ehh, need advice i'm tired of searching. all i know is 50-60k miles is usually the general life span of struts. well ... roads quality in NYC/NJ area probably cut this in half or so haha! but generally rear ones last longer, right ? isn't 73k too much a little for rear oem struts ?
my '00 solara (think gen4 camry) is at 73k miles now and i still have original OEM struts in the rear.
not sure if i should replace them anytime soon or leave the original ones in still. no noises coming from there.
fronts were replaced ~3yrs/35k miles ago with Gabriel (Ultra i think) strut cartridges from autozone, done at a local shop. main reason was that FP strut was banging very hard (i bought this car with it).
now ~35k miles later i hear FP strut a little banging sometimes again, normal wear ?
it has a broken rubber lower insulator though, did it make it wear faster ?
it's not under warranty, so if i replace it i pick something else, but have a dillemma if i should do all 4 corners (and lowering spring maybe) or stick to oem height/springs and simply swap strut inserts in front only.
after recent installation of new tires and alignment i noticed car handles funny at 70-75mph, nothing serious, but it kind of a little "shakes" (hard to find a word for that minimal handling feeling) to sides, i can see and feel the steering wheel vibrating a tiny bit too at this speed range, though it disappears above 75mph and never happens below 70mph. nothing serious.
can it be that new tires are not broken in yet (few hundred miles on them) ?
also they are 205/65/R15 94V rated while stock ones (and former replacement) were 94H rated (same size).
can worn rear struts cause this ? or its rather the tires ? they were balanced on Hunter GSP9700 machine and from looking over mechanic's shoulder i know he balanced them well (all said green OK on screen).
and yes NY & Jersey drivers break the speed limits on all highways every day (unless we get stuck in rush hour traffic haha), that's how the traffic flows, so bug off
if rears are due to replacement i think next time i may simply go with Tokico + Eibach combo (all around of course) and replace all insulators and strut mounts. may get expensive, but i want some solid handling, and would appreciate a little drop too (stock 15'' alloy wheels though).
thanks for insights.