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Old 05-15-2009, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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08 Sequoia steering wheel shake that comes and goes

Howdy,

2008 Sequoia limited 4x4, 3600 miles.

Here's what's going on. I seem to get a little bit of a steering wheel shake that comes and goes depending on speed and road surface. The steering wheel oscillates about 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch, kind of like a shimmy. It acts similar to a wheel balancing issue, but I've addressed that and it's not constant

It seems to happen between 60-74, but not consistently. I can't make it reproduce on any road or at any speed consistently. I can be driving down the road and it will start, then I slow down 1-2mph and resume speed and all is normal. Other times I never see or feel it at all. It's very frustrating and confusing.

I have had the tires rotated and balanced twice, but that has done nothing. Took it to the dealership and of course, they can't reproduce the condidtion, which I can't really fault them for since I can't reproduce it myself.

I'm a little frustrated with it. Any one else experience this?
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Howdy,

2008 Sequoia limited 4x4, 3600 miles.

Here's what's going on. I seem to get a little bit of a steering wheel shake that comes and goes depending on speed and road surface. The steering wheel oscillates about 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch, kind of like a shimmy. It acts similar to a wheel balancing issue, but I've addressed that and it's not constant

It seems to happen between 60-74, but not consistently. I can't make it reproduce on any road or at any speed consistently. I can be driving down the road and it will start, then I slow down 1-2mph and resume speed and all is normal. Other times I never see or feel it at all. It's very frustrating and confusing.

I have had the tires rotated and balanced twice, but that has done nothing. Took it to the dealership and of course, they can't reproduce the condidtion, which I can't really fault them for since I can't reproduce it myself.

I'm a little frustrated with it. Any one else experience this?
I've got the same thing at 7000 miles that started at around 2000. I just assumed it was the crappy Dunlop rubber. I was going to get some Michelin LTX's before next winter anyway but may need to do it sooner.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine came with Michelin ATX, which I've been told is produced to a lesser standard than aftermarket OEM. Apparently the OEM tires are produced to a cheaper standard to lower vehicle costs.

I guess it could be the tires, but I'm hoping not since a new set for the beast is about $900.

I guess I'll just keep an eye on it.
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I always buy Yokohama tires for ewvery thing I own. They last longer than Michelins and cost alot less. Never require much if any balance weights especially if you put the yellow dot next to the valve stem.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well,

I broke down and took the vehicle into the dealership expecting a fight based on the last time I went to the dealership for service (from the dealer I purchased which is an hour away). I went to a local dealership and was shocked. I described the condition, they noted it, road tested, roadforce balanced, and roadtested again. The tech came out and said that they had successfully reproduced the shake and could not make it go away. Here's the part where I was blown away.

They went to the lot, got a new Sequoia, unmounted the tires, remounted them on my rims, balanced and roadtested. No shake. The determination, my stock tires in the front were out of round by .009 and .012. The rims checked out ok. Bottom line is the dealership is ordering me 4 new tires under warranty at zero cost to me.

Funny part is, this dealership was terrible to work with on the sales end and came in over $10K higher on price than where I purchased. I guess you can't judge the back of the house by the front's business practices.

Oh yeah, the other thing, They will change the oil on my 08 Sequoia 4wd for $21.99 out the door including filter. Given the lousy oil change on this truck, I will be going to this dealer. The filter is $12 for me to buy plus this way, Toyota has a total record of all oil changes.

I'll let you know how it comes out. Here's to hoping the Michelins they replace are better than the cheaper stock oem Michelins.
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I read somewhere in these forums that a driveshaft was the culprit...My 08 2wd does the same thing with aftermarkest wheels and tires. Haven't taken to the dealer yet. Approx. 18,000 mi.
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Well,

I broke down and took the vehicle into the dealership expecting a fight based on the last time I went to the dealership for service (from the dealer I purchased which is an hour away). I went to a local dealership and was shocked. I described the condition, they noted it, road tested, roadforce balanced, and roadtested again. The tech came out and said that they had successfully reproduced the shake and could not make it go away. Here's the part where I was blown away.

They went to the lot, got a new Sequoia, unmounted the tires, remounted them on my rims, balanced and roadtested. No shake. The determination, my stock tires in the front were out of round by .009 and .012. The rims checked out ok. Bottom line is the dealership is ordering me 4 new tires under warranty at zero cost to me.

Funny part is, this dealership was terrible to work with on the sales end and came in over $10K higher on price than where I purchased. I guess you can't judge the back of the house by the front's business practices.

Oh yeah, the other thing, They will change the oil on my 08 Sequoia 4wd for $21.99 out the door including filter. Given the lousy oil change on this truck, I will be going to this dealer. The filter is $12 for me to buy plus this way, Toyota has a total record of all oil changes.

I'll let you know how it comes out. Here's to hoping the Michelins they replace are better than the cheaper stock oem Michelins.

TKD,

I know this is an old post but you never posted the outcome. Did the new tires resolve the issue or was it something else. I have a similar issue and have been researching this, thanks.
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