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02 Camry vibrate at 70+ MPH, Ideas?

Hello everyone, I had a dilemma I was wondering if you could help me diagnose on my 02 Camry.

02 Camry SE, 4 Cyl, Auto
68k Miles

Since I've owned this car (for about a year now), at 70+ mph, the steering wheel starts to vibrate, as well as my legs on the floorboard a bit. Not awful, but enough to really annoy me. If I have bottled water in the cup holder, I can definitely see the vibrations. The strangle thing is, the vibration seems to be worse on certain days.

Since I've owned it, there has been a new set of wheels and tires put on the car (balanced when put on wheels). I've put a new set of rotors and pads on all four wheels. I've flushed and replaced the transmission fluid. And most recently, a four wheel alignment and full tire balance.

The problem still exists, at 70-80mph, the wheel still vibrates. Can you please give me suggestions on what it could be so I can get it taken care of? I really would like to get this figured out.

The only thing I can think of is that it is possibly a bad wheel bearing, tiny bend in one of the front axles? Any suggestions or troubleshooting ideas would be really helpful. Do you think the dealer would be able to at least diagnose the problem if I were to take it to Toyota? Thanks for all the help!!
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New rotors, wheels, tires. That's about everything that is moving except the half axles. My next step is to put the whole car up on jack stands, remove both front tires, start and run the car up to and past 70 and see if you are seeing any vibration with no wheels attached to the drive axles. If you still have a problem then one of the half axles is out of balance. Then you reattach one wheel and block it and spin it up again and see if the remaining axle is out of balance. If not, reverse the procedure.

If neither half axle seems at fault, swap tires around and see if you can find one wheel that is more problematic than another.

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You mentioned there has been a new set of wheels. Did the vibration exist before or after you have the new wheels. If it didn't vibrate before and only happen after the new wheels then try put on those hub centric rings.

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Hello everyone, I had a dilemma I was wondering if you could help me diagnose on my 02 Camry.

02 Camry SE, 4 Cyl, Auto
68k Miles

Since I've owned this car (for about a year now), at 70+ mph, the steering wheel starts to vibrate, as well as my legs on the floorboard a bit. Not awful, but enough to really annoy me. If I have bottled water in the cup holder, I can definitely see the vibrations. The strangle thing is, the vibration seems to be worse on certain days.

Since I've owned it, there has been a new set of wheels and tires put on the car (balanced when put on wheels). I've put a new set of rotors and pads on all four wheels. I've flushed and replaced the transmission fluid. And most recently, a four wheel alignment and full tire balance.

The problem still exists, at 70-80mph, the wheel still vibrates. Can you please give me suggestions on what it could be so I can get it taken care of? I really would like to get this figured out.

The only thing I can think of is that it is possibly a bad wheel bearing, tiny bend in one of the front axles? Any suggestions or troubleshooting ideas would be really helpful. Do you think the dealer would be able to at least diagnose the problem if I were to take it to Toyota? Thanks for all the help!!
Have you tried a wheel alignment? Usually recommended after a while.
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Have you tried a wheel alignment? Usually recommended after a while.
He said "And most recently, a four wheel alignment and full tire balance."

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I got my hub centric rings, I had the Wheel-Master checked it, and I have no vibration at all.

The fastest my car can go is 70MPH. Beyond that, it seems like I'm giving away my hard earned money.


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Hi
U have the front hood deflector?
Maybe that the culprit for 110km/h and up vibration.
Check that item if you have an front hood deflector.


Btw, an 4cylinder or v6 camry should be able to run top speed over 200km/h and still stable, smooth and quiet and without vibration.

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It may be a bad balance, try to bring it back to the wheel shop and explain them to the issue, they may rebalance the wheels for you. The weights may have fallen off also, or the wheels could have just been bent initially, thus making the balance harder to be accurate.

But then again, if your getting vibration on the footwell, that's possibly coming the rotors that need to be resurfaced again, is there vibration at 70mph under braking, or under normal driving conditions?

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Yeah i agree with post that it is a tire almost 90% chance especially if they are directional. I had this problem + a pull to the right with my camry after i put wheels on it. It was just a mild vibration in the steering wheel. I took it back to the delearship and their top mechanic told me that it was the tires he said directional tires will pull and some times vibrate They swapped fronts to to the rears and vice versa and it fixed my vibration + pull to the right. Just throw your old wheels on and run it to see. And you need A shop with a ROAD FORCE balancer to duplicate real road vibration. Good luck

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I have had the same problem with my 02. I had to balance all 4 tires. That helped out a little, but it ended up that my tires were SHIT. Once I replaced all 4 tires with good ones and got another balancing all that vibration went away.

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Check your engine mounts as well. Do you know if the previous owner had them changed? You should check your top mounts (dogbone mount) and the front (located at the front, bottom below your radiator)

If it's worn out, it could be the problem as in why your wheels is shaking when you go over 70mph+ because if it's your wheels, you should notice it continuously. If it's your engine mounts, you should also feel a slight shuddering while you're braking, your brake pedal and stearing wheel should vibrate slightly or a lot depending on the condition of your mounts. Hope this helped.


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I got my hub centric rings, I had the Wheel-Master checked it, and I have no vibration at all.

The fastest my car can go is 70MPH. Beyond that, it seems like I'm giving away my hard earned money.
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