STEERING WHEEL SHAKE ON 99 GS400 AT 60 MILES PER HOUR
Posted 09 September 2002 - 04:32 PM
I have a 99 GS400 with the stock 17 inch wheel and tire combination. The tires are brand new, with less than 100 miles on them so far. They are the Bridgestone RE-730's, and the first thing I noticed about them is that they are NOISY in comparison to the stock Bridgestone RE 030 tires.
I also notice a distinct vibration at 55 to 60 miles per hour, and it disappears at about 80 on the high end. It does not vibrate at any speed slower than 55 or 60.
I have heard that there is an adjustment to take out excessive slop in the rack and pinion, but can't remember where it is I saw it. I wished now that I had the 16 inch wheel and tire combination. It is not as sporty looking or handling, but the ride is supposed to be smoother, and tire life is supposed to be considerably longer. An website called www.aaarims.com is supposed to have the stock 16 inch wheels in stock. I might just buy a complete set of these to augment the 17's I have on the car now. I called a local Lexus dealership, and the service department did NOT know of an adjustment of the type I described.
I would appreciate any comments or advice that anyone can give me in that regard.
Thanking you in advance,
Posted 18 September 2002 - 09:09 PM
Posted 19 September 2002 - 09:54 AM
Posted 15 October 2002 - 12:57 PM
The Eagles are rougher riding, but I haven't had any problems per se.
However, I have experienced plenty of other steering problems since. The steering in the GS has the same reported problems as their other models. The dealer tech "can" make an adjustment, "tightening up the rack", to reduce steering vibration and body roll. He can also increase your tire pressure that make a difference as well.
This is the only problem that I have with this model, but when BMW releases the 2004 5-Series, it'll be gone.
Posted 22 October 2002 - 11:18 PM
Posted 23 October 2002 - 08:50 PM
Posted 23 October 2002 - 08:56 PM
I stopped by the dealer yesterday to pick up a bulb, and one of the techs told me about a problem he thought was in a bulletin - something about a component in the r&p steering that was flawed in design - and they had a fix. I'm not so sure he 'was supposed to be talking' about this, so I'm going to ask about it later with the service advisor(I don't want to 'tell on him' and give him a bad rap for being honest)
Posted 24 October 2002 - 07:03 PM
We were talking about the steering and suspension on my 2002 GS300 and he volunteered that earlier GS300s had a steering vibration or shake problem. He said the problem was worse with the 17 inch wheels. He said that Lexus changed the design of the steering pinion in 2001 which fixed the problem. The new design stopped the transmission of vibration from the wheels to the steering wheel.
Thats all I know.
Posted 05 November 2002 - 09:05 PM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 04:11 PM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 06:50 PM
The problem ocured at 70 mph.......
Posted 16 May 2003 - 04:26 PM
That's what I was gonna say.. That or alignment..
just had that very problem corrected , by tire balancing........
The problem ocured at 70 mph.......
Posted 17 May 2003 - 11:39 PM
Posted 18 May 2003 - 07:58 AM
Posted 19 May 2003 - 11:02 PM
Ya, it was the strangest thing i have ever had to encounter with in the automotive industry. The service guys were trying to give me a bunch of crap of how my driving style would cause this and all sorts of things. Ispoke to the service Mgr. about that and he said he was sorry. Oh, after the last post i checked to see how long i had the car befor noticing the porblem.. 2 weeks...But long story short the replaced the wheels and tires at no charge. and i lived happly ever after...lol
One of your wheels weren't round?? Damn now that's a mishap.. Atleast you found the problem and had it corrected...