Toyota Corolla (E120): Chassis

On–vehicle inspection

1. Inspect steering linkage

  1.  check the steering wheel freeplay .
  2.  check the steering linkage for looseness or damage.
  1.  Check that the tie rod ends do not have excessive play.
  2.  Check that the dust seals and boots are not damaged.
  3.  Check that the boot clamps are not loose.

2. Inspect steering gear housing oil

  1.  check the steering gear housing for oil leakage.

    If oil is leaking, find the cause and repair it.

3. Inspect ball joints and dust covers

  1.  inspect the ball joints for excessive looseness.
  1.  Jack up the front of the vehicle and place wooden blocks with a height of 180 to 200 mm (7.09 To 7.87 In.) Under the front tires.
  2.  Lower the vehicle until the front coil spring has about half its ordinary load. Place stands under the vehicle for safety.
  3.  Check that the front wheels are pointing straight ahead. Use chocks.
  4.  Using a lever, pry up the end of the lower arm. Check the amount of play.

    Maximum ball joint vertical play: 0 mm (0 in.) If there is any play, replace the ball joint.

  5.  check the dust cover for damage.

4. Inspect drive shaft boots

  1.  check the drive shaft boots for loose clamps, grease leakage, kink or damage.

5. Check transaxle oil (fluid)

  1.  visually check the transaxle for oil (fluid) leakage.

    If oil is leaking, find the cause and repair it.

6. Rotate tires

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