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Old 07 Mar 2006, 10:11 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if the rear struts have a mount similar to the front as
I have a quote of $900 plus to replace the rear struts from the toyota
dealer. Two other quotes do not mention mounts, one said they do not
have any in the rear? problem noise coming from the rear when going over
rough roads , pot holes ice ruts etc. How about bushings on the
stabilizer?










































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Old 08 Mar 2006, 06:32 am   #2 (permalink)
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900$ a rip off, get bids it can be done for alot less. you can get all 4
done for less.

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Old 09 Mar 2006, 05:14 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> 900$ a rip off, get bids it can be done for alot less. you can get all 4
> done for less.


Agree - but that is what Toyota quotes for the rear on a 99 Camry.
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Old 09 Mar 2006, 06:28 pm   #4 (permalink)
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And dealers are a Rip Off.

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Old 10 Mar 2006, 11:47 pm   #5 (permalink)
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$900 is way out of line. But is probably reasonable for a dealer. The
mounts in the rear is simpler and different from the front.

Change out the struts (~$80 each) and mounts (~$40-60 each). Inspect
the strut bumper (~$10-15, goes on the rob to prevent the strut from
hitting the mount directly when you run over a pothole) and replace if
needed. Replace the stablizer bushings ($20) while the wheels are off,
doesn't take 5 minutes.

Monroe runs a special in the last couple of weeks of 50% off the second
strut. Most place install struts for $50 each, if not with coupon
discount or free installs on some occasions. Monroes and Gabriels have
lifetime warranties, excluding labor. You could use Monroe Reflex or
Gabriel Ultra but may want to stay away from anything KYBs ("Keep Your
Bilsteins"), an OEM supplier IMO.

www.gabriel.com
http://www.gabriel.com/ss_tutorial/
http://www.gabriel.com/gforce1/eng/default.htm
www.monroe.com
www.bilstein.com

Robert wrote:
> Does anyone know if the rear struts have a mount similar to the front as
> I have a quote of $900 plus to replace the rear struts from the toyota
> dealer. Two other quotes do not mention mounts, one said they do not
> have any in the rear? problem noise coming from the rear when going over
> rough roads , pot holes ice ruts etc. How about bushings on the
> stabilizer?


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Old 12 Mar 2006, 12:10 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the feedback on the rear struts, another problem after
replacing the front strut mounts now the spring hits the inside of wheel
well in some turning positions ???? any ideas?

johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
> $900 is way out of line. But is probably reasonable for a dealer. The
> mounts in the rear is simpler and different from the front.
>
> Change out the struts (~$80 each) and mounts (~$40-60 each). Inspect
> the strut bumper (~$10-15, goes on the rob to prevent the strut from
> hitting the mount directly when you run over a pothole) and replace if
> needed. Replace the stablizer bushings ($20) while the wheels are off,
> doesn't take 5 minutes.
>
> Monroe runs a special in the last couple of weeks of 50% off the second
> strut. Most place install struts for $50 each, if not with coupon
> discount or free installs on some occasions. Monroes and Gabriels have
> lifetime warranties, excluding labor. You could use Monroe Reflex or
> Gabriel Ultra but may want to stay away from anything KYBs ("Keep Your
> Bilsteins"), an OEM supplier IMO.
>
> www.gabriel.com
> http://www.gabriel.com/ss_tutorial/
> http://www.gabriel.com/gforce1/eng/default.htm
> www.monroe.com
> www.bilstein.com
>
> Robert wrote:
>
>>Does anyone know if the rear struts have a mount similar to the front as
>>I have a quote of $900 plus to replace the rear struts from the toyota
>>dealer. Two other quotes do not mention mounts, one said they do not
>>have any in the rear? problem noise coming from the rear when going over
>>rough roads , pot holes ice ruts etc. How about bushings on the
>>stabilizer?

>
>


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Old 12 Mar 2006, 05:49 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Can you provide more information on what's done? Everything should fit
before and after replacement. This means something is not right --
wrong/bad parts or poor workmanship.

Are you certain the noise is from the spring and not the wheel bearing
or CV joint? Worn or unseated bearings and CV joints can make noise
during turns too.

Robert wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback on the rear struts, another problem after
> replacing the front strut mounts now the spring hits the inside of wheel
> well in some turning positions ???? any ideas?
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Old 16 Mar 2006, 10:13 pm   #8 (permalink)
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With reference to my last statement concerning the rubbing of the front
spring against the fender well. I returned the car last Tuesday for a
9:00 Am appointment I arrived 15 minutes early and the mechanic started
right away and handed me the keys back in less than 15 minutes and said
he had to realign the springs. I was on the road again at 9:02. I drove
the car on a trip of some 300 plus miles and I thought the vehicle drove
exceptionally well will no out of ordinary noise on rough roads,
potholes, railroad tracks. Total amount of work was the front mounts
and bushings for sway bars in the rear, total about $300.00 parts were
obtained from the local Toyota dealer as this was a independent service
firm. Possible problem with the rubbing springs could be the mounts were
not oriented correctly to line up the lowest of the three top studs
with the spring lower seat projection part indicated in the service
info. Any comments would be appreciated. Do you think a wheel alignment
is in order after this work?

johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:
> Can you provide more information on what's done? Everything should fit
> before and after replacement. This means something is not right --
> wrong/bad parts or poor workmanship.
>
> Are you certain the noise is from the spring and not the wheel bearing
> or CV joint? Worn or unseated bearings and CV joints can make noise
> during turns too.
>
> Robert wrote:
>
>>Thanks for the feedback on the rear struts, another problem after
>>replacing the front strut mounts now the spring hits the inside of wheel
>> well in some turning positions ???? any ideas?
>>

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Old 18 Mar 2006, 06:57 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Ok. Mechanic's mistake, must be rushing. But it was fixed.

Alignment should be checked after this type of work -- anything that
touches the suspension system geometry. Unless you have bent parts, the
rear ones don't typically need them. But for the front the toe-in/outs
will usually go off a degree or two because you have new rubber in
there. I wouldn't wait until the tires are worn. Good tires are much
more expensive than an alignment these days.


Robert wrote:
> With reference to my last statement concerning the rubbing of the front
> spring against the fender well. I returned the car last Tuesday for a
> 9:00 Am appointment I arrived 15 minutes early and the mechanic started
> right away and handed me the keys back in less than 15 minutes and said
> he had to realign the springs. I was on the road again at 9:02. I drove
> the car on a trip of some 300 plus miles and I thought the vehicle drove
> exceptionally well will no out of ordinary noise on rough roads,
> potholes, railroad tracks. Total amount of work was the front mounts
> and bushings for sway bars in the rear, total about $300.00 parts were
> obtained from the local Toyota dealer as this was a independent service
> firm. Possible problem with the rubbing springs could be the mounts were
> not oriented correctly to line up the lowest of the three top studs
> with the spring lower seat projection part indicated in the service
> info. Any comments would be appreciated. Do you think a wheel alignment
> is in order after this work?


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