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2005 Toyota Corolla - steering column crunches

Dealer diagnosis: tie rod
Local mechanic: not the tie rod
In the meantime, the problem is getting progressively worse
Everytime I turn the steering wheel and hear and fell it crunching! This has been going on for the last 6 months! I need help.

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  • KatPam Jan 02, 2009

    The steering wheel is solid. There is just an audible "crunch" when you steer to the right or the left. It sounds like there are rocks in the gear box (and I no nothing about auto mechanics) I just noticed today that it's also getting a little stiff as well.

  • KatPam Jan 12, 2009

    problem solved! loose front plates needs to be adjusted so they wouldn't hit the rotors! Thank you for all who replied.

  • mobenoit May 11, 2010

    I'm not sure where you are located,but there is a shop in W.Newbury that specialize in honda and toyota 978-363-5832

  • John Jon May 11, 2010

    crunch?? is your steering wheel wobbling shaking back and forth? that's used tire rod crunch could be cv joint!! sounds bad take it to a front end shop to get it looked at if it is the tire rod I had one snap on me the tire cranked all the way rite the left stayed straight! you could get hurt!!!!!!! maybe others to???take it for another look hard to say with out seeing it!!!! hope this helped you out



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The reason why your hearing this noise is because your CV joints on your car is bad. CV joints go bad when the CV boots have a rip or a tear in them and little pebbles and debree from the road get into the bearings of your axle. Dont worry its not like this big expensive ordeal. What I do suggest is dont even ask about replacing the CV joints because it usually costs the same or even more than just replacing the axles. I know it sounds horrible expencive but its not. When you take your car in tell them you want to replace your front right and left CV axles, because there are two of them in the front. Most people think you only have 1 axle in the front but you technically have two. I find the cheapest way to do it is ordering the axles online. Then finding a job with the cheapest labor rate to put them on.

Go to Select the year, make and model of the car. Then scroll down to the Driveshaft and Axle section and click on Axle Assembly and order the parts from there. I made it a little easier on you, I already looked it up for you and the price

right axle is $99.95
left axle is $99.95

Now you say you get the crunching when you turn left and right so you will need both the left and right axles. Remember that the longer you take to replace them, that crunching noise will continue to get louder and louder

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