'95 Camry rear suspension?

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Old 28 Oct 2004, 11:51 am   #1 (permalink)
Wayner
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Hi. My Camry is a '95 v-6 sedan LE and very well maintained.

However, even with new (correct sized) Toyo tires, I've now noticed the ride
becoming a lot harsher over this past year with the feeling of all the
little road bumps and imperfections. In fact while riding over some of the
larger road ruts, there is a decided knock from the rear area. When loaded
with people the rear tires feel as if they are biting into the pavement even
though those aren't the power wheels.

My first thought was with the shocks/struts but when I push down on each of
the four corners of the car, the bounce return is still gradual = normal.
But I can still hear that knock from the right rear when I bounce that
corner ..a little less so from the left corner. So that leads me to think
the actual hydraulic shock cartridge may be ok but the assembly might be at
fault?

My question is, what can I do now as a further check and perhaps attempt a
repair of this part of the suspension? Is a realignment involved afterwards
(as with front struts)?
With a reasonable head for mechanical repairs (I do my own work on our old
'55 Chevy p/up truck and other at-home vehicles), am I able to do this
myself without a lot of specialty equipment ..is it a big job better left
to a shop?

Thanks for your help,
Wayne


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Old 28 Oct 2004, 01:10 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: '95 Camry rear suspension?

I had the front shocks changed on my
97 camry and it made a tremendous
ride improvement. You can do them
yourself. Get a Haynes manual and
coil spring compressors and be careful
those springs have a lot of energy.
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Old 28 Oct 2004, 02:08 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I'll bet they made a difference. My front suspension seems to be alright.
It's the rear I need help with.


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>I had the front shocks changed on my
> 97 camry and it made a tremendous
> ride improvement. You can do them
> yourself. Get a Haynes manual and
> coil spring compressors and be careful
> those springs have a lot of energy.



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Old 28 Oct 2004, 04:53 pm   #4 (permalink)
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My camry struts went bad by going hard not soft. New struts made a great
improvement. A rear bushing may be bad also

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Old 28 Oct 2004, 05:08 pm   #5 (permalink)
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The upper strut mounts are what are giving you problems. We see this a
bunch. While you are at it you may as well replace the struts as well as
the upper mounts, as you will have them out of the car. It's pretty basic
stuff if you're familiar with the work. You'll need a spring compressor to
disassemble the McPherson strut assembly, but other than that, normal
tools. I would recommend a Chilton vs. Haynes, as they are much more
thorough. Haynes manuals have photos that look like they were taken from a
satellite.
Also do an alignment afterwards.

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Old 28 Oct 2004, 10:27 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I have similar problem. I replaced the rear strut and the upper mounts
myself. But the problem didn't go away. Next, I will try sway bar bushing.
If I'm not lucky, I may have to change sway bar link also... It's real pain
that I cannot find the problem at the first place.

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Old 29 Oct 2004, 12:08 am   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. Was it a difficult re&re? How long did it take you
to do both sides?
I would be interested in seeing your results with the stabilizer bar bushing
changeout as the strut re&re is expensive ..even just talking parts. I
wonder what the shops do to pin down the actual problem. How do they
isolate a bad set of strut assemblies for instance?
Wayne




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>I have similar problem. I replaced the rear strut and the upper mounts
> myself. But the problem didn't go away. Next, I will try sway bar bushing.
> If I'm not lucky, I may have to change sway bar link also... It's real
> pain
> that I cannot find the problem at the first place.
>



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Old 29 Oct 2004, 10:14 am   #8 (permalink)
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For me cheap set of rear sway bar bushing solved the knocking noise in the
rear end when going over bumps. Very easy to replace.
Andrew

"Wayner" <wgt@telus.net> wrote in message
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> Hi. My Camry is a '95 v-6 sedan LE and very well maintained.
>
> However, even with new (correct sized) Toyo tires, I've now noticed the

ride
> becoming a lot harsher over this past year with the feeling of all the
> little road bumps and imperfections. In fact while riding over some of

the
> larger road ruts, there is a decided knock from the rear area. When

loaded
> with people the rear tires feel as if they are biting into the pavement

even
> though those aren't the power wheels.
>
> My first thought was with the shocks/struts but when I push down on each

of
> the four corners of the car, the bounce return is still gradual = normal.
> But I can still hear that knock from the right rear when I bounce that
> corner ..a little less so from the left corner. So that leads me to

think
> the actual hydraulic shock cartridge may be ok but the assembly might be

at
> fault?
>
> My question is, what can I do now as a further check and perhaps attempt a
> repair of this part of the suspension? Is a realignment involved

afterwards
> (as with front struts)?
> With a reasonable head for mechanical repairs (I do my own work on our old
> '55 Chevy p/up truck and other at-home vehicles), am I able to do this
> myself without a lot of specialty equipment ..is it a big job better left
> to a shop?
>
> Thanks for your help,
> Wayne
>
>



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Old 29 Oct 2004, 04:32 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks, Andrew. Did it also solve the feeling of rear tire squash when
taking off?
Wayne




"Andrew LeBreton" <owls_eyes.no.spam....@.....hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> For me cheap set of rear sway bar bushing solved the knocking noise in the
> rear end when going over bumps. Very easy to replace.
> Andrew
>
> "Wayner" <wgt@telus.net> wrote in message
> news:xs9gd.34996$9b.28193@edtnps84...
>> Hi. My Camry is a '95 v-6 sedan LE and very well maintained.
>>
>> However, even with new (correct sized) Toyo tires, I've now noticed the

> ride
>> becoming a lot harsher over this past year with the feeling of all the
>> little road bumps and imperfections. In fact while riding over some of

> the
>> larger road ruts, there is a decided knock from the rear area. When

> loaded
>> with people the rear tires feel as if they are biting into the pavement

> even
>> though those aren't the power wheels.
>>
>> My first thought was with the shocks/struts but when I push down on each

> of
>> the four corners of the car, the bounce return is still gradual = normal.
>> But I can still hear that knock from the right rear when I bounce that
>> corner ..a little less so from the left corner. So that leads me to

> think
>> the actual hydraulic shock cartridge may be ok but the assembly might be

> at
>> fault?
>>
>> My question is, what can I do now as a further check and perhaps attempt
>> a
>> repair of this part of the suspension? Is a realignment involved

> afterwards
>> (as with front struts)?
>> With a reasonable head for mechanical repairs (I do my own work on our
>> old
>> '55 Chevy p/up truck and other at-home vehicles), am I able to do this
>> myself without a lot of specialty equipment ..is it a big job better
>> left
>> to a shop?
>>
>> Thanks for your help,
>> Wayne
>>
>>

>
>



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Old 31 Oct 2004, 06:25 am   #10 (permalink)
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Wayne
Never really noticed the tire squash problem
Andrew


"Wayner" <wgt@telus.net> wrote in message
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> Thanks, Andrew. Did it also solve the feeling of rear tire squash when
> taking off?
> Wayne
>
>
>
>
> "Andrew LeBreton" <owls_eyes.no.spam....@.....hotmail.com> wrote in

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> news:41825e66@dnews.tpgi.com.au...
> > For me cheap set of rear sway bar bushing solved the knocking noise in

the
> > rear end when going over bumps. Very easy to replace.
> > Andrew
> >
> > "Wayner" <wgt@telus.net> wrote in message
> > news:xs9gd.34996$9b.28193@edtnps84...
> >> Hi. My Camry is a '95 v-6 sedan LE and very well maintained.
> >>
> >> However, even with new (correct sized) Toyo tires, I've now noticed the

> > ride
> >> becoming a lot harsher over this past year with the feeling of all the
> >> little road bumps and imperfections. In fact while riding over some of

> > the
> >> larger road ruts, there is a decided knock from the rear area. When

> > loaded
> >> with people the rear tires feel as if they are biting into the pavement

> > even
> >> though those aren't the power wheels.
> >>
> >> My first thought was with the shocks/struts but when I push down on

each
> > of
> >> the four corners of the car, the bounce return is still gradual =

normal.
> >> But I can still hear that knock from the right rear when I bounce that
> >> corner ..a little less so from the left corner. So that leads me to

> > think
> >> the actual hydraulic shock cartridge may be ok but the assembly might

be
> > at
> >> fault?
> >>
> >> My question is, what can I do now as a further check and perhaps

attempt
> >> a
> >> repair of this part of the suspension? Is a realignment involved

> > afterwards
> >> (as with front struts)?
> >> With a reasonable head for mechanical repairs (I do my own work on our
> >> old
> >> '55 Chevy p/up truck and other at-home vehicles), am I able to do this
> >> myself without a lot of specialty equipment ..is it a big job better
> >> left
> >> to a shop?
> >>
> >> Thanks for your help,
> >> Wayne
> >>
> >>

> >
> >

>
>



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