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Old 05-14-2014, 10:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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It saddens me to see how far this has gone with my recommendations based on you having some recourse with the selling dealer. It was only on post 27 that this information was made obvious to me and every prior recommendation was based on you having that recourse.

I've been soo poor that I had to resort to the observer determining which wheel was hopping. I only hope that you know someone who is perceptive enough to observe which wheel-tire is the casue of your problem. Maybe your father?

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Old 05-14-2014, 10:25 PM   #32 (permalink)
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It saddens me to see how far this has gone with my recommendations based on you having some recourse with the selling dealer. It was only on post 27 that this information was made obvious to me and every prior recommendation was based on you having that recourse.

I've been soo poor that I had to resort to the observer determining which wheel was hopping. I only hope that you know someone who is perceptive enough to observe which wheel-tire is the casue of your problem. Maybe your father?

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I could have sworn I posted that sooner, I sincerely apologize for not making 100% sure I stated it sooner. Also, the back left rim is still bent, but I have both the new rims with the good tires on the front so, shouldn't the shimmy not be there anymore with the bent rim being in the back? When my dad comes home tomorrow from work he told me we are going to take the tires/rims off his '04 Corolla and put them on mine to see if it goes away. I'm sorry Mechanic for not being 100% sure, I have never gone through this and I'm extremely stressed about this... I don't know what to do and it terrifies me because if I don't get it fixed I'm worried the car will rattle apart driving it to work everyday. And last but not least, I did test drive it, but it was all city so the fastest I got the car up to was 55mph and it's smooth at that speed. The nearest freeway was like 5-7 miles away of city driving, no highway...
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Swapping out wheels that you know are good is PERFECT. Let us know the results.
Makes me feel much better now.

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Swapping out wheels that you know are good is PERFECT. Let us know the results.
Makes me feel much better now.

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I just looked it up, the '04 corolla has 15" rims, that won't make a difference will it? The '00 has 14" but there is plenty of room under the wheel well anyway.

Also yes, I shall post the results immediately.
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Thanks. I'll let you know how it works tomorrow when we do the test.
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After all you have been through, I sure hope it solves your problem.

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Just my luck, no car out of the 8 other cars we have here at my house, have the proper lug pattern (4). Every single one is a 5, including my dads Corolla.
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So I just replaced the last bent rim and it rides SO MUCH SMOOTHER. But there is still a vibration on the right side of the car and the shimmy is still there... I recorded the shimmy on my phone I'll upload it later. It's just weird because sometimes the shimmy goes away and it's butter smooth, but it only lasts a few seconds then it comes back full force again. At least the car is comfortable to drive now, I don't have any worries about driving it to work.

This doesn't really serve it justice, but you can see it regardless. I was driving 70mph on the freeway so, it's kinda shake, kinda. The quick jolts is me grabbing the wheel and correcting my heading to keep me strait (it's kinda windy so the wind was blowing me to the side).

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So just for a recap, this is what I have done so far to try and cure the problem.

Front end alignment + fix the left control arm ($195).
Balanced every tire and had the (worst) bent rims relocated to the rear.
Replaced one rim and had all 4 tires made sure they were balanced right ($55).
Replaced right control arm and replaced another bent rim + another alignment ($246).
Replaced the last bent rim and rechecked to make sure all rims are balanced ($55).

I have had my dad and 3 mechanic shops look at the car and nobody can find out what the problem is. I'm at a complete loss.

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