Struts

Asked by Apr 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM about the 2011 Toyota Camry XLE V6

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

When going over bumps (even small ones), my 2011
Camry XLE feels more like a truck than a car.  I have
160000 miles, and I've replaced the tires.  When new, the
car floated over bumps.  Are my struts the problem?  If so,
are there struts that give better than the original ride (I
have severe spine problems)?  Thanks.

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If the front suspension of the car is original, then yes, it's time. Struts last anywhere between 60K-80K. Go with Monroes . Also have the mechanics check out the ball joints and tie-rod ends and other bushings for wear.

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Take it to an alignment / suspension shop. Probably needs new struts all the way around and a close inspection of the suspension bushings and ball joints. It will need an alignment when the struts are replaced.

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Thanks. I'll get it done, and report back. Take care.

Can we assume the tire pressures are within those specified by Toyota?

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Pressure is correct on all four.

You might want to think about how this vehicle was designed when considering the selection of replacement tires and suspension parts. When an Engineer is considering the selection of suspension springs and spring rates...he/she must consider the availability of struts..... rebound rates.... and tire construction. In other words ...suspension components are selected to compliment one another resulting in a compromise of traction ...ride...fuel economy etc. So...when YOU decide to replace the original engineered complementary components...with other than stock...you usually wind up with a vehicle which will not perform...ride...and track..as the vehicle did when new. The only way to achieve that "new car ride" is to use DEALER replacement parts....including the same make tires that were on the vehicle when new. Just my opinion.

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I appreciate it. A couple of years ago, when the car started making a squeaky noise when turning, Toyota had to make a major adjustment to the rear part of the frame (design problem they didn't want to publicize). After that, the car started riding rough.

Obviously....Toyota screwed up. If you can dig out that REPAIR ORDER for that event.....we might be able to "root out" the cause of your present concern. Having said that....let us know how you ultimately resolve your primary concern.

BTW....I had a Camry with a similar problem. Bouncy rough ride especially for rear seat passengers. Root cause was a bad rear sway bar links/bushings as I recall. keep in touch.

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