84Cressida said:It's the strut mount. My mom's Avalon same year as yours had to have it's front struts replaced, also. Suspension problems were big issues on '97-'98 Camrys and Avalons (according to Consumer Reports).
Yeah, I meant to say his struts are probably blownSmokingTires said:So how can you come to the conclusion that it's the strut mounts if your moms car had the struts replaced? They're two entirely different things. Connected, but different.
90% chance the mounts are fine, and he just needs the struts replaced.
Maybe... the inners like to wear at one point, so it's hard to accurately check those. When you lift the car off the ground, the ends are sitting at a different angle, and you may not feel any wear. I've had that happen and the extra movement couldn't be felt with the car off the ground.PKBear said:Tie rods - get the tires off the ground (be sure to use jack stands if using a jack), grasp the tire on each side and try to wobble it - push the tire as if you were turning - should have no excessive movement (aside from the actual turning of the wheel), and no clunking noise