Last post on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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#192 of 200 Re: Front end vibration at highway speeds [gerry68]
Sep 11, 2012 (6:57 pm)
Seems like warped rotors are a common occurance on these Avalons. What brand did they put on last time. I try to think ahead and brake carefully, leaving about 12' so I can creep ahead at lights. My thoughts are that clamping the pads against the rotors keeps heat in that one spot while the rest of the metal cools. Even with that, my rotors warped again in no thim, but not as bad.
#193 of 200 Re: About after market suspension system 
Sep 11, 2012 (7:00 pm)
113k now and still great with handling just a tad softer. I still smile when I drive it.
#194 of 200 Caliper refresh - Ain't they pretty?
Sep 11, 2012 (10:26 pm)
Sporty too, and in keeping with the suspension upgrade. Now I need a TRD racing emblem on the trunk.
#195 of 200 2006 Avalon - Broken Front Coil Spring
Apr 21, 2013 (2:54 pm)
Hit a small bump and the bottom of the passenger side coil spring broke. Removed the broken part -(which was made out of very poor looking metal) . The ride seems just fine, car corners , stops just like before, so I suppose the car did not need that lower 6 inch piece of spring .
So do I need to change it , and if I change it does the other one need done also (it's not broke)
And any how to video's or illustrations on how to do ?
#196 of 200 Re: 2006 Avalon - Broken Front Coil Spring [sonnyjames]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 22, 2013 (8:50 am)
yeah, I'd replace both sides. The spring is part of the strut assembly, so if you have 80,000 miles or more on the car, the struts are probably ready to be done anyway. You'll need two struts, the strut mounts, and an alignment.
Not a cheap job so get some quotes:
My "book" says retail pricing (which you can beat) is $138 per strut + 2.8 hours labor total + alignment---so you're around $600 or so.
#197 of 200 Re: 2006 Avalon - Broken Front Coil Spring [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 23, 2013 (3:42 am)
Mr. Shiftright makes a good estimate. The place to save money is buying KYB struts on the internet, which will result in an overall cost of $500 or less for the front (alignment necessary) and about $450 for the rear (alignment not strictly necessary, but desirable).
#198 of 200 Re: 2006 Avalon - Broken Front Coil Spring [mcclearyfl]
Apr 23, 2013 (3:44 am)
Oops! I forgot the cost of the springs! Mr. Shiftright's figure seems right on.
#199 of 200 Re: 2006 Avalon - Broken Front Coil Spring [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 23, 2013 (4:47 pm)
Well for now the car rides just as it did before the spring broke, so I have some time to get the parts (I hope) What would be the best struts and coil springs to get? - Will this cause any problems for the rear original struts?
Is this a difficult job to do if I want to save money and try and do myself? Money is pretty tight right now and the local Toyota Dealer is a crook not to be trusted.
Much Obliged for the help
#200 of 200 Re: 2006 Avalon - Broken Front Coil Spring [sonnyjames]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Apr 24, 2013 (11:28 am)
I think a good mid-grade type of strut like KYB would serve you well, and no, I don't think it affects the rear struts. I mean, if you have 80K or more on the car, it would be NICE to do all 4 struts but I don't think you have to, presuming the rear struts are not leaking.
If you have a good instruction book or video say from YouTube, you should be able to do this job but you will need a spring compressor to get the strut off without killing yourself (you can rent these) and you will need a wheel alignment at some point.