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#1 Old 08-22-2010, 06:29 PM
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Corollas and shaking streering wheel

I have noticed most Toyota Corolla's have a problem with shaking steering wheel. My 2000 CE shakes on the highway at about 60-70 mph. My G/F 98 VE shakes really bad from 50 closer to 60. I have balanced tires, had an alignment done. even swapped tired to the rear. Same with hers she had a bad tire rod, replaced it, alignment, balanced tires brand new tires shakes bad.
I am left clueless and post on the forum.
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check you rims, a bent or dented rim can cause the shaking, normally if you've done all of those, its going to be the rims causing it
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could be cheap sets of tires with low speed ratings.

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Tested bent rims, took the front and exchanged them with the rears.
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I have noticed most Toyota Corolla's have a problem with shaking steering wheel. My 2000 CE shakes on the highway at about 60-70 mph. My G/F 98 VE shakes really bad from 50 closer to 60. I have balanced tires, had an alignment done. even swapped tired to the rear. Same with hers she had a bad tire rod, replaced it, alignment, balanced tires brand new tires shakes bad.
I am left clueless and post on the forum.
I have to disagree with the statement "most Toyota Corolla's have a problem with shaking steering wheel". I have five of these cars ranging from 6th generation to 8th generation and none have a steering wheel that shakes. Cheap tires, out of balance tires/wheels and bent wheels are the most likely culprit. You need to check the wheels for runout with a dial indicator to see if they are bent. Also make sure the wheel bearings aren't shot. Cheap tires that are out-of-round or have bad belts can also cause this problem. Might want to start by having the tires rebalanced. Many tire shops do not periodically calibrate their spin balancers and send many out of balance tires out the door.

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ok It was a coincidence that 2 of our vehicles do it. She has brand new firestone tires and I have BFG's the rims were swapped from front to back. it's got to be in the steering rack or opposing items.
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try my fix

Rear Vibration

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^ You know I totally thought the axle may be the problem. Both mine and her driver side boots are ripped open and shotting grease everywhere. time for new axles!
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My Prizm does this too and it has new tires and a fresh balance. Time to check out the axles!

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not to say anyone is a bad driver, but circumstances come up where you lock up the wheels when your trying to stop. this could leave flat spots on the tires and will cause a vibration and noise. i personaly drive way to hard and use every bit of suspension and tires (and yes i use the e-brake, because it isn't drifting, but it is fun) in turn after about 12k miles my tires a shot, and that last 100 miles while i save up for tires, my steering wheel vibrates like hell at about 55-75, i try not to go any faster than that unless im on the highway.
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^ You know I totally thought the axle may be the problem. Both mine and her driver side boots are ripped open and shotting grease everywhere. time for new axles!
so you're ok now with new axles? please, i'm waiting for your answer, because i'm having this same problem... thanks!
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Can the CV joints be checked when in place or do they have to be removed? What kind of play or looseness should I look for?
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Usually, you'll have to diagnose a suspect CV joint by listening to the tall-tale clicking or crunching sound. Mostly while making turns, feeling vibrations in the chassis/steering wheel that intensify with acceleration, or in really bad cases, a physical "clunk" when accelerating and decelerating.

Wiggling / turning the wheel in the air will not be able to diagnose a bad CV joint, unless it has some visual clue - ripped boot, leaking grease, etc. There is some nominal "slop" when you turn the drive wheels when the car is in the air.

What you can find out by prying on the wheel in the air - is if you have a worn lower ball joint, bad wheel bearing, and loose suspension bits.

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This is not a factory defect. I had the whole shaking steering wheel, humming noise, and vibration. I have a 94 geo prizm w/145k miles. Heres a list of things i did.

Replaced my 17's with factory 14's and new tires.

-Replaced a wheel bearing in the back.

- replaced inner and outer tie rods in the front. they were all bad except for one.

-finally aligned .

Car rides good now. There are so many things that can be wrong.
Axles, Struts, Strut mount, Ball joints,Wheel bearing, Tires, Alignment, Cheap rims. Maybe you can take it to a mechanic have them inspect it and fix it yourself.
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hate it when someone doesnt post the results or findings of an issue that will help the community out! total bs
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