Is it difficult to replace Struts?

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Old 27 Nov 2005, 07:20 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it difficult to replace Struts?

Hi. 1993 Camry V6. 72k miles. Ride seems to be getting
"harder"...especially on surface streets with patches, holes, cracks....

Seems to "fall into the holes" harder than it used to.

Freeway driving is just fine.

So, new struts are indicated????

How hard a job is it? I don't have access to a lift; but have the usual
array of hand tools.

I imagine I'd need an alignment afterward...I would have a shop do that.

Is this a job I should consider doing myself? Front and Rear?

Genuine Toyotas parts or aftermarket??

Do you think it will make a difference or am I just wasting my money??
After all...I realize it's not a new car anymore.

Thanks, Chuck


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Old 27 Nov 2005, 07:39 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Take it to pep boys. It is not worth the hassle
"c" <cwwwk@aol.com> wrote in message news:SXsif.41781$qw.28104@fed1read07...
> Hi. 1993 Camry V6. 72k miles. Ride seems to be getting
> "harder"...especially on surface streets with patches, holes, cracks....
>
> Seems to "fall into the holes" harder than it used to.
>
> Freeway driving is just fine.
>
> So, new struts are indicated????
>
> How hard a job is it? I don't have access to a lift; but have the usual
> array of hand tools.
>
> I imagine I'd need an alignment afterward...I would have a shop do that.
>
> Is this a job I should consider doing myself? Front and Rear?
>
> Genuine Toyotas parts or aftermarket??
>
> Do you think it will make a difference or am I just wasting my money??
> After all...I realize it's not a new car anymore.
>
> Thanks, Chuck
>



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Old 27 Nov 2005, 09:37 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is it difficult to replace Struts?

On Sun, 27 Nov 2005 17:20:04 -0800, c wrote:

> Hi. 1993 Camry V6. 72k miles. Ride seems to be getting
> "harder"...especially on surface streets with patches, holes, cracks....
>
> Seems to "fall into the holes" harder than it used to.
>
> Freeway driving is just fine.
>
> So, new struts are indicated????
>
> How hard a job is it? I don't have access to a lift; but have the usual
> array of hand tools.
>
> I imagine I'd need an alignment afterward...I would have a shop do that.
>
> Is this a job I should consider doing myself? Front and Rear?
>
> Genuine Toyotas parts or aftermarket??
>
> Do you think it will make a difference or am I just wasting my money??
> After all...I realize it's not a new car anymore.
>
> Thanks, Chuck


PITA. If you WANT to take this on, get a GOOD spring compressor, not those
two little 'hooks' that grasp the spring with two little fingers. I have
actually seen one of these fly off and go right through a cinderblock wall
10 feet away! (Thank God it went in the opposite direction!)

Also, if the brake line is attached to the strut like on some older
models, you'll have to bleed the brakes when you're done, too.

For replacements I usually use KYB or Bilsteins. I like the KYBs better.

For springs I would go Genuine Toyota or a good aftermarket like Eibach.
Moogs are cheap, but you'll be replacing them sooner than either of the
others.

Usually a 'bounce' is a shock/strut, whereas a 'crunch' is springs.
Doesn't seem like a 72k car would need springs unless you're playing Ivan
Stewart with the thing!

--
I've spent a great deal of money on Whiskey, Women and Fast Cars

The rest I've squandered.

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Old 28 Nov 2005, 01:14 am   #4 (permalink)
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Get to know your local junkyard dealer. I replaced my 99 Camry struts with
one from a 2001 Camry with only 30K miles. Call around and ask the junkyard
for the struts.

As far as doing the work yourself, it's not worth it to be decapitated if
the springs slip. Get a pro to install it plus you'll need to have a
alignment done afterwards. My Camry runs smoothly like new now!

Good luck!

"c" <cwwwk@aol.com> wrote in message news:SXsif.41781$qw.28104@fed1read07...
> Hi. 1993 Camry V6. 72k miles. Ride seems to be getting
> "harder"...especially on surface streets with patches, holes, cracks....
>
> Seems to "fall into the holes" harder than it used to.
>
> Freeway driving is just fine.
>
> So, new struts are indicated????
>
> How hard a job is it? I don't have access to a lift; but have the usual
> array of hand tools.
>
> I imagine I'd need an alignment afterward...I would have a shop do that.
>
> Is this a job I should consider doing myself? Front and Rear?
>
> Genuine Toyotas parts or aftermarket??
>
> Do you think it will make a difference or am I just wasting my money??
> After all...I realize it's not a new car anymore.
>
> Thanks, Chuck
>



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Old 28 Nov 2005, 05:06 am   #5 (permalink)
m Ransley
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Get a pro to do it, yes they often go very hard when bad vs the usual
soft associated with leaking. Look at your tires for alignment issues,
car places will sell you a washer dryer and coffee maker if they can.

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Old 28 Nov 2005, 11:19 am   #6 (permalink)
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Well I must be the diehard in the group. I had the dealer do this once,
but if I go back in to change the strut mounts or springs, I'll be
doing it myself as a result of confidence gained replacing the
passenger side drive axle.
Just follow the steps in the factory service manual.
Got most of my special tools at Harbor Freight since I plan on using
them only rarely.
600 ft. lb. chromed air gun (Harbor Freight) with 30mm impact socket
from Kragen for the axle nut were the primary items that made the axle
replacement possible.
Already had 5 gallon air compressor ($99 - Kragen). Also acquired a tie
rod end puller for $6.95 (Harbor Freight) which was very easy to use.
Seems like every time I do work on the car where a prior mechanic had
been there, I find something not quite right and I correct it when I
find it. (defective bearing lock bolt on the axle for example, not
replaced with the prior boot replacement)
So I feel doing the work myself is helpful because I know it has been
done correctly and completely and carefully, rather than by someone
rushing through it to get to the next job and increase their income by
reducing time required for a fixed rate quote.
I would use the "clamshell" type spring compressor from Harbor Freight
online:
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=43753
I always use genuine Toyota parts only, but you can find them
discounted online, or try using those prices to price match at the
local dealer with the parts Manager.

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