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Toyota Celica, Coupe, Hatchback
Oct 04, 2011 (7:43 am)
i have a 90 toyota celica with only 70,000 miles on it but i think the struts are going. should i get a complete strut (or quick-struts) assembly? how is the quality different? i know that a lot of companies make their parts overseas and assemble them in mex-i-co and i don't want to buy busted ass struts. even monroe struts are made in mexico i think.
#1534 of 1560 Re: struts [raynall]
Oct 04, 2011 (8:51 am)
The quality of a given company's complete and quick strut assemblies does not usually vary. The difference is that the complete assemblies contain more parts; which eliminate the need for disassembly and transferring of parts from the original unit. If you are mechanically oriented, and don't mind getting your hands dirty; go with the quick strut assembly (if it is available for this application in the brand you choose). It will save you some bucks, at no downside.
As far as brands are concerned; Monroe and the other American manufacturers have gone downhill in quality during the last few decades; or it might be that the newer manufacturers are working harder to make better products; while the American companies continue doing what they did in the 1950s and 1960s. The bottom line is that KYB now makes the absolute best struts for this car; and their prices are highly competitive. They make several models; but the GR2 gas strut is the appropriate one for passenger car use.
If you need part numbers; go to www.kyb.com and look up your vehicle. The best prices on KYB usually come from Summit Racing or Rock Auto.
If you haven't replaced struts before; you'll need to know that a special tool is needed to compress the front coil springs during installation. This requires a great amount of pressure; and should not be attempted without the proper tools. I've been a career diagnostic and electrical systems mechanic for over 40 years; but I still pay to have my struts replaced.
#1535 of 1560 Re: struts [raynall]
Oct 04, 2011 (4:53 pm)
KYB makes the best, longest-lasting gas struts. There are new struts now that you can adjust the damping rate from soft to stiff with a simple procedure using a screw driver.
I bought KYB in eBay for about $75 a pair. They were sold by some sales companies but shipped directly from KYB warehouse in Indiana. So You will have factory warranty.
There are only a few bolts to remove the strut assembly, but you need to have a special tool to compress and align the strut inside the spring to reassemble it. The shop can do it very quickly, but by hands using that tool to align takes some time, perhaps 3 hours for the pair if you do it the first time.
Dec 15, 2011 (7:21 am)
So apparently I have been cruising around with no cabin filter for quite some time. Can anyone suggest a good place to buy a cabin filter for my 2000 GT-S? Are there any "specs" or part numbers I need to be aware of? The manual is silent. Dealer, of course, wanted a ludicrous amount to sell and install it.
I've never replaced a cabin filter before, but I assume it's easy as pie.
#1537 of 1560 Re: cabin filter [gambit293]
Dec 15, 2011 (10:54 am)
Search Amazon or eBay. I bought a few real cheap compared to dealer. After 1 year still in good shape. Have not fallen apart:
CELICA AIR FILTER 8.44 x 8.44 Particle Filter 8.44 8.44 TOYOTA P/N P3785 CF9846 C35516 24875 LC74-61-P11
Non critical parts is OK on line. Critical parts like oil filter, engine air filter etc... may be all counterfeits in the internet, too risky to buy and use. So be careful.
#1538 of 1560 Re: cabin filter [gambit293]
Dec 15, 2011 (11:37 am)
www.rockauto.com carries a large assortment of cabin air filters for this model. Their prices range from $3.44 for a Pronto #PC5516; to $9.71 for a Fram #CF9846; to $13.83 for a Fram #CF9846A, which combines a particulate filter with an activated carbon layer to remove odors; to $17.14 for an activated carbon ATP #RA8 (LC7461P11); and there is a rebate offer on that filter. You could also pay $29.79 for a Mahle #LAK131; which also contains activated carbon. The OE Denso filter #4531013 costs $15.25 from Rock Auto.
These parts are listed in their online catalog, under 2000 Toyota Celica; in the "heat and air conditioning" section.
#1539 of 1560 Re: cabin filter [zaken1]
Dec 16, 2011 (1:21 pm)
Thanks, both of you, for your feedback!
Feb 03, 2013 (12:45 am)
2002 GTS with 205K miles had P0171 CEL, engine too lean, wont pass smog test.
Mass Airflow Sensor looked dirty. Cleaned with carb cleaner, but did not help.
Swapped a MAS from another car, worked beautifully, cleared all codes, passed smog test.
OEM and Denso MAF retail about $220. Will buy a Chinese knock off in eBay for $20 to see how well it works and how long it lasts.
#1541 of 1560 Re: code P0171 [peterpan99]
Mar 17, 2013 (10:12 pm)
The $20 counterfeit MAF bought on eBay is not working.
The car runs rough, has no power for acceleration, and is doing P0171 SYSTEM TOO LEAN AGAIN.
Damn counterfeiters are making bad sensors with TOYOTA and DENSO part numbers on it.
I will forward the fake info to Toyota, Denso and Law Enforcement so they can deal with fakers...
#1542 of 1560 Re: code P0171 [peterpan99]
Mar 26, 2013 (9:43 pm)
The MAF sensor bought for $26 on eBay works fine in a Lexus that uses the same sensor.
It did not work in the Celica. The car had no starting acceleration. I got into the intersection when the car failed to move. I was nearly broadsided by incoming traffic. So What can I say?
Put the original MAF back and the Celica runs great again.
Put the $26 MAF sensor in the Lexus, the Lexus runs great. No problems, no check engine light...
Not sure what happened.