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Old 29 Sep 2003, 06:17 pm   #1 (permalink)
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My wife can't take the noise made by the upper strut mounts in her 1997
Camry. You know, the ones the dealer won't fix under warranty because it is
not a mechanical problem. (sarcasm much noted)

Has anybody had the great pleasure to do this work and if so, how much
effort is it?

Thanks,

Scott


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Old 29 Sep 2003, 10:05 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Ha, I have the 97 also and it's beginning to get on my nerves too.
Sounds like loose bones. Hope somebody has some info.

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> My wife can't take the noise made by the upper strut mounts in her 1997
> Camry. You know, the ones the dealer won't fix under warranty because it is
> not a mechanical problem. (sarcasm much noted)
>
> Has anybody had the great pleasure to do this work and if so, how much
> effort is it?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott
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Old 30 Sep 2003, 01:37 pm   #3 (permalink)
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>My wife can't take the noise made by the upper strut mounts in her 1997
>Camry. You know, the ones the dealer won't fix under warranty because it is
>not a mechanical problem. (sarcasm much noted)
>
>Has anybody had the great pleasure to do this work and if so, how much
>effort is it?
>
>Thanks,
>
>Scott


I am in the same boat one of mine is fine the other has made noise
from day one, worse when weather is cold. Toyota tried to fix it
years ago(1997) and failed. The corrected latest part has been out
for a while but not available until long after my warranty ran out..
Toyota refused to fix it with the correct part since my warranty
was over...
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Old 30 Sep 2003, 06:13 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Sad to say - but this one little issue is why I will never buy another
toyota. 100K warranty that excludes this?

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> >My wife can't take the noise made by the upper strut mounts in her 1997
> >Camry. You know, the ones the dealer won't fix under warranty because it

is
> >not a mechanical problem. (sarcasm much noted)
> >
> >Has anybody had the great pleasure to do this work and if so, how much
> >effort is it?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Scott

>
> I am in the same boat one of mine is fine the other has made noise
> from day one, worse when weather is cold. Toyota tried to fix it
> years ago(1997) and failed. The corrected latest part has been out
> for a while but not available until long after my warranty ran out..
> Toyota refused to fix it with the correct part since my warranty
> was over...



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Old 30 Sep 2003, 11:29 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Robmurr,

What is the "corrected latest part"? I have a '99 Solara and sometimes hear
odd noises coming from the front right strut when going over mild bumps.
Maybe a related problem.

Derek

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> >My wife can't take the noise made by the upper strut mounts in her 1997
> >Camry. You know, the ones the dealer won't fix under warranty because it

is
> >not a mechanical problem. (sarcasm much noted)
> >
> >Has anybody had the great pleasure to do this work and if so, how much
> >effort is it?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Scott

>
> I am in the same boat one of mine is fine the other has made noise
> from day one, worse when weather is cold. Toyota tried to fix it
> years ago(1997) and failed. The corrected latest part has been out
> for a while but not available until long after my warranty ran out..
> Toyota refused to fix it with the correct part since my warranty
> was over...



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Old 01 Oct 2003, 07:21 am   #6 (permalink)
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>Robmurr,
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>What is the "corrected latest part"? I have a '99 Solara and sometimes hear
>odd noises coming from the front right strut when going over mild bumps.
>Maybe a related problem.
>
>Derek
>


It is called front strut mount tower (I think)...
I cant lay my hands on the part number right now
but if your dealer has it, it will be the correct one.
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Old 01 Oct 2003, 09:35 pm   #7 (permalink)
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My 99 Camry had the same problem at 31,000 miles. But, I was fortunate,
after seeing the TSB mentioned here, in getting it repaired under the
warranty. I don't know how tough the job is but will share this
observation: it took Toyota almost four hours to do the job; they replaced
ALL of the front suspension parts; and from the parts list and labor time my
guess was about $900 - $1,200 dollars. Again, I am not a technician and
don't know what it really cost them or how difficult it is. I am glad they
finally did it as it was very annoying and continued to get worse! And, it
was/is the car my wife drove to work on pretty good city streets.

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> My wife can't take the noise made by the upper strut mounts in her 1997
> Camry. You know, the ones the dealer won't fix under warranty because it

is
> not a mechanical problem. (sarcasm much noted)
>
> Has anybody had the great pleasure to do this work and if so, how much
> effort is it?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott
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Old 02 Oct 2003, 09:46 pm   #8 (permalink)
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The part that causes all the trouble I
think is the shock tower which has
been redesigned a couple times and
costs about $75 or so...
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Old 03 Oct 2003, 01:59 am   #9 (permalink)
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Ya know they put all this money into ads and then you let an anoying problem be
driven around by how maby primary and secondary owners? Is that a toilet bowl
I hear flushing??? Nope just the heaaad of marketing bang his head against
the wall.

Sorry couldn't resist
Lee
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Old 03 Oct 2003, 02:10 pm   #10 (permalink)
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$56 each - but I was most interested in how many people have
personally done the fix. I can order the parts but if it is too much
of a pain I don't want to start. I have spring compressors, have
done stuff like this many times, but have learned to ask before
starting in case there are any gotchas.

For example, changing the water pump in the same car is a real
pain in the neck. I would not do that again.

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> The part that causes all the trouble I
> think is the shock tower which has
> been redesigned a couple times and
> costs about $75 or so...



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