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dwalmsley
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May 10, 2018, 10:29 PM

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I have a 2007 Toyota Corolla CE with about 75000 km on it.
Lately when im going downhill and braking the steering wheel vibrates. When im accelerating up to 60 mph the car starts to vibrate and i can feel this push pull sensation in my seat and steering wheel vibrates a little bit. The car has never had any repairs besides maintenance done on it.

Rotors? Calipers? Tires?

What do you guys think is the most probable issue?

Im having it looked at but would like some ideas.


(This post was edited by dwalmsley on May 10, 2018, 10:30 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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May 11, 2018, 1:00 AM

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You said it's only had just "maintenance" suggests you've owned this since new now this vibration - right?
What did you do for maintenance? Just routine oil change service or follow the list by km/miles and months listed in owner's manual counts. You should be on second set of tires at least, full brakes including rotors, calipers, pads and hardware.


Most likely time for a complete "go thru" of all brake, steering, tire check as per the listed items plus anything found with 1/2 shafts.
Brakes lose lube, calipers and rotors will at least "gun rust" and lose it, tires and other rubber items just get old and fail and the list goes on. Time to know the situation totally for the next several years don't forget exhaust and motor mounts too. Think of it as you are buying this car now and getting it all checked out.
Right now best guess is a brake is dragging but it isn't going to end there do the list of items proactively avoid these surprises low "mile" use can be good but time counts too,


T



Hammer Time
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May 11, 2018, 1:08 PM

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If this happens only when braking then it is likely a brake rotor issue. Pads, rotors and a good going through of the whole brake system is in order.



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dwalmsley
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May 11, 2018, 3:46 PM

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Ok thanks. Yes Ive owned it since new and this is the first issue I have had with the vehicle. Ive followed the maintenance guide. The last maintenance required was an oil change and they did a general inspection and said the tires still had some life left and didnt need replacing.

The car is also kept outside. Is there a good way to prevent rust? Or is daily driving just the way to go. I only drive it about a few times a month. Should I drive it at least once a week?


Tom Greenleaf
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May 11, 2018, 11:41 PM

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We both are thinking brakes - rotors first but that means the whole job.


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The car is also kept outside. Is there a good way to prevent rust? Or is daily driving just the way to go. I only drive it about a few times a month. Should I drive it at least once a week? <"
OK - that's a big question with one answer that works. Mothball the car in a climate controlled room, no light, humidity, never hot or cold like some museum object D'Art and it wont rust - we have to get real though.


Drive it but do so till it's fully warmed up since it's outdoors if it so much as rains more than once a week. If you really want to slow (that's all you can do) the rust of unseen parts like the brakes and more you really need to garage it or at least definatlely NOT on a dirt surface either asphalt or concrete lots better for it.
Why? When you see so much as dew on windows the underside is dripping with moisture as bad or worse. Brakes for this example stop in one position pad to rotor the rest exposed rusts at a faster pace then where brake pads are hovering over rotor. Does that to new unsold cars need brake before they have 10 miles on them in time still new otherwise.


Answer is drive it or get someone to drive it if it must be outdoors. Use the brakes - it knocks off the light rust AND warms up exhaust parts also hold water inside! Low miles and lack of use strangely is hard on a car for these things. Don't forget gasoline should be used up not allowed to get real old now vs VERY old days of fuel and vehicles not suggesting filling cars up with fuel rather 1/2 tank but not less than a 1/4 or too low anyway. Check for stabilizers (Sta-bil) for fuel even mark it down if need be when you got fuel so you can use it up on purpose.


Good luck. Your issue IMO is normal for an outdoor low mile car most likely,


Tom







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