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Old 11 Sep 2006, 08:33 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 99 Camry LE. For a past couple of weeks I feel the suspensions
have become really soft. Now I know camrys are known to have soft
suspension but this one feels going up and down even on flat roads and
especially on turns.

My tires are really bad and need to be replaced. Do you guys think that
is the problem? A couple of times I went over a curb so is it possible
that my shocks need to be replaced?

Thanks for any suggestions....

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Old 11 Sep 2006, 10:54 am   #2 (permalink)
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Soft and bouncy on flat roads most likely point to worn out struts. Bad
struts can cause tire wear in unique patterns. Older tires with less
thread usually give you a stiffer, noisier ride. Inspecting the struts
may show leaks, but struts have known to fail without leaking. I would
say most of a strut's life is gone by 50K miles. Not because of the
iron and steel parts but because of the rubber parts.

There are a few rubber bushings in the control arm and sway bar that
should be inspected for wear. Ball joints should also be inspected. You
want to make sure the struts are responsible for the bouncy ride and
not loose suspension components.

That generation of Camrys also have problematic strut mounts. Bad strut
mounts can shorten strut life. If proper diagnosis lead to struts and
if you are not getting clunking, squeaking noises from the front strut
mount areas and are willing to reuse the mounts, then just change out
the struts. Rubber boots and strut bumper should be inspected and
replaced if necessary.

There are other options in replacing the entire strut assembly that
includes new bearing, strut mount, rubber boots and bumper, new spring
and strut with an assembly like the Monroe Quick Strut. The assembly
costs about the same as a new strut and mount at $210 each. Cost wise
this is a better deal, but I am not sure about the SensaTrac strut in
it. Monroe's Reflex is good, but production is only ramping up slowly
to replace the Sensatrac.

Monroe Quick Strut:
http://www.monroe.com/products/mp_de...=Quick%20Strut

I personally prefer the Gabriel Ultra with 9 stages of inertia
sensitive valving that offers a smooth ride at low speeds and good
control at high speeds. Check out their G-Force video on the web.
AutoZone's occasional buy-3-get-1-free deal costs about $250 for all
four corners. This is a much superior strut with a wider comfort and
control zone than the stock Toyota one. There is not much of a valving
in the stock strut.

Gabriel G-Force video:
http://www.gabriel.com/gforce1/eng/default.htm

BTW, the excellent Bilstein is not available for this generation of
Camrys. And I'd stay away from KYB, aka "Keep Your Bilsteins". Most of
the struts you buy offer lifetime warranties. Monroe will even pay $50
labor per corner during promotion to swap out their struts if you don't
like them within 90 days.



learnfpga@gmail.com wrote:
> I have a 99 Camry LE. For a past couple of weeks I feel the suspensions
> have become really soft. Now I know camrys are known to have soft
> suspension but this one feels going up and down even on flat roads and
> especially on turns.
>
> My tires are really bad and need to be replaced. Do you guys think that
> is the problem? A couple of times I went over a curb so is it possible
> that my shocks need to be replaced?
>
> Thanks for any suggestions....


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Old 13 Sep 2006, 08:47 am   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: soft suspension

First check tire pressure.


<learnfpga@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>I have a 99 Camry LE. For a past couple of weeks I feel the suspensions
> have become really soft. Now I know camrys are known to have soft
> suspension but this one feels going up and down even on flat roads and
> especially on turns.
>
> My tires are really bad and need to be replaced. Do you guys think that
> is the problem? A couple of times I went over a curb so is it possible
> that my shocks need to be replaced?
>
> Thanks for any suggestions....
>



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