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Old 09 Mar 2009, 09:57 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I've gone over the curb a couple times and whenever I'm on slightly
uneven pavement or driving over small bumps there is some rumbling and
vibration in my 4cyl 99 Camry. I get someone to looking at it and he
says the bushings are shot so I need to replace the struts and strut
mounts for all sides at a cost of 1500 buckaroos. Is there a cheaper
option? I don't mind the vibration and sound so much as I want to
prevent further damage.
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Old 09 Mar 2009, 10:06 pm   #2 (permalink)
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To save money the mechanic has to diagnose the problem correctly.
Noises are always hard to diagnose, because sounds can travel from one
part to the next.

That said, the front strut mounts of that generation of Camrys were
problematic. Some came defective from the factory. And after all
these years the rubber spring seats and struts probably need to be
replaced along with the mounts.

The stablizer bushings are less of a problem. However, the engine
mounts and lower control arm bushings can crack with age. So it's
important the mechanic properly isolate the noise.


On Mar 9, 7:57*pm, nko...@gmail.com wrote:
> I've gone over the curb a couple times and whenever I'm on slightly
> uneven pavement or driving over small bumps there is some rumbling and
> vibration in my 4cyl 99 Camry. I get someone to looking at it and he
> says the bushings are shot so I need to replace the struts and strut
> mounts for all sides at a cost of 1500 buckaroos. Is there a cheaper
> option? I don't mind the vibration and sound so much as I want to
> prevent further damage.


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Old 09 Mar 2009, 10:40 pm   #3 (permalink)
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BTW, if you isolate the problem only to the front strut assemblies
then you can consider Monroe QuickStrut. It's about $200 each (plus
shipping). You'll get all new components and shops can usually install
them $30-50 a corner. Then another $60 for alignment, hopefully on a
recently calibrated Hunter machine.

Or you can do just the fronts and see how things go. Plus alignment of
course

http://www.monroe.com/products/quickstrut.asp


On Mar 9, 7:57*pm, nko...@gmail.com wrote:
> I've gone over the curb a couple times and whenever I'm on slightly
> uneven pavement or driving over small bumps there is some rumbling and
> vibration in my 4cyl 99 Camry. I get someone to looking at it and he
> says the bushings are shot so I need to replace the struts and strut
> mounts for all sides at a cost of 1500 buckaroos. Is there a cheaper
> option? I don't mind the vibration and sound so much as I want to
> prevent further damage.


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Old 10 Mar 2009, 03:55 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On Mar 9, 7:57*pm, nko...@gmail.com wrote:
> I've gone over the curb a couple times and whenever I'm on slightly
> uneven pavement or driving over small bumps there is some rumbling and
> vibration in my 4cyl 99 Camry. I get someone to looking at it and he
> says the bushings are shot so I need to replace the struts and strut
> mounts for all sides at a cost of 1500 buckaroos. Is there a cheaper
> option? I don't mind the vibration and sound so much as I want to
> prevent further damage.



Do the noises go away for a time when you spray silicone on the front
rubber strut mounts?

Michael
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Old 14 Mar 2009, 01:46 am   #5 (permalink)
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On Mar 9, 10:57*pm, nko...@gmail.com wrote:
> I've gone over the curb a couple times and whenever I'm on slightly
> uneven pavement or driving over small bumps there is some rumbling and
> vibration in my 4cyl 99 Camry. I get someone to looking at it and he
> says the bushings are shot so I need to replace the struts and strut
> mounts for all sides at a cost of 1500 buckaroos. Is there a cheaper
> option? I don't mind the vibration and sound so much as I want to
> prevent further damage.


how much did you think it was going to cost?
have the dealer look at it too, if you need a second opinion.
you can buy suspension parts cheaper online but your mechanic may not
appreciate it.
after 10 years and some obvious abuse you should ensure that the work
is comprehensive. you are going to pay a lot for labor, make sure they
replace all the worn parts now so you aren't facing yet another big
bill in a couple of years.
or buy a new Camry now that they're so cheap.
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