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Front end shake 90 toyota 4runner 4x4

Steering feels loose, I can detect a faint wobbleing feeling at times and then it goes away, other times I feel it and it gets bad right away, once in a while bad to the point that it jerks to the right and the steering wheel goes nuts jerking back and forth, yesterday the front end on the left side was even visibly going up and down, it feels like the geers are out of sync on the left side, it came on all of a sudden over a period of a couple of weeks, normally at speeds of 30 to 45 mph, need some advise please and sincerely I thank you

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  • gregbuck Oct 29, 2008

    Toyota Ed, I posted my vin earlier did you get it? Here it is again if you still need it,

    it is on a 1990 toyota 4 runner JT3VN39W9L0013600

  • gregbuck Oct 30, 2008

    Ok so I see that the recall problem was addressed in the past. Now if you can continue to assist me I would be grateful. I still have the problem and need to know if you think I should replace the relay rod again or could it be something else if that has already been done. does the relay rod have gears on it? All of the shaking starts in the left front.

    Thank You Again,


  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Can you kack the vehicle up? If so, raise the left front about 5 inches off of the floor. Now, insert some type of tool, a pry bar would be nice, anything that you can pry with; under the tire, and raise the tire. Have a helper look at all of the front suspension components for excessive clearance. Nothing should move more than 2 millimeters. Then, grab the tire at 12 oclock & 6 oclock and move it towards & away from you. Does the tire move on the hub? There should be NO in/out movement...Please report your findings. Don't replace the relay raod a 2nd time. No need.

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    Please provide the VIN for this vehicle; there may be a recall for this particular issue


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I have the same problem. it jerks side to side and it seems the gears are out of sync. its feels like its grabbing and then letting go. its wierd. this really helped out thanks

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My 1990 4Runner shook majorly when hitting speeds of 70MPH and up. The front shocks needed replacing and the tires had worn unevenly and needed to be rotated and balanced.

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It sound's like to me it is your IDLER ARM chek your arm on right side for slack if it has up and down motion if so thin it is time to change it

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