check for smooth operation.
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With the wheels jacked up, did you check for play with your hands on the tires at 9:00 and 3:00 o'clock positions? This will check for play in the rack and inner tie rods. Also check for play with your hands at the 6:00 and 9:00 o'clock positions. Turn the steering wheel from stop to stop and check for smooth operation.
I did check at 9:00 and 3:00 but did not check at 6:00 and 3:00 or turning the steering wheel from stop to stop. Will try after the storm passes and it warms up a bit.

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it makes me wonder how the car was towed. flatbed or raised and hauled on 2 wheels? if it was hauled up on a flatbed, its possible that the hook used to move the car to the wrecker may have bent something. but it having to warm up first before the problem starts makes no sense at all.
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The car was towed because of the problem.
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i think you misunderstood my question. i know the car was towed, but was it hauled up on a flatbed with a hook or was it driven up the ramp? the reason i am asking is the hook COULD have been misplaced and maybe have bent something while towing the weight ofthe car up the incline of the ramp.

if it was towed with the older wreckers that pull the car on 2 wheels, then i dont see how it would have done anything to the car.
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i think you misunderstood my question. i know the car was towed, but was it hauled up on a flatbed with a hook or was it driven up the ramp? the reason i am asking is the hook COULD have been misplaced and maybe have bent something while towing the weight ofthe car up the incline of the ramp.

if it was towed with the older wreckers that pull the car on 2 wheels, then i dont see how it would have done anything to the car.
It was towed on two wheels.

I checked the power steering belt. It was tight but I tightened it a bit more.

The whole front end is now on jack stands. I do not see anything but will run it in drive tomorrow to see if anything shows up. Only one more day of nice weather.
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Ran car up on jack stands. There is a CV Joint with a split boot but it doesn't click when I turn a corner. I really do not see anything wrong. There is no play in the steering linkage or ball joints. As you can tell, I am stumped. One thing I did see that I thought was curious, with the car up on jack stands, the engine running and the transmission in Drive only the drivers wheel is driving(speedometer shows 15mph). The passengers side wheel is barely moving or not at all. Is this normal?
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Could the transmission be the problem? The fact that is has the problem after the car is driven for a while makes me suspicious.
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