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#123 of 146 2009 Camry Suspension Problems
Jul 06, 2010 (8:36 am)
I am having some problems with my 2009 Camry from the day I purchased it two years ago. I live in Canada, and I wanted to know if anyone is having the same problems.
1. My shocks are leaking... all four
2. When I go over a speed bump or pot hole I hear a clunking noise and a weird sound from the front.
3. My engine between 40 and 60 struggles to change gears.
4. At about 85, 95, and 110, I get this vibration from the frond end and sometimes the car jumps to the right or left when I hit a bump at high speeds. I have almost gotten into several accidents.
I am told my Toyota Canada and the dealership there is nothing wrong with my car. The leaking shocks are normal on Camrys. The vibration problem they have noticed also but tells me that it is the road conditions, but when I change speeds to 115 or 90 or 89 km the vibrations goes away on the same road. The engine problem they have stated that it is the overdrive that is kicking in, but I know overdrive does not kick in until after 75 km.
The first dealership where I purchased my car, after I complained several times and yelled at them the last time, they had their lawyers send me a letter that I am no longer welcomed at that dealership and must take my business elsewhere. This is how Toyota Canada and the dealerships treat customers.
#124 of 146 Re: 2009 Camry Suspension Problems [pissoffcamown]
Jul 06, 2010 (9:11 pm)
Leaking shocks are not normal, and could be the cause of #2 and #4 problems, also causing alignment problems which lead to tire wear and balance problems. You indicate the problems existed 'from the day you purchased it'. If your shocks were leaking since day 1, the dealership would obviously had replaced them as clearly defective. You don't indicate your mileage, and we don't know your driving style or typical roads in your area.....to determine the "cause", or "when" the shocks started going bad. You also don't explain the logic and rationale that the dealership has given you why they won't cover the repair. So we really don't have a whole lot of info to evaluate your situation.
I have an 07 with almost 60K miles now, and the suspension is still very tight, tracks straight, and no leaks anywhere. But with any mechanical conglomerate of parts, I'm sure someone has had a defective shock. How you could end up with four would on the surface indicate that it is something that you have done....or....the shock manufacturer has a MAJOR problem that would effect more than you. The odds of you getting 'all four' defective shocks, is a low probability.
If you have a legitimate low mileage warranty concern, escalate up the Toyota chain. Otherwise, go put a new set of struts on the vehicle, have it aligned, have the tires rebalanced, and replace the tire if it can't be balanced or is out of round. Your vehicle is not going to get better sitting in your driveway.
If the strut breaks, you run the risk of a catastrophic accident as the wheel breaks out from under the car as you are driving down the road. You risk serious injury, to you or others. You knowing this risk of failed parts, failing to repair your vehicle and continuing to drive on it, would put you legally at risk as well.
Go repair your vehicle and move on with life.
#125 of 146 Re: 2009 Camry Suspension Problems [pissoffcamown]
Oct 15, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I have a 2009 Camry with 12k miles and I have the exact same issue that you mentioned in #2 above. At low speeds, especially when turning into driveways, I hear a loud clunking noise from the back end of the car.
I took it to the dealer and they "couldn't replicate" the problem and refused to investigate it further. I did a quick visual inspection and everything appears to be firmly attached, but I'm far from an expert in suspensions. I'm planning to bring it back in and take the Toyota technician for a ride so that I can replicate the problem for him.
Just wondering if anyone else is coming across this issue.
#126 of 146 Re: 2009 Camry Suspension Problems [kiawah]
Dec 03, 2010 (9:24 pm)
Lot of 07-08 Camry's have defective struts. Toyota and the dealerships are stressing over that. They won't recall them. Far too many Camrys on the road, far too expensive. So, they blow people off, and wait until the struts get really bad (at around 60K miles), then offer to replace for about $1500. At 60K, the car has just ruined its 3rd set of tires (premature wear due to defective struts.) As you drive around town, look at the rear tires of 07 and later Camrys as they go down the street. It is easy to see, on 2 out of 3 Camrys, that the back tires are bouncing way more than they should. It is high frequency, low amplitude bouncing.
So, I have to agree with your advice. Repair your vehicle and move on with your life. And don't buy another Toyota, make sure they know you won't buy another Toyota, and make sure to do your part to ensure no one else buys a Toyota, i.e., word of mouth.
#127 of 146 Re: 2007 Camry--Leaking Struts [busterbunny]
Dec 03, 2010 (10:51 pm)
After I contacted New Motor Vehicle Board, Toyota still insist is not a defective struts. I asked the NMVB to say that if Toyota insist their struts are not defective, that I wanted an extended on the "struts" only. They still declined. I took them to small claim cout, and we ended up settling out of court. I WON!
#128 of 146 Re: 2009 Camry Suspension Problems [kiawah]
Jan 08, 2011 (8:37 am)
I have a 2007 Camry and at 60K 3 of the 4 struts were leaking. About ninety percent of the miles driven were on Interstates. There were no extreme road conditions. Toyota dealer maintains leakage is normal and the service manager said that with a straight face. The strurts are, in fact, leaking but it is NOT normal. Toyota would not be selling very many new cars if leaking struts are a normal condition. What next? Is a slow radiator leak normal? Is an oil pan leak normal? I don't know what happened to Toyota but the quality of their cars has slipped dramatically. The fact that they won't own up to their mistakes is unacceptable. There are better choices in the marketplace.
#129 of 146 2007 Camry SE V6 Front Passenger Side Thumping/Rattle Sound Over Bumps
Jan 17, 2011 (9:02 am)
Hello Everyone. I hope someone here can help me figure this problem out. I have just purchased my 07 SE V6 with 17k miles on the 23rd of December. The car was certified and i also purchased the platinum warranty so that i can have a full warranty on the car. It wasn't until about two weeks ago i started noticing the thumping/rattle sound coming from the front passenger side strut area. I took it to the dealership last week and they replaced both front struts and mounts. I got the car back from them this past Friday (1/14/11) and am still experiencing the same problem but this time it sounds even worse. I took it back this morning and had the tech who certified the car and also replaced the struts look at it and with no surprise they claim that they didn't hear anything or find anything wrong. The noise is a lot more noticeable now then it ever was before. So in the process of trying to make something better it ended up becoming worse. Based on all the threads I've read a lot of people say that it maybe the swaybar bushings and or endlinks. Could it be that or could i just happen to have gotten another defective strut? Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#130 of 146 Re: 2007 camry se struts [ca0412]
Feb 01, 2011 (5:17 pm)
Hey, i do the same. I installed the eibach springs, then within a couple of months, my car start to bouncing more. Thats around 20K, now the car have 55K and the ride quality is horrible. I feel the steering wheel moves too much. Let me know whats your car condition right now.
#131 of 146 Re: 2007 Camry SE V6 Front Passenger Side Thumping/Rattle Sound Over Bumps [cvalescot1225]
Feb 02, 2011 (5:25 am)
You may have to sleuth this yourself, to prove to the shop there is a problem.
If you go out and push up and down on the vehicle getting it really rocking, do you hear the noise? If so, then have the shop do it while someone is under the car in a pit. They should be able to identify the problem fairly easily.
#132 of 146 Re: 2007 Camry SE V6 Front Passenger Side Thumping/Rattle Sound Over Bumps
Feb 02, 2011 (7:03 am)
I brought the car to the dealership a couple days after my original post a d the tech heard the noise I was talking about. He said that it was the struts and that they were leaking gas which didn't make much sense to me. He ordered he ordered new struts and mounts for the left and right side. Not even a full day after I got my car back I heard the same noise again but this time worse. I took it back and another tech looked at it and said that he knew what it was. He took the car in and in about an hour I got it back. He said it was something on the strut or mount that needed to be sanded down. Sorry I don't remember exactly which one but it was definitely one of those two parts. We went out for a drive and the sound was gone and I was extremely happy. A week later on my way to work the sound came back. Everyone that's driven in my car questions me about that and I have no answers. Car has on 17k miles and now with a new pair of struts and still I get the same noise. Now it leaves me to wonder if its not the struts what else could it be? I told the second tech to look at the sway bar endlinks and bushings to make sure they were good and he said they where fine so I'm lost right now. Its one of the most annoying sounds ever. I have to keep my volume no less than 10 to cancel it out. I can't believe how a $30k vehicle can have this many problem. Yes most of it is petty but shouldn't be there. My girlfriends 08 yaris has had one problem since we picked it up in August 07. I have two other dealerships near me so I plan on taking it to one of them and hopefully one of them will know what the problem is. My apologies for the late update and thanks to all who have replied.