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Old 14 Oct 2009, 11:42 am   #1 (permalink)
camryguy89
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I just recently took my 2000 Camry LE 4-cyl (205,000kms) on a long
road trip for several days. The car performed amazingly with no
issues. I noticed that while I was driving on the highway (100 kms/h
+) there was a gap in steering. The wheel would wobble (not by itself)
back and forth about a half an inch. This became kind of annoying
especially during high winds as the vehicle became harder to control.
I had a car similar to this before. I remember the same thing
happening but I didn't give it much thought. Then all of a sudden, the
steering became lumpy. (easy to turn, hard to turn, etc) I took it in
and they told me it was the Ujoint at the bottom of the steering
shaft. I had it replaced and the gap was gone also. Am I headed in the
same direction with this car or is this a more serious issue? Any help
would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 15 Oct 2009, 08:53 pm   #2 (permalink)
john
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You need to have the car towed and inspected. See what happens if the
ball joint fails:

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/lower...int/index.html

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/susp...with-pics.html



On Oct 14, 9:42*am, camryguy89 <anthonyza...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I just recently took my 2000 Camry LE 4-cyl (205,000kms) on a long
> road trip for several days. The car performed amazingly with no
> issues. I noticed that while I was driving on the highway (100 kms/h
> +) there was a gap in steering. The wheel would wobble (not by itself)
> back and forth about a half an inch. This became kind of annoying
> especially during high winds as the vehicle became harder to control.
> I had a car similar to this before. I remember the same thing
> happening but I didn't give it much thought. Then all of a sudden, the
> steering became lumpy. (easy to turn, hard to turn, etc) I took it in
> and they told me it was the Ujoint at the bottom of the steering
> shaft. I had it replaced and the gap was gone also. Am I headed in the
> same direction with this car or is this a more serious issue? Any help
> would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 17 Oct 2009, 11:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
camryguy89
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Had the car looked at, turns out it is in fact the universal joint
that connects the upper part of the steering column to the steering
system in car. Its about a 400 dollar fix, but a lot cheaper, with
less headaches, then having an accident I guess!
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