Hello, My question is regarding my 2005 Avalon. I maybe the second or possibly third owner, I'm not sure. My car tends to vibrate when I reach about 65 to 75 miles per hour. It pulls a bit as well. I have taken it to a couple of shops, one of them a dealer. I was told it needed the entire rack and pinon, to replacing the entire sub-frame, to the front axle's being bad, then the latest guy told me that he though it was the front tires that needed replacing...Hell I can't seem to get a clear answer from anyone. Can you guys give me a hand with this so I know what my car actually needs...I'm confused and a bit taken with all of mis-information...
What does my Avalon really need for it to be driven without any concerns? on 2005 Toyota Avalon
by Pinchevato in West Sacramento, CA on April 21, 2011
ANSWER by DaveJHM on April 21, 2011
Wow, how frustrating this seems. Vibrating - if you feel this in your steering wheel, and it kind of oscillates, then you have a wheel balancing issue, typically. High speed only vibration is an out of balance issue. If you feel vibration only when braking - then this would be related to brake rotors being out of round. Pulling - this can be a result of a wheel alignment issue, or it can be from a tire that has a "radial pull" - meaning the tire has settled and worn in a fashion that causes the vehicle to drift. Regarding the rack and pinion steering gear, the entire subframe, front axles... I cannot really pass judgment because I have not seen the car. However, based on your description, I wouldn't look at those components first.