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1998 Camry 3.0L V6

Old 10-27-2008, 07:05 PM
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Default 1998 Camry 3.0L V6

Hey...i just bought a 1998 Camry, 3.0L V6 engine. The car is amazing. Engine looks maintained and the body is pretty much in shape. My concern is that when I go over 60mph and then gradually brake, there a wobble in the stearing til 40mph.I do not loose control but the steering vibrates for sometime.
1. Does it need wheel alignment or is there a problem with the front ball joints. The front tyres are ok but I need to replace them before winters start. What all can I check for this?

2. Also is there any place or good store where I can find Toyota camry parts. I want to get my rear shock changed.

3. How often should I get the tuning of the car done and how frequent should the oils be changed.

4. Any advice for the maintainence of the car is welcome.

Thanks in advance!!!
Old 10-27-2008, 09:17 PM
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Default RE: 1998 Camry 3.0L V6

If the problem only occurs when braking the issue may be warped brake rotors.

If you suspect a suspension problem raise each front wheel off the ground, grasp at the 3 and 9 o'clock location and shake to check for play. Remove the front tires and inspect ball joints, tie rod ends (there is a joint at each end of the steering arm going to the knuckle), lower control arm bushings and wheel bearing for excess play.

For a maintenance schedule see the link below:

Do you Toyota OEM parts or name brand aftermarket that are cheaper?

Suggest replacing the oil and filter at 5000 miles.

Suggest purchasing a Haynes repair manual for this car (under $20) for referance.

Old 10-28-2008, 10:24 AM
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Default RE: 1998 Camry 3.0L V6

I'm with toyomoho. What you are describing is classic warped rotor symtoms. Often when rotors are warped alot and then they are cut they simply warp again. I would OEM rotors and new pads and call it good. I also would do as toyomoto says and check the front end for wear because all of that vibration is abusive to front control arm parts.

As far as general maintanance, I would find out when your Timing chain was replaced. Critical.

I looked into having someone do my struts before i did them myself and Sears actually had the best price plus you can find a sears anywere (in the u.s.)
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