Front End Vibration

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    My Sequoia is in the shop right now! They are telling me that the noise from the front end (kind of sounds like when you get too far off the edge of the freeway and you hit those ribs on the side of the road, just quieter) is normal!!! They say its the front driveshaft. I've seen some talk about this on the board, and was wondering if anyone has seen any resolution to this issue.
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    I had this same symptom at 500 miles.. Replaced right front hub and front differential. Cured the problem.. It was primarily at slower speeds in 2WD. Went away when 4WD was engaged! Am now at 20,000 miles with no further problems.. Plus had DJ's excellent suggested front end alignment specs which 'transformed' my Sequoia from a road wanderer with no steering feel to a wonderful 'tracker' with some vague steering feel!

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    Another possibility which I forgot to mention was those wonderful $59 Dunlop OEM tires if yours is so equipped.. Consider new Michelins or getting them balanced with the super balance system (whose name excapes me), moved around, etc.. Tires are many times a culprit in Sequoia vibrations..

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    I opened a case with Toyota today. They also said it is happening to all 2002 Sequoia's & Tundra's to some extent (when they're cold). They claim they're working on a solution and will let me know when they have a solution. So, I guess I live with it for now... Arrrrrr!

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    quote:
    Originally posted by georgeseq:
    Another possibility which I forgot to mention was those wonderful $59 Dunlop OEM tires if yours is so equipped.. Consider new Michelins or getting them balanced with the super balance system (whose name excapes me), moved around, etc.. Tires are many times a culprit in Sequoia vibrations

    It's a GSP9700 by Hunter Engineering. Go see
    http://www.gsp9700.com/pub/search/FindGSP9700.cfm

    http://www.hunter.com/pub/product/ba...159T/4159t.pdf

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    One thing they mentioned was that it wouldn't happen in 4WD.... I tried and it yesterday, and sure enough, the noise goes away in 4WD...

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    Winter weather is back here in MN, and so is my vibration! Anyone else had this problem and got it fixed?

    Thanks!

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    Have them do the Brake TSB, which includes repacking/replacing the front hub bearings and seals. Have them use synthetic grease, which will make the bearings last for a lifetime. I talked to the dealer about the grease and he'll use it if it is in spec and if I provide it. I use Amsoil non-moly in bearings.

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    Ok, call me slow... I looked in the TSB's for the 2002 Seq and didn't see a brake related one?? Do you know the TSB # you used to get them to do the work?

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    Look at the Tundra brake TSBs and the many threads on this Post regarding such. It applies to both vehicles. I personally watched a Tech finish the TSB on a 4X4 Sequoia last week - new calipers, brake hoses, steering knuckles, pads, rotors, caliper ear brackets, seals and repack/replace bearings. Each front side was torn down to the half-shaft, and replaced with new parts!!

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    Default Re: Front End Vibration

    i have just noticed on my 2003 sequoia some similar symptoms noted on this forum. it is a slight noise (bearing noise), like you are on a rough road. placing in 4wd, the noise goes away. i am a master certified tech and i plan to inspect this week. when i find a resolution, i will post. it does not sound to me like differential failure because it would be more pronounced in 4wd if that were the case. it started happening after i placed in 4wd for the 1st time this winter season. it sounds more like something just is not completely disengaging when placed back into 2wd. hopefully this will be a cheap fix. would love to hear anyonelses fix to this problem if seen before. may save me some diagnostic time! thanks!

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    Dealer kept giving me the run around (4 months) saying they could not hear the noise! Call Toyota 800 line a lodged a complaint. Took it back to dealer... and they finally noticed the sound. They replaced the entire transfer case (warranty). Be specific to dealer.. look @ transfer case or front diff.

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    I get a vibration like that and I've linked it to the fan speed on the heating system. I can feel the vibration nad hear it but when I turn down fan speed it goes away...

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    I have had a vibration issue since new on my 04. Only around 38-42 mph, in 2wd, worse when cold. Went away in 4wd. I brought it in twice in the first year of ownership, the dealer said it was normal. Oddly, now that it is 3 years old and has 50K on it, the vibration is just about gone. I barely notice it. Not sure why.

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    I have an issue that sounds to be about the same as what you guys say here...

    Bearing noise from the front end(it sounds like it's somewhere around the front half of the transmission/clutch area or possibly the front axel)... it's speed sensitive and happens in all gears and also in neutral regardless of whether the clutch is in or out, and even does it when I shut the motor off and coast to a stop in neutral from about 45 MPH. It's only noticeable when it's cold out.. like below 40-45 degrees, and it's worse the colder it gets out... yet the noise generally goes away for the most part after about 10 minutes of driving.

    I have no idea what it is, but I hope it's not a transmission bearing or transfer case bearing, as my truck is far out of warranty now(2001 year truck), with about 73K miles on it.

    The last few times I tested it, it only did it in 2WD, but I'm going to try it in 4WD tonight or tomorrow and see if it's still only noticeable as a 2WD problem... since the noise seems to have gotten louder in the past 2 months and I could probably hear it better now in 4WD than before(especially since it's really frickin cold out lately).

    I'd love to hear if anyone else gets anywhere with this and tracks down the problem... please update us if anyone has found the problem.
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