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Old 04 Nov 2005, 03:14 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Have a 96 toyota camry that has 150k miles on it. Last week replaced the
cv joints the tires, the drivers side rear strut and had the wheels
aligned. This week when I accelerate the car over 70mph the vehicle
shakes violently. Only though when I am accelerating.
Any suggestions would be graciously welcome.

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Old 04 Nov 2005, 03:39 pm   #2 (permalink)
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96crpcamry, 11/4/2005,4:14:59 PM, wrote:

> Have a 96 toyota camry that has 150k miles on it. Last week replaced
> the cv joints the tires, the drivers side rear strut and had the
> wheels aligned. This week when I accelerate the car over 70mph the
> vehicle shakes violently. Only though when I am accelerating.
> Any suggestions would be graciously welcome.


I had this problem in a 1994 Camry for years. The thing that made the
biggest change was when I replaced the motor mounts. I never
completely eliminated the shaking but I suspected the right half-shaft.
I ended up selling it and getting a minivan when we needed one.

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Old 04 Nov 2005, 07:58 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Never heard of replacing just 1 strut - so now you have one with 0 miles and
the other with 150 miles? They should be replace in axel pairs. Are the
tie rod ends and the lower ball joints ok (any play at all in them?) I'd
replace all the struts and check the front top strut mounting plates for
wear.

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> Have a 96 toyota camry that has 150k miles on it. Last week replaced the
> cv joints the tires, the drivers side rear strut and had the wheels
> aligned. This week when I accelerate the car over 70mph the vehicle
> shakes violently. Only though when I am accelerating.
> Any suggestions would be graciously welcome.
>



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Old 05 Nov 2005, 11:05 am   #4 (permalink)
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Don't know if this is your issue, but . . .
I have a 94 Camry with apx. 140k miles. Obviously didn't happen too
often, but found violent shaking under acceleration at higher speeds -
like over 85 mph. Kind of like something was bouncing up and down but I
couldn't really tell just where it originated.
Then discovered a crack in the passenger side drive axle rubber CV
outer boot, so I purchased a Toyota remanufactured axle assembly.
(fortunately my online guy gave me the right part number and the local
dealer matched the price - the local dealer had given the part number
off by one digit - axle fit yr. 2000 Solara)
Anyway, the factory service manual shows some "non-reusable" parts,
that should be replaced. There's a diagram with a symbol for those.
One is the snap ring, another is the center bearing lock bolt, and also
the cotter pins.
A prior mechanic had replaced the boots once already for the prior
owner, and I found the cotter pin for the tie rod end had been reused,
so I'm quite sure the snap ring was reused.
Dealer got $20 for the snap ring from me, but I follow the instructions
in the book.
Main point of all this is that the center bearing lock bolt hadn't been
replaced either.
Had read many accounts of difficulty in removing the axle when the
center bearing hangs up in the carrier. Fortunately mine slid right
out, however that lock bolt is a special bolt. There is a neoprene
rubber tip apx. 1/4" long at the end of the bolt that holds the center
bearing from turning in the cast iron carrier "locking" it in place.
The locking bolt I removed had that neoprene tip entirely missing.
Undoubtedly the extra part wasn't supplied, and the mechanic didn't
want to delay the work to the customer for something "minor" like that.
So I imagine, it is entirely possible that center bearing was rotating
in the carrier with some clearance and flopping up an down slightly
under load at higher speeds, setting up an oscillation along the length
of the axle.
The passenger axle is long enough and heavy enough to create some
vibration.

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Old 06 Nov 2005, 10:27 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Fri, 04 Nov 2005 16:14:59 -0500, 96crpcamry wrote:

> Have a 96 toyota camry that has 150k miles on it. Last week replaced the
> cv joints the tires, the drivers side rear strut and had the wheels
> aligned. This week when I accelerate the car over 70mph the vehicle
> shakes violently. Only though when I am accelerating.
> Any suggestions would be graciously welcome.



Two things.

1. you have a bad CV joint, and when you get to speed it wobbles and
throws you off.

2. If you try this and it doesn't work, find a shop that does High Speed
Spin Balancing on the car. There are some out there, you may have to hunt.

What this does is it balances everything that rotates. So, if it IS a
suspension/drive problem, then doing this will balance it out.

BTW, when did you last check/replace your shocks? These can cause this
kind of probnlem also. (oops, just saw you did do a strut...)
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