Toyota Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hello and thank you for using just answer. A few questions need to be clarified here:
1- how many miles are on the truck
2- did you replace both front struts and rear shocks or just 1, all 4? I'm confused by your statement
3-does your truck have the optional self leveling rear air suspension
4- when you go over a bump are you stating that the truck body continues to rock/bounce back and forth for several seconds or just 1 time?
The truck has 110,000 miles.
Replaced 2 Rear shocks and 2 front struts.
The truck does not have air suspension.
When you hit a bump, the motion is not up and down but side to side. It does it once (maybe twice). If twice, the second motion is much less than the first. It is definitely not continuous.
This is definetely not normal. I have taken the vehicle to 3 different automechanics who agree there is a problem. It is just that no one can find it. Secondly, the car shifts to the side so ,much that I have come close to hitting vehicles on either side.
Do you have another suggestion?
IF the shocks/struts are good on the car any you have a excessive side to side motion then you need to have the sway bar and sway bar connections checked. Is this your first large SUV? I'm not disbelieving you here but I deal with alot of customers at my dealer that trade their mini sub-compact in on a oversize SUV and expect the same road feel, I just want to be sure that you are familiar with the chacteristics of this vehicle and if you have not I recommend you drive another Sequoia to understand if you really do have a problem here or not.
Plain and simple here, if there is a valid/legitimate problem here then a road test and a good visual inspection will reveal the issue. If 3 mechanics have stated there is indeed a problem but can't find it then they are not very good mechanics. Take it to a toyota dealer, request that the senior master technician drive the truck, pay them a 1 hour diagnostic fee and see if you really have a problem here or not.
I did take it to the dealership. They had it for a whole day and could not find a cause.
Let me clarify something.
The problem with the vehicle swaying seems to happen when you go into a dip in the road rather than a pot hole.
It feels like there is a tug pulling the vehicle to the left.
Then it corrects itself very quickly.
I believe they checked the sway bar.
I have driven many SUVs including an Armada and a Sequoia. This problem is unique to this vehicle.
Do you have any other suggestions?
I bought the vehicle used and noticed the problem after paying for the car.
So, I started mechanic hopping.
The dealer test drove the vehicle and confirmed the swaying. They just could not identify the cause.
I had the struts replaced because one of the autotechnicians thought that could be the problem. The new struts are 2 weeks old.
Yes, the dealer gave a print out of all they checked but I do not have it with me.
I will check the front algnment adjustment bolt.
No, the tires do not seem to wear excessively.
No there is no freeplay on the steering.
Incidently, the car drives straight on a smooth road.
Is there something I should be looking for that would account for the swaying?