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Toyota Camry Suspension Questions



  • I had/have the same rattle, changed the struts about a year ago and still have the rattle, BUT now I have a sound when I turn the wheel that sounds like the coil spring is catching on something. I hear a boing(right side then left side) when I turn the wheel about half way to either side. Could the springs be not sitting right on the insulators?

  • I just replaced the front struts on my 1998 Camry which has 138,000 on it. I used Monroe QuickStruts.

    Using QuickStruts was amazing: it came as one unit INCLUDING new springs, strut mounts, bearings, cover -- everything! I purchased the QuickStruts at Advanced Auto Parts for a total cost of $352.00 and did the work myself. You can also order the parts on the internet or from other parts stores. Other auto firms wanted $600 to $800 just to replace the struts and strut mounts. By using QuickStruts, I did not have to deal with removing the large springs that are attached to the struts – QuickStruts came with their own springs.

    I am not a mechanic and have not worked on a car in over 20 years, but changing out these front struts was an absolute piece of cake using this assembly. After installing new struts you will need an alignment job – which is usually around $70 to $100.

    Make sure that you purchase a high quality aerosol can of penetrating oil and soak down the lower large bolts located on the bottom of the struts – do this one day BEFORE starting work replacing the struts. Also, spray the bolts about 10 minutes or so before trying to remove them – they can be a bear to remove. The nut size is a 22mm. Use a ½” socket wrench (not 3/8” – I broke mine on these nuts). If the bolts are still frozen – purchase a longer handled socket wrench.

    Also soak down with penetrating oil the sway bar link top mounting bolt and brake line bolts – the bolts must be removed from the old struts and move to the new ones.
  • Is there a step by step book/ or forum that describes how I can change my camry front/rear struts?

  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    The factory shop manual. Order from the coupon in your owner's manual or from any Toyota dealer's parts department.
  • mjtianmjtian Posts: 48
    I don't think this is as easy as changing your oil though. I know it is expensive, mine was about $1,000. But it may be one of those things that it may cause you more headaches if you try to do it on your own.
  • 07xle07xle Posts: 177
    Workshop/service manuals on EBAY for under $10.....
  • Does anyone have a part # or a better description for the lower insulator on a 97 Camry LE? I've been calling auto parts stores and no one seems to know what I'm talking about.
  • bavulabavula Posts: 1
    I own a 1997 Toyota Camry, 4 cylinder, automatic, mileage: 100K. It has ABS brakes, power steering, A/C, cruise control.
    When I bought this car (used) 2 years ago, the mechanic who inspected the car suggested that I change out the suspension system. I did as he advised, and got the suspension changed (both front and back). But the new suspension system that he installed is very stiff. It feels like sports car like suspension. I can feel every bump/hole on the road. My wife is complaining lately about this.

    I would like to have a much smoother ride in the car, something you would typically get in luxury cars. I do not care as much for the handling/cornering abilities. I am not a sports car driver. Is there something that can be done?

    Does the existing suspension system need to be replaced with another system, or can some "tweaks" be done to the existing suspension to produce a smoother ride?

    If I have to replace the system, what kind of suspension (make/model) should I buy?
    How much does it cost? Is this something I can do myself with some instructions?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    When they "changed out the suspension" 2 years ago, exactly what did they do to it......what parts did they use, and what did they charge you?

    Did they just replace the struts (kept original springs), or something more?

    What tires did you put on the car, and what inflation pressure do you run in them?

    Just to reset on expectations.....if you want a "smooth ride like a luxury car", you won't get it on 10 year old Camry with 100K+ miles....and you should be asking yourself whether any of these changes are a good financial decision to do. There are things you can do if parts wear out to make it better (for instance tires), but I'm not sure I'd be throwing a bunch of money at a 10 year old car to replace non-defective suspension parts. You'd probably be better off saving the money for a couple years, and use it toward your next replacement vehicle.
  • How difficult is it to change the torque strut mount on my 98 Camry 4cyl? It looks pretty straight forward, but I'm not sure if the motor will move or shift once I remove the old strut. Any advice would be very helpful.
  • ca0412ca0412 Posts: 3
    I have a 2007 camry SE V6 that I have put in eibach lowering springs, which let the car corner well ,but now the struts are too soft . any thoughts on firmer or adjustable aftermarket struts?
  • If you lowered more than 2", you'll need new struts, but be careful what you buy or you'll have a really bad ride. If you can afford them, Bilsteins are fabulous shocks. For decent entry level shocks you could try KYB. Koni makes a nice adjustable shock. I definitely wouldn't get too firm. You want compliance for street driving.

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  • ca0412ca0412 Posts: 3
    I only lowered the car 1.5" but wanted to know what if anyone MAKES aftermarket struts for the 07 Camry SE yet

  • Oh, okay, Did you check with TRD? Might give them a call and ask what's coming down the pipe.
  • hi, im wondering if i change the spring of my camry to a longer one (+/- 7 cm more), would it be possible? and what are the effects? do i need to change other parts?
  • Have a 98 Camry with 52,000 original miles on it. Have a loud squeching noice coming from rear of car (Mostly when weather turns cooler) when going over speed bumps or dips, holes in road, etc. This has been going on for about 4 years. Don't hear it when the weather is warm. Do not have any trouble with oddly worn tires and rear struts seem OK. Car handles great, no leaks, etc. Does this sound like a squeeking bushing problem?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Personally....I'd be suspecting a strut was bad for a metal-to-metal sound.
  • ssubssub Posts: 2
    Hi Savvy13, I have a 1999 camery too now 57k miles on it, went for inspection & got failed for safety. I was asked to replace only rear struts, did replace them with those private inspection guys. They charged me $140 for each strut & the labor &150.
  • dfs2dfs2 Posts: 1
    I own a 1998 camry and wish to replace rear trailing arms and noticed that fuel tank is in the way of removing center bolts. Can the bolts be cut and installed in the reverse or must the fuel tank or subframe be dropped for this procedure.
  • smy123smy123 Posts: 2

    I have a 2007 Camry XLE with 40,000 miles on it. The front struts are leaking already. This seems pretty premature. Meeting with the dealer today to see if they'll do anything for me. Has anyone else had this experience? Any suggestions?

    Thank you,

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