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Old 19 Feb 2009, 11:58 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,

I hear squeaking, cracking and thumping sounds from the drivers front
(DF) and passengers front (PF) sides of my 1998 Toyota Camry LE (4
cyl). The sounds seems to go away when the weather is warm/hot and it
comes back when the weather goes below 50. Steering quality is good
without any resistance. I don't feel any play on the steering either.
I am thinking the strut mounts and/or bearing are shot and need
replacement. Any other thing that could be causing this situation? I
was thinking about replacing all the 4 struts with Monroe Quick
Struts. What is the quality like on those struts. These quick struts
are available on the cheap from strutmasters in NC as compared to
other places. I am thinking of doing them myself. Considering that I
have done all brake work, starter replacement, engine tuneups
including spark plugs and wires, oil and coolant changes etc. myself,
is there any hindrance to doing this myself? Any tips, gotchas and
things I need to be careful off?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks

stony
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Old 19 Feb 2009, 09:38 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Feb 19, 12:58*pm, Stony Peat <x...@x.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> I hear squeaking, cracking and thumping sounds from the drivers front
> (DF) *and passengers front (PF) sides of my 1998 Toyota Camry LE (4
> cyl). *The sounds seems to go away when the weather is warm/hot and it
> comes back when the weather goes below 50. Steering quality is good
> without any resistance. *I don't feel any play on the steering either.
> I am thinking the strut mounts and/or bearing are shot and need
> replacement. *Any other thing that could be causing this situation? I
> was thinking about replacing all the 4 struts with Monroe Quick
> Struts. *What is the quality like on those struts. *These quick struts
> are available on the cheap from strutmasters in NC as compared to
> other places. *I am thinking of doing them myself. *Considering that I
> have done all brake work, starter replacement, engine tuneups
> including spark plugs and wires, oil and coolant changes etc. myself,
> is there any hindrance to doing this myself? Any tips, gotchas and
> things I need to be careful off?
>
> Any help is appreciated. *Thanks
>
> stony


10 year old struts are likely worn.
I suggest KYBs, not Monroe.
Check Tire Rack for pricing.
Might want to check suspension bushings before doing the struts.
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Old 21 Feb 2009, 05:26 pm   #3 (permalink)
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For that generation of Camrys the front strut mounts are defective (if
the noise aren't from struts and ball joints). The next generation the
rear strut mounts are defective.

People have complained that the aftermarket KYB mounts look real
cheap, like old mounts painted over (google). I personally would go
with Spicer Professional series. Spicer is a Tier-1 supplier. In the
tuner circle, KYB means "Keep Your Bilsteins". I'd stay away from KYB.

The only thing I don't like about the Monroe Quickstrut is the
SensaTrac strut they used. These older designs have a groove cut into
the piston rod (who came up with this kind of design?) and are being
slowly phased out in favor of the new Reflex. For this reason I would
go with Gabriel Ultra at Autozone (they also carry the Bilstein for
other cars), with 9 stages of inertia sensitive valving. It's good for
typical driving.

See how Gabriel hinted at the cheap SensaTrac "position sensitive"
design, heeheehee:
http://www.gabriel.com/gforce1/eng/default.htm





On Feb 19, 9:58*am, Stony Peat <x...@x.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> I hear squeaking, cracking and thumping sounds from the drivers front
> (DF) *and passengers front (PF) sides of my 1998 Toyota Camry LE (4
> cyl). *The sounds seems to go away when the weather is warm/hot and it
> comes back when the weather goes below 50. Steering quality is good
> without any resistance. *I don't feel any play on the steering either.
> I am thinking the strut mounts and/or bearing are shot and need
> replacement. *Any other thing that could be causing this situation? I
> was thinking about replacing all the 4 struts with Monroe Quick
> Struts. *What is the quality like on those struts. *These quick struts
> are available on the cheap from strutmasters in NC as compared to
> other places. *I am thinking of doing them myself. *Considering that I
> have done all brake work, starter replacement, engine tuneups
> including spark plugs and wires, oil and coolant changes etc. myself,
> is there any hindrance to doing this myself? Any tips, gotchas and
> things I need to be careful off?
>
> Any help is appreciated. *Thanks
>
> stony


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