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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: 5
    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?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,579
    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: 5
    I only lowered the car 1.5" but wanted to know what if anyone MAKES aftermarket struts for the 07 Camry SE yet

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,579
    Oh, okay, Did you check with TRD? Might give them a call and ask what's coming down the pipe.

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  • 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,

  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Have a 2007 w/44K miles, just rotated the tires last weekend and no strut leakage or suspension problems anywhere.
  • rvharrierrvharrier Posts: 1
    I can see there are a ton of questions over the years and I've read them all. I just had my front struts, coils and mounts replaced a long with new brake pads, alignment and break fluid for $600.00. And now my car runs like a charm and like it's new.

    My front end struts were shot. In addition, I added 4, 80,000 mile michelin tires on sale at costco-I love costco warranty, got alignment, changed the oil, transmission fluid and changed the air filter.

    I was seeing unusual wear and my car was bottoming out over bumps. Here are a few lessons I learned (I'm not a mechanic):

    1) If you have unusual wear on your tires, most likely it's alignment or the shocks.
    2) If you need to replace your tires, make sure you get alignment -All 4-especially if you have unusual wear
    3) Always check your shocks when you get new tires-ideally, you want your shocks to go out the same time your tires wear out. This is because shocks will definately affect alignment. So if you put on 80,000 miles tires, like me, you ideally want a shock that will last 80,000 miles.

    If you wait a long time, not installing shocks can affect other stabilizing components of the car over the long term. Once I got the new tires, shocks and alignment brakes and the fluids.

    It's not unusual is you are a city driver for your front shocks to last only half as long as your back. This is because the bumps the city drivers have are generally speed bumps or deep dips in the road and the front shocks take most the load most of the time. If you are careful over those dips and take it easy over the bumps, you can significantly extend the life of the shocks.

    Next, as you can imagine all the stuff I did cost about $950.00. I mean everything. My car is 10 years old-Now it looks (inside and out as well as under the hood) and runs like new. If you figure in that I have not had a payment for at least 6 years, this really is worth the money. If I didn't it, I would have to buy another car a lot sooner and spend a lot more money in the future.

    Moral of the story is always save money to perform maintenance-expect big outlays ever 60-80 miles because of shocks. I know it's easy to get use to the simple oil and transmission changes/air filter. When you buy tires, think about the cost per mile.

    So here is the last word from me. If you have been diligent and been doing your maintenance, then yes, it's absolutely worth it to invest $350-$700 on shocks. I would say the same thing if it was 20 years. If you take care of your car and treat it right, you should get 30 years or 300,000 miles out of it... whatever comes first.

    Check the belts, check the bearings, check the joints, check the boots every time you get your oil. You will mitigate most of your major repairs. You want a nice car where you know the history and are confident it will take you there. Look at the prices of cars now. Many of my friends have gone through three cars in the 10 years I owned m Camry. It's a lot of money to toss away just for not planning or budgeting for regular maintenance.

    I hope this helps someone :-)
  • I have the same problem.. Right around 40000 miles. Im my case the dealership did nothing for me. Ive contacted Toyota.. At first it seemed like they were going to do something, but they havent yet. Ive lloked at all the strut manufactures, such as monroe, an no one make a strut for the 07 camry yet (because they shouldnt need them yet). I refuse to put the toyota junk back on, especially if Im only going to get 40000 miles out of it. I recently looked at airbags for it, they were a little expensive, but seem like a worthwile upgrade. I also looked at trading it in on a Fusion. I even took the Fusion for a test drive. Wish I would have looked at it first, there was no comparison, although the Fusion was more expensive.

    Mine is a 2007, and I bough the extended warranty. This will be my last Toyota.
  • I have a questions about the 98 Camry rattle.
    I change the rear sway bar links and bushings, noise still there.
    This started about 6month ago, when going over bumps, like small bumps in the road and manhole cover it sounds like the rear suspension is going to come out from under the car. I'm looking at replacing the Struts, the car has only 91120 miles on it, not abused, regular maintenance done on the car.
    Any Ideas on what can be causing this terrible rattle.
  • I also have a 2007 Camry LE. Currently i have about 39K, and been through 5 struts alrealdy. And currently 2 more in the front is leaking. I called Toyota up cause the dealer said it was not bad at 34.5K even though it was leaking. But it's leaking more now at 39K. They said they will call me back. My friend also have the same 07 Camry, he have gone through 6 struts, and 2 more is being replace. Anyone have anymore of these experience? I think 07 Camry should be recall for "defective" struts!
  • I have a 2007 Toyota Camry with 37,000 miles...3 struts are leaking. Outrageous
  • I'm getting the New Motor Vehicle Board, Comsumer mediation services to help. You can call them at 916-445-1888. Struts should not be going bad/leaks so early like that. I'm going to exhaust all my options. Let me know how things go for you. If not you can email me at to see what we can help each other with.
  • I live in NY...I don't think we have a New Motor Vehicle Board, consumer mediation service but I'm interested to hear what happens with your situation.
  • I replaced struts on a 1999 LE and this did not solve the problem. Here's a link that probably identifies the real culprit.

    Good luck.
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