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SebW20




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1998 Toyota MR2 Mk2 NA Rev5

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Wandering MR2... Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Hi everyone, been a MK2 owner for a while now and iíve recently taken the leap into MK3 ownership...

Generally my MK3 drives and feels great but sometimes I can definitely feel some lateral movement while driving in a straight line and with the steering wheel straight, it feels almost like driving on a very windy day (it wasnít windy!). I think possibly it could be occurring in conjunction with changes in throttle application as it seems pronounced if you are flooring it and then go to change gear but I could be wrong.

Anyone else had anything similar? Got any ideas what it could be?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

steering column uj common fault.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

As above..and also, if you have aftermarket alloys / low-profile tyres, you can get that effect from tramlining, due to the tyre stagger front /rear....

Check tyre pressures, too....

The UJ in the frunk is open to the elements, especially if you have removed the plastic undertrays.

They can get really sh*tty looking...but they often look worse than they actually are: if you don't get steering wheel play when stationary / engine off, then it should be ok.

Best way is to get someone to move the steering wheel while you hold the lower column under the UJ: If they're moving the wheel 2+cm left to right and you're not "feeling it", then there's a problem....! [Wink]
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1998 Toyota MR2 Mk2 NA Rev5

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Thanks for the replies. The UJ looks to be in pretty good condition but I will give it a proper check. It feels like the movement is in the rear of the car but there is nothing obvious to be seen. Iíll try and get the car up on a four poster to give it a thorough checking over... it seems to have gotten worse so itís now off the road until the source of the problem is found and rectified.
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