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Old 12-07-2005, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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struts freezing in cold weather?

Hi,

I have a 1994 Camry that I know has worn struts. Normally they are a
bit loud and the ride isnt great (but not unsafe yet). However, in
below freezing temp, when I drive the car, it is like the rear
suspension is frozen and it bangs loud and bounces you around. What
gives?

Thanks,
Mark

 
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Old 12-07-2005, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: struts freezing in cold weather?


<markgal26@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1133994015.320025.248660@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...[color=blue]
> Hi,
>
> I have a 1994 Camry that I know has worn struts. Normally they are a
> bit loud and the ride isnt great (but not unsafe yet). However, in
> below freezing temp, when I drive the car, it is like the rear
> suspension is frozen and it bangs loud and bounces you around. What
> gives?
>
> Thanks,
> Mark
>[/color]
The rubber mounting bushings have gotten hard and will make a rattling or
knocking sound, especially if the strut is cold. The cure is a new set of
strut mount bushings. If you have the struts and bushings replaced at a
Toyota dealer, you will have lifetime parts and labor warranty on those
parts at any Toyota dealer in the U.S.
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Old 12-07-2005, 04:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: struts freezing in cold weather?

So is it just the bushings that are bad or the struts too?

When its not freezing, it works OK. But when cold, like now - very
loud bangs in the back and a very uncomfortable bouncing ride.

thanks very much for the reply, I really appreciate it

Mark

 
Old 12-07-2005, 08:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: struts freezing in cold weather?

The struts are 12 years old - replace them. Most replacement struts come
with lifetime warranty (but not the labor).

<markgal26@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> So is it just the bushings that are bad or the struts too?
>
> When its not freezing, it works OK. But when cold, like now - very
> loud bangs in the back and a very uncomfortable bouncing ride.
>
> thanks very much for the reply, I really appreciate it
>
> Mark
>[/color]


 
Old 12-07-2005, 09:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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"Wolfgang" <NOwolfgang_dieterSPAM@cox.net> wrote in message
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> The struts are 12 years old - replace them. Most replacement struts come
> with lifetime warranty (but not the labor).[/color]

Replacement struts installed by a Toyota dealer have a lifetime warranty
that includes parts and labor at any Toyota dealer in the U.S. or Canada.
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> <markgal26@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1133995962.557085.79030@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...[color=green]
>> So is it just the bushings that are bad or the struts too?
>>
>> When its not freezing, it works OK. But when cold, like now - very
>> loud bangs in the back and a very uncomfortable bouncing ride.
>>
>> thanks very much for the reply, I really appreciate it
>>
>> Mark
>>[/color]
>
>[/color]


 
Old 12-08-2005, 08:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: struts freezing in cold weather?

Guys,

Thanks again for your help. I'm getting it looked at ASAP as it has
become undrivable in cold weather.

Mark

 
Old 12-08-2005, 01:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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<markgal26@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Guys,
>
> Thanks again for your help. I'm getting it looked at ASAP as it has
> become undrivable in cold weather.
>
> Mark
>[/color]

Bad strut mounts do not make the car undriveable in cold weather although
they can make a terrible racket.
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