I have a 2000 Corolla with 51k miles that I bought a couple of months ago.
Things I replaced:
- both front ball joints
- both front CV axles (half shaft)…previous left front one was leaking
- all struts (complete struts that included coil, strut, mount)
- all sway bar end links
- 4 new tires (only put 200 miles on them)
- balance and alignment
- Firestone checked for bent rims - none found
- Made sure all 4 PSI levels are 30
Before the new tires, there was a vibration at 60-70mph, after the new tires, there is a vibration at 40-50…seems to go away at 60-70mph. When braking, the steering wheel shimmied (turn left/right short distances rapidly)…replacing the ball joints fixed that…the mechanic also tightened the front control arms…that could’ve fixed it too.
When going very slowly over a flat road, I can feel the front left tire “hop” very slightly. By hop, I mean that it is not round like (seems like a high spot). I jacked all 4 wheels and checked for any amount of play - none.
Could this be an out of balance (even though I put 4 new tires) or control arm issue? Maybe the control arm bushings are gone and it allows vertical movement during load?
When turning the steering wheel left, it also makes a “pop” sound which is definetly coming from the strut mount area…might be related.