2002 Camry wanders

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Old 15 Jul 2003, 11:08 am   #1 (permalink)
Marty009
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Default 2002 Camry wanders

I have to pay attention to staying in lane and adjust the wheel more than with
my old 1987 Camry. I understand that the 2002 is a bit wider than the old
model....so the positon of veh. in the lane is even more critical. Is this
normal with the 2002's, or is there something I can do to tighten the
steering....I only have 5000 miles since buying it new. Other than that it
drives like a dream....except that gas mileage is only 24 MPG. Maybe I'm just
getting old and need a smaller car.
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Old 15 Jul 2003, 12:32 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Marty009" <marty009@aol.com> wrote in message
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> I have to pay attention to staying in lane and adjust the wheel more than

with
> my old 1987 Camry. I understand that the 2002 is a bit wider than the old
> model....so the positon of veh. in the lane is even more critical. Is this
> normal with the 2002's, or is there something I can do to tighten the
> steering....I only have 5000 miles since buying it new. Other than that it
> drives like a dream....except that gas mileage is only 24 MPG. Maybe I'm

just
> getting old and need a smaller car.


Shouldn't wander. Check your tyre pressures are correct (not too high), then
get it aligned if still the case. Correct Caster figure ensures good
tracking unless a suspension/steering bush is badly worn, which is not to be
expected in a 2002.

Jason


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Old 15 Jul 2003, 09:51 pm   #3 (permalink)
Art Begun
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I believe 1st year adjustments are covered in the US. Check your
manual... it is in there.



"Marty009" <marty009@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Thanx for reply. I will have allignment checked. I wonder if it is

covered
> under under the warranty. I just called the dealer and got a

bullshit
> answer...it could be, it depends etc.
>
> Marty



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Old 19 Jul 2003, 11:46 am   #4 (permalink)
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Marty, get your alignment checked before 1 year/12K miles. The alignment
can be adjusted for free during this period or it's going to cost you
afterwards.

Your car is not suppose to wind up in the next lane when you don't want
to, even if some dealers may tell you that


Marty009 wrote:
> I have to pay attention to staying in lane and adjust the wheel more than with
> my old 1987 Camry. I understand that the 2002 is a bit wider than the old
> model....so the positon of veh. in the lane is even more critical. Is this
> normal with the 2002's, or is there something I can do to tighten the
> steering....I only have 5000 miles since buying it new. Other than that it
> drives like a dream....except that gas mileage is only 24 MPG. Maybe I'm just
> getting old and need a smaller car.


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Old 19 Jul 2003, 11:52 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Marty009 said...
> I have to pay attention to staying in lane and adjust the wheel more than with
> my old 1987 Camry. I understand that the 2002 is a bit wider than the old
> model....so the positon of veh. in the lane is even more critical. Is this
> normal with the 2002's, or is there something I can do to tighten the
> steering....I only have 5000 miles since buying it new. Other than that it
> drives like a dream....except that gas mileage is only 24 MPG. Maybe I'm just
> getting old and need a smaller car.
>


Mine is fine unless there is a lot of wind. My 02 seems to be very
susceptible to wind-forced wondering.

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My email address is BillG at Royal dot Org
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Old 20 Jul 2003, 12:34 pm   #6 (permalink)
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John wrote:
> Marty, get your alignment checked before 1 year/12K miles. The alignment
> can be adjusted for free during this period or it's going to cost you
> afterwards.
>
> Your car is not suppose to wind up in the next lane when you don't want
> to, even if some dealers may tell you that



But keep in mind, you must still drive it yourself. If it ends up in
another lane, you have a blown tire or never stopped before climbing
into the back seat to get the kids toy from under the seat. Oh, that big
round thingy your holding onto actually moves, it can be used to
compensate for turns. Also it helps to actually pay attention. This
means "hang up and drive", "eat at home" "have your CD you want to
listen to alreay out of the case and on the seat" and a few other items.

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