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Old 30 Sep 2005, 08:14 am   #1 (permalink)
Steve K
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The steering wheel on my 1998 Camry recently started shaking left to
right while driving. It's constant.

It started when I changed all four sets of brake pads and put the rear
tires on the front, front tires on the rear.

But, the front of the car did fall off the support jacks when both front
tires were off. It fell on grass. First time that ever happened to me.
Quite scary.

To me it just looked like the plates that protect the rotors from road
junk got bent, but maybe something else happened?

Or maybe it's just the rear wheels, which are now on the front, are
unbalanced?

I don't know.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
Steve
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Old 30 Sep 2005, 08:54 am   #2 (permalink)
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I'd try switching the tires back first and then go from there.

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Old 30 Sep 2005, 11:22 am   #3 (permalink)
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You put your jack stands on the grass?

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Old 03 Oct 2005, 11:56 am   #4 (permalink)
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In article <smk17-6E0719.09144230092005@newsstand.cit.cornell.edu>,
Steve K <smk17@cornell.edu> wrote:

> The steering wheel on my 1998 Camry recently started shaking left to
> right while driving. It's constant.
>
> It started when I changed all four sets of brake pads and put the rear
> tires on the front, front tires on the rear.
>
> But, the front of the car did fall off the support jacks when both front
> tires were off. It fell on grass. First time that ever happened to me.
> Quite scary.
>
> To me it just looked like the plates that protect the rotors from road
> junk got bent, but maybe something else happened?
>
> Or maybe it's just the rear wheels, which are now on the front, are
> unbalanced?
>
> I don't know.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Thanks
> Steve


UPDATE:

I went out to move the front wheels back to the rear, where they were
before the shaking started, and realized the left front was loose and
12lbs low on pressure. I forgot to final tighten the lugnuts after the
jack came down.

DUH to me.
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Old 03 Oct 2005, 02:30 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Any thoughts?
Wow...car fell off the stands?! You probably have some other damage
that will show up. How can you forget to tighten the
lug nuts? Did you bother to use a torque wrench on the lug nuts
and the brake bolts?
You could have been killed with the car falling like that, then with
the lugs loose you could have killed someone else on the road. 2 major
mistakes like that, you should not be working on anyones brakes.
Sure hope you got them installed correctly or you are still endangering
yourself and others...

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Old 03 Oct 2005, 02:36 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Mon, 03 Oct 2005 12:56:15 -0400, Steve K wrote:

> In article <smk17-6E0719.09144230092005@newsstand.cit.cornell.edu>,
> Steve K <smk17@cornell.edu> wrote:
>
>> The steering wheel on my 1998 Camry recently started shaking left to
>> right while driving. It's constant.
>>
>> It started when I changed all four sets of brake pads and put the rear
>> tires on the front, front tires on the rear.
>>
>> But, the front of the car did fall off the support jacks when both front
>> tires were off. It fell on grass. First time that ever happened to me.
>> Quite scary.
>>
>> To me it just looked like the plates that protect the rotors from road
>> junk got bent, but maybe something else happened?
>>
>> Or maybe it's just the rear wheels, which are now on the front, are
>> unbalanced?
>>
>> I don't know.
>>
>> Any thoughts?
>>
>> Thanks
>> Steve

>
> UPDATE:
>
> I went out to move the front wheels back to the rear, where they were
> before the shaking started, and realized the left front was loose and
> 12lbs low on pressure. I forgot to final tighten the lugnuts after the
> jack came down.
>
> DUH to me.



yup! That will cause a shaking!

It will cause a few more things to boot! (CRASH!!!!!)

Good thing you caught it!
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Old 03 Oct 2005, 06:02 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Mon, 03 Oct 2005 12:30:59 -0700, Rob wrote:

> Any thoughts?
> Wow...car fell off the stands?! You probably have some other damage
> that will show up. How can you forget to tighten the
> lug nuts? Did you bother to use a torque wrench on the lug nuts
> and the brake bolts?
> You could have been killed with the car falling like that, then with
> the lugs loose you could have killed someone else on the road. 2 major
> mistakes like that, you should not be working on anyones brakes.
> Sure hope you got them installed correctly or you are still endangering
> yourself and others...



Ya know, Rob, I think someone should make the OP aware of his errors and
not hold back like you did!
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