Toyota Corolla Shimmy


#1

I have a 1998 Toyota Corolla. The tires are good and I rotate them every 3000 miles. Lately I noticed a shimmy or vibration of the steering wheel when I travel over 60 MPH. Gets worse at 75. It seems to pull to the left. Could this be a bad wheel bearing and do they need to be packed or are they sealed? Any suggestions? Thanks


#2

If your tires are balanced, the problem is likely in your front suspension or steering, I would check the wheel BALNCE first though… Your car could very well have well worn front end components (ball joints and steering arm connections) causing the problem.


#3

Thanks for the information Docnick


#4

The first sign that the bearings are going is usually noise - a really annoying whine or roar that will change when you turn. If you haven’t been getting a lot of noise then I wouldn’t start assuming a wheel bearing.

What does “the tires are good” mean? How many miles are on then and have they been balanced lately? Balancing is the first thing I would have done. You may also have the beginnings of tread separation which wouldn’t show up visibly right away.

What I would do is take it to your mechanic and ask to have the tires balanced and do a full front end inspection while they are at it since there are plenty of really important front end parts that can also cause vibration if worn.


#5

Thanks I appreciate the info.