Hey there SimiSu, and welcome to TN! Nice to hear you've been getting a lot from the TN forums.
Dont know how to comment just yet on forum so I dont know if I'm leaving this post in correct place. But I changed my throttle position sensor. Today will be replacing hood shox stands. New tps didn't fix problem. Car still shifts from 1st to 2nd gear rough and bad gas mileage. Done research and I'm hoping it is a bad shift solenoid. Waiting on parts for egr modulator valve and o2 sensor. Will keep yall posted. I have a 97 Avalon xlsDitto, if you can, post some pics....👍
Installed Michelin Ultra Stealth 21" & 19" windshield wipers.
Fabricated & installed insulation on firewall...repaired some damaged hood insulation.
Put leds in front side lights and door lights.
Cleaned and detailed engine compartment (no water or chemicals - just tons of rags and Spray Nine Cleaner)
Porter Cable - Meguiars 105 > Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish > Meguiars Cleaner Wax
Really perked up the Diamond White Pearl
Picked up a Denso 234-9007 02 Sensor - from Rock Auto. I hope to install it later this week. Read all the diy's but will probably have questions before the install.
Where could I find a TRD bar like that?TRD Goodies
Recently found this guy off IG and I purchased the TRD goodies for this platform. It'll be a good while before I install the supercharger as my valve springs are worn right now and I generally dont trust throwing any boost on my old and worn daily right now thats at 236k currently. Before and after pics of the stock solara bar vs TRD bar. I have a 96 and there is a relay box directly beneath/next to the driver side strut tower. The bracket does block the trd strut bar from full seating down just by a little bit so I cut a little corner piece off of it so the strut bar could fully seat down. Relay box is currently still zip tied for now but I'll modify it cleanly eventually to not have it ziptied anymore. Before you ask, yes... BIG difference from the stock solara bar, very nicely stiff and solid in the front end of the car now.
Replaced the fender and bumper signal light, parking light and side light.
Asimms - Nice work !! Why did you decide to fix up a 1996 Avalon. Working on my 1st Gen too - but have less of a budget so tacking on parts from 6 different junk yards !!
Hello AZ - have a '98 Avy here in Surprise AZ. Love going to the junk yards here in the Phoenix Valley since there are so many First Gens now to get parts from.Replaced the DS lower control arm. The car started pulling to the left when the transmission shifted under acceleration, so I jacked it up to see if it needed a ball joint or tie rod end. When I tried to move the wheel, the whole control arm moved - yikes! But it was easy to find - the front bushing was pretty much gone, allowing the wheel to move around quite a bit. Wheel bearing and tie rods were fine.
Ordered both control arms, but only installed the driver side since it was 112 here in Phoenix yesterday. I'll do the passenger side later on since that side isn't showing any symptoms.
It really wasn't that hard of a job - only 6 bolts - although it would've been a little tougher if I had replaced the wheel bearing, that looks like it would require pulling the axle.
7-20-19 Replaced the PS control arm this morning, got it done before the temperature hit 100. It went more quickly this time, although putting the rear bolt back in was still a bit of a pain. Also discovered a split CV boot and that I'll need brake pads soon.
Hi Keri,I am also in Surprise, AZ. I just bought a 97 Avalon with 275,000 miles. I started doing repairs a couple years back on my other cars so I was up for the challenge. I definitely need struts. My check engine light is on but Auto zone tested it and it keeps coming back as ERROR. My nephew said he was told it was the catalytic converter code. I think its the O2 sensor. The other thing is the air is only coming out by the windshield.