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Old 27 Jan 2005, 12:46 am   #1 (permalink)
Al
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We got a new 4 cyl. Camry about 1 year ago (2004 model). There's about
9600 miles on it. I've noticed a bit of a steering problem immediately
after we got the car. It was a little more difficult than normal to keep it
in its lane and it pulled a bit to the left. Took it back to the dealer and
they said there was a tech bulletin on it and they said they fixed it. It
was a bit better, but it still leaves something to be desired. It is a bit
hard to keep it going in a straight line - - you have to continuously turn
the wheel left or right slightly. Other cars I've driven don't have this
problem. Has anyone else noticed this on the 2004s? It's not really bad,
but the steering seems to require a bit more effort and concentration than
normal. It could be smoother.
Al


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Old 27 Jan 2005, 10:23 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried rotating the tires. I would move fronts to back and see what
happens.


"Al" <albertr@joimail.com> wrote in message
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> We got a new 4 cyl. Camry about 1 year ago (2004 model). There's about
> 9600 miles on it. I've noticed a bit of a steering problem immediately
> after we got the car. It was a little more difficult than normal to keep
> it in its lane and it pulled a bit to the left. Took it back to the
> dealer and they said there was a tech bulletin on it and they said they
> fixed it. It was a bit better, but it still leaves something to be
> desired. It is a bit hard to keep it going in a straight line - - you
> have to continuously turn the wheel left or right slightly. Other cars
> I've driven don't have this problem. Has anyone else noticed this on the
> 2004s? It's not really bad, but the steering seems to require a bit more
> effort and concentration than normal. It could be smoother.
> Al
>



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Old 28 Jan 2005, 05:26 am   #3 (permalink)
m Ransley
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As art said it may be the tires, all it takes is one pot hole and a belt
can shift that will be unnoticable upon even removal of tire and
inspection. I ruined Michelins at 25000m . I had a pull to the right and
switched the tires then it pulled left confirming tires. Front tires
take alot of abuse.

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Old 16 Feb 2005, 03:21 pm   #4 (permalink)
Fearless Fossdick
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Default Re: Steering Sub-Par

Sounds like tires if swapping them moved the steering pull but there are
much more significant problems out there and there is a fix for this long
standing problem available from the dealer.

Check out:
http://toyotaownersclub.com/forums/i...showtopic=5444

Note that there are 10 pages of discussion on this steering stability
problem.


"m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> As art said it may be the tires, all it takes is one pot hole and a belt
> can shift that will be unnoticable upon even removal of tire and
> inspection. I ruined Michelins at 25000m . I had a pull to the right and
> switched the tires then it pulled left confirming tires. Front tires
> take alot of abuse.
>



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