96 camry-steering slips during right hand curves

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Old 13 Apr 2006, 12:21 am   #1 (permalink)
markdraugelis
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Default 96 camry-steering slips during right hand curves

Had new rack and pinion installed. Mechanic tells me there is nothing wrong
with car but cleaned and adjusted rear brakes. Brakes and steering are now
tight, but wheels still slip. It almost caused an accident during a rainy
night and i took it back again the next morning. Still they tell me there
is nothing wrong with it but they did another wheel alignment anyway. now
it pulls real bad to the left. I think my tires will be worn, along with
my wrist, and eventually the wheels will start slipping again after
alighnment adjusts itself.
By slipping, I mean I was describing to friends as if during a curve it
was like the front left wheel encountered ice. But when it rained and it
slipped I could tell both wheels (the steering) slipped,like a fishing rod
responds to the big one, but so far it only slips once and then its only
every 3-5 right hand curves.
Thanks for any advice!!! Mark

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Old 13 Apr 2006, 08:12 am   #2 (permalink)
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"markdraugelis" <mdraugelis756@adelphia.net> wrote in message
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> Had new rack and pinion installed. Mechanic tells me there is nothing

wrong
> with car but cleaned and adjusted rear brakes. Brakes and steering are now
> tight, but wheels still slip. It almost caused an accident during a rainy
> night and i took it back again the next morning. Still they tell me there
> is nothing wrong with it but they did another wheel alignment anyway. now
> it pulls real bad to the left. I think my tires will be worn, along with
> my wrist, and eventually the wheels will start slipping again after
> alighnment adjusts itself.
> By slipping, I mean I was describing to friends as if during a curve it
> was like the front left wheel encountered ice. But when it rained and it
> slipped I could tell both wheels (the steering) slipped,like a fishing rod
> responds to the big one, but so far it only slips once and then its only
> every 3-5 right hand curves.
> Thanks for any advice!!! Mark


If you mean wheel-spin, then you need to make sure your tyres have adequate
tread for the rainy weather. If you apply a lot of engine power in newly wet
or muddy conditions, you'll get front wheel slip on corners from the wheel
on the inside of the turning radius as body weight shifts away from that
wheel to the other.

If this is the case, as they say in some workshop manuals: "revise driving
technique" or slow -down a bit.

Jason


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Old 13 Apr 2006, 10:10 am   #3 (permalink)
m Ransley
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Default Re: 96 camry-steering slips during right hand curves

I dont know what you really mean but some tire makes go slippery, hard
and dangerous in as little as 4 years regardless of tread left. If tires
are over 4-5 years replace them. A broken belt that could not be
detected by a pro even taking the tire off the rim on my Michelin with
35000m made my car Jump around corners once in a while and made the
steering wheel shake. Tires are always my first suspicion, fronts get
major abuse on a fwd car.

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Old 13 Apr 2006, 11:19 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 96 camry-steering slips during right hand curves

Check your differential fluid!
You should do this immediately before driving the car.
The differential is kind of interesting. It delivers a functionally
solid link providing power to both axles through a series of bevel
"spider" gears which can also allow the axles to rotate independently.
The effect is that you get constant power delivery to both wheels even
during turns.
During turns, the distance traveled by the outer wheel is actually
slightly further and the inner tire is actually tracking a shorter
distance, so the differential allows the wheels to receive power from
the transmission while turning at slightly different rates.
If the axles were solidly locked, we could expect to see the behaviour
you're describing.
If you have the four cylinder, you probably have a separate
differential fluid reservoir.
This is nice because that oil remains completely uncontaminated by any
wear of the clutch disk friction material in the automatic transmission
(assuming you have an automatic).
However, it is not uncommon for mechanics to forget to service the
differential properly. The fill plug is all the way in back.
If someone drained the differential with the transmission, and forgot
to refill, or you have a slow leak at an axle seal or elsewhere, and
the unit has allowed to run low on oil for any length of time, and now
your differential is locking up from lack of lubrication, you may wind
up needing a replacement transaxle, which is the automatic transmission
and differential together as a unit.

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Old 15 Apr 2006, 08:54 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 96 camry-steering slips during right hand curves

markdraugelis wrote:
> > By slipping, I mean I was describing to friends as if during a curve it

> was like the front left wheel encountered ice. But when it rained and it
> slipped I could tell both wheels (the steering) slipped,like a fishing rod
> responds to the big one, but so far it only slips once and then its only
> every 3-5 right hand curves.
> Thanks for any advice!!! Mark


You are describing understeer (also called "push"). Your front tires
are skidding on wet roads. If you have anti-lock brakes and you apply
the brakes while the front tires are slipping the ABS system should
start pulsing.

Go to www.tirerack.com and follow the steps to do a search for tires
that fit your car. When you have a list of tires click on the "survey"
to see how other drivers rated individual tires and pay special
attention to wet traction.

For example my Sienna was delivered with some Firestone or Bridgestone
tires that were awful in the rain but I replaced them with better tires
and the car is fine. Right now I'm using Bridgestone Turanza LS-T
tires. I put Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tires on my daughter's car.
You should find plenty of good replacement tires for your car.

ACAR

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