97 Camry - When to replace struts?

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Old 19 Feb 2005, 12:16 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Dear experts,

I have a 97 Camry XLE with 125K miles on it.

I'm told that I should now change the front and
rear Macpherson struts.

Is it time to change them? Or, how can I tell
if the struts need changing?

What differences should I feel in the handling
after replacing them? If any?

Do struts wear out like brakes and tires, or
do they just work, or not, like an electrical part?

How much do they affect your wheel alignment?


Thanks a lot

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Old 19 Feb 2005, 12:18 pm   #2 (permalink)
Travis Jordan
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condor_222@yahoo.com wrote:
> I'm told that I should now change the front and
> rear Macpherson struts.


Who says? A Toyota dealer, or some local Goodyear, etc. tire store?

I've owned a bunch of Toyota products and put more than 150K miles on
some of them. Never, ever have I found it necessary to replace a strut.


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Old 19 Feb 2005, 12:27 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Sears, where I got my tires. He says that he changed the struts
in his wife's Camry and it made a big difference. That's why I'm
asking for other's experience, and second opinions.

And, the question, how can you tell if they need changing?
Some people say, "I never change my oil. But I've never had a
problem."
Duh.

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Old 19 Feb 2005, 12:32 pm   #4 (permalink)
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condor_...@yahoo.com wrote:
> Dear experts,
>
> I have a 97 Camry XLE with 125K miles on it.
>
> I'm told that I should now change the front and
> rear Macpherson struts.
>
> Is it time to change them? Or, how can I tell
> if the struts need changing?
>
> What differences should I feel in the handling
> after replacing them? If any?
>
> Do struts wear out like brakes and tires, or
> do they just work, or not, like an electrical part?
>
> How much do they affect your wheel alignment?
>
>
> Thanks a lot


No you don't have to if they are still good

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Old 19 Feb 2005, 12:40 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On some cars like mine "1986 corolla gts" the strut is part of the spindle
also "its one piece for the front" SOO there is wear and tear on them
however the shock is an insert inside the strut on my car SO you can
replace the life of the suspension but not the life spindle . Your 97 camry
I think is a strut assembly meaning that the strut and shock are the same in
the front as far as the rear I think its a shock. Personaly I like stiffend
suspension not a soggy one that gives alot "I race my cars" I prefer tein
suspension. They make great aftermarket setups for my car's that I own.
http://www.tein.com/. mcphearson struts are good struts however there are
better out there I think TRD might even have something for the camry.

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<condor_222@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Dear experts,
>
> I have a 97 Camry XLE with 125K miles on it.
>
> I'm told that I should now change the front and
> rear Macpherson struts.
>
> Is it time to change them? Or, how can I tell
> if the struts need changing?
>
> What differences should I feel in the handling
> after replacing them? If any?
>
> Do struts wear out like brakes and tires, or
> do they just work, or not, like an electrical part?
>
> How much do they affect your wheel alignment?
>
>
> Thanks a lot
>



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Old 19 Feb 2005, 12:47 pm   #6 (permalink)
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condor_222@yahoo.com wrote:
>
> Dear experts,
>
> I have a 97 Camry XLE with 125K miles on it.
>
> I'm told that I should now change the front and
> rear Macpherson struts.
>
> Is it time to change them? Or, how can I tell
> if the struts need changing?
>
> What differences should I feel in the handling
> after replacing them? If any?
>
> Do struts wear out like brakes and tires, or
> do they just work, or not, like an electrical part?
>
> How much do they affect your wheel alignment?
>
> Thanks a lot


Depends on how you drive and what the road surface is like.
Struts have parts that move. Moving parts wear out.
The more they move, the faster the parts wear out.
You can find internal diagrams of them on the web.
Most struts have lost some dampening by 65k miles and
are worn out by 75k miles. Worn struts are bad. Replace them.
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Old 19 Feb 2005, 01:19 pm   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with Paul's advice. While it is not absolutely necessary to replace
your struts unless they are leaking, it is still a good idea. You likely
will not notice any difference in handling but I believe you will experience
less tire wear on the front tires. If you are going to keep this car for
several more years I think you should replace the struts. Any tire shop or
auto repair shop can do this work so it is worth shopping around. Oftentimes
there are ads in the paper for strut replacement. Good luck.
jor
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> condor_222@yahoo.com wrote:
>> I'm told that I should now change the front and
>> rear Macpherson struts.

>
> Who says? A Toyota dealer, or some local Goodyear, etc. tire store?
>
> I've owned a bunch of Toyota products and put more than 150K miles on
> some of them. Never, ever have I found it necessary to replace a strut.
>
>



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Old 19 Feb 2005, 01:37 pm   #8 (permalink)
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I replaced mine at 70000m they were going hard not soft. It will ride
better with new ones, Oil leaking is not the only factor of bad struts,
some dont leak and are bad as mine were

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Old 19 Feb 2005, 01:43 pm   #9 (permalink)
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I replaced the struts on a domestic vehicle It had 50k miles noticed a big
difference in ride.Plan on replaceing mine in my Honda at around 60K.

Tom
" Paul " <"=?iso-8859-1?Q?=A0stayp?="@notsuoh.rr.moc> wrote in message
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> condor_222@yahoo.com wrote:
>>
>> Dear experts,
>>
>> I have a 97 Camry XLE with 125K miles on it.
>>
>> I'm told that I should now change the front and
>> rear Macpherson struts.
>>
>> Is it time to change them? Or, how can I tell
>> if the struts need changing?
>>
>> What differences should I feel in the handling
>> after replacing them? If any?
>>
>> Do struts wear out like brakes and tires, or
>> do they just work, or not, like an electrical part?
>>
>> How much do they affect your wheel alignment?
>>
>> Thanks a lot

>
> Depends on how you drive and what the road surface is like.
> Struts have parts that move. Moving parts wear out.
> The more they move, the faster the parts wear out.
> You can find internal diagrams of them on the web.
> Most struts have lost some dampening by 65k miles and
> are worn out by 75k miles. Worn struts are bad. Replace them.



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Old 19 Feb 2005, 01:57 pm   #10 (permalink)
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<condor_222@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Dear experts,
>
> I have a 97 Camry XLE with 125K miles on it.
>
> I'm told that I should now change the front and
> rear Macpherson struts.
>
> Is it time to change them? Or, how can I tell
> if the struts need changing?


> What differences should I feel in the handling
> after replacing them? If any?
>
> Do struts wear out like brakes and tires, or
> do they just work, or not, like an electrical part?


If the struts have substantial wear either in the shock-absorbing part or in
the ram-bush your car will start to get unstable. Often the strut shock can
be deteriorated but not be obvious to the driver. There is a test rig which
involves a chart graph which records how many rebounds or ocillations the
strut shock allows. This a test for damping. In severe cases the road wheel
will have 'cupping or scalloping" wear points on the tire concerned.

IME there has to be a fair amount of front and back shock wear before any
instability becomes apparent. This occurs at hiway speeds over shallow
undulations and causes the car to rock front to back.



>
> How much do they affect your wheel alignment?


Unless the shockram-bush is badly worn there will be little effect on
alignment.

Jason


> Thanks a lot
>



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