As some of you know, in Nov my Hyundai died and I had to rent a car. Although I had lots of problems with my Sonata, which was always breaking down, the ride was always very smooth. It was also under warranty during most of the problems, although I got sick & tired of living at the Hyundai dealership.
So I finally found a pre-owned 2006 Camry with about 18,000 miles on it. It's been running okay, but it never felt very comfortable to me. So in Jan I decided to take it to my local Toyota dealer for the 25,000 service (it had 21,000) and they changed the oil and rotated the wheels, and whatever cost me $69 plus. I noticed a slight vibration when driving and they said I needed a wheel balance. One person said that perhaps the car was out of alignment and that didn't show up until the tires were rotated. Anyway, I made the mistake of taking the car to Walmart to save a little money. At least they didn't charge me, since the mechanic couldn't seem to balance the wheels correctly and suggested I take the car back to the dealer.
About 2 weeks ago I had a 4 wheel balance for $39.95 and was told I needed an alignment because the car was pulling to the right. I didn't notice it too much before the tires were balanced, but I also didn't want to take a chance on wearing them out, so last week I took the car back for an alignment. I figured this would be my last visit to the service department for a long time.
Well I'm trying not to go crazy from the pain the vibrations are causing in my back which is setting off my sciatica, but I feel as if someone just plugged me into an electrical socket. After the alignment, I felt as if the car was pulling to the left! When I drive, even at 20 mph, it feels as if I am driving on a dirt road with lots of bumps and the vibes transfer from the gas pedal through my leg. The steering wheel is not shimmering at all, fast speeds don't make it any worse, and the car seems to drive straight except for the slight left pull.
What could be causing this? I bought the Camry because everyone I know told me it's the best car made and I'll be driving it for the next 10 years. Now I wish I had bought the Malibu that was $4,000 less. I'll never be able to suffer like this for the next 5 years or at least until I pay down the loan at little.
Any suggestions will be appreciated. I'm wondering if there is something wrong with the front end.