Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Joe asks: My 1998 Corolla starts shaking while traveling at 70-80 mph. If traveling above 80 mph it stops. Also if I’m turning the steering wheel while traveling at the above mentioned rate of speed it seems fine. It doesn’t seem to be the CV joint as I recently replaced the brake shoes on the beast. Any thoughts or suggestions will be greatly appreciated as I’m too poor to pay attention. Thank you in advance.
My reply: The most probable thing is an out-of-balance wheel/tire; that would be the first thing I’d check, at any rate. One way to do it without equipment is to rotate the wheels/tires and see whether that changes anything. If the problem/sound/sensation seems to move from front to back (after rotating the tires) you’ve pretty much got your answer – and have narrowed it down to two out of the four possible culprits.
If it’s not a wheel/tire imbalance, then it’s time to check suspension components, wheel bearings, CV joints and so on – process of elimination.
Let us know what it turns out to be!
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