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#70 of 146 Suspension Question - Ned help/advice
Apr 16, 2007 (1:36 am)
I own a 1997 Toyota Camry, 4 cylinder, automatic, mileage: 100K. It has ABS brakes, power steering, A/C, cruise control.
When I bought this car (used) 2 years ago, the mechanic who inspected the car suggested that I change out the suspension system. I did as he advised, and got the suspension changed (both front and back). But the new suspension system that he installed is very stiff. It feels like sports car like suspension. I can feel every bump/hole on the road. My wife is complaining lately about this.
I would like to have a much smoother ride in the car, something you would typically get in luxury cars. I do not care as much for the handling/cornering abilities. I am not a sports car driver. Is there something that can be done?
Does the existing suspension system need to be replaced with another system, or can some "tweaks" be done to the existing suspension to produce a smoother ride?
If I have to replace the system, what kind of suspension (make/model) should I buy?
How much does it cost? Is this something I can do myself with some instructions?
#71 of 146 Re: Suspension Question - Ned help/advice [bavula]
Apr 16, 2007 (5:06 am)
When they "changed out the suspension" 2 years ago, exactly what did they do to it......what parts did they use, and what did they charge you?
Did they just replace the struts (kept original springs), or something more?
What tires did you put on the car, and what inflation pressure do you run in them?
Just to reset on expectations.....if you want a "smooth ride like a luxury car", you won't get it on 10 year old Camry with 100K+ miles....and you should be asking yourself whether any of these changes are a good financial decision to do. There are things you can do if parts wear out to make it better (for instance tires), but I'm not sure I'd be throwing a bunch of money at a 10 year old car to replace non-defective suspension parts. You'd probably be better off saving the money for a couple years, and use it toward your next replacement vehicle.
#72 of 146 Changing the torque strut mount
Oct 01, 2007 (6:46 am)
How difficult is it to change the torque strut mount on my 98 Camry 4cyl? It looks pretty straight forward, but I'm not sure if the motor will move or shift once I remove the old strut. Any advice would be very helpful.
#74 of 146 2007 camry se struts
Jan 08, 2008 (12:43 pm)
I have a 2007 camry SE V6 that I have put in eibach lowering springs, which let the car corner well ,but now the struts are too soft . any thoughts on firmer or adjustable aftermarket struts?
#75 of 146 Re: 2007 camry se struts [ca0412]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 09, 2008 (12:10 pm)
If you lowered more than 2", you'll need new struts, but be careful what you buy or you'll have a really bad ride. If you can afford them, Bilsteins are fabulous shocks. For decent entry level shocks you could try KYB. Koni makes a nice adjustable shock. I definitely wouldn't get too firm. You want compliance for street driving.
#76 of 146 Re: 2007 camry se struts [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 14, 2008 (1:03 pm)
I only lowered the car 1.5" but wanted to know what if anyone MAKES aftermarket struts for the 07 Camry SE yet
#78 of 146 Re: struts, mounts and links [buzz532]
Feb 02, 2008 (1:15 am)
hi, im wondering if i change the spring of my camry to a longer one (+/- 7 cm more), would it be possible? and what are the effects? do i need to change other parts?
#79 of 146 Loud squeching noises from rear of car
Nov 24, 2008 (2:29 pm)
Have a 98 Camry with 52,000 original miles on it. Have a loud squeching noice coming from rear of car (Mostly when weather turns cooler) when going over speed bumps or dips, holes in road, etc. This has been going on for about 4 years. Don't hear it when the weather is warm. Do not have any trouble with oddly worn tires and rear struts seem OK. Car handles great, no leaks, etc. Does this sound like a squeeking bushing problem?