2008 Toyota Camry Q&A
2008 Toyota Camry Question: How long should struts last?
My car has 37,500 miles on it (mostly highway miles), and my independent mechanic (STS) said that the struts are leaking. The Toyota dealership said that three of the struts are "Level 5" leaks and that one strut is a "Level 4" leak and that its all normal evaporation. According to a bulletin for '06-'07 Toyotas, Levels 4-5 are normal (my car is an '08, and the dealership insists that the bulletin pertains to my car, too - even though the bulletin states on its face that it is only for '06-'07 cars). However, STS said the industry standard is that any leak is no good. Anyone know which is correct? How long should struts actually last? Also, anyone know of any official documentation stating that any type of leak is no good and/or the length of time/miles struts should last? The car is no longer under warranty, but I'm hoping Toyota will work with me based on all their bad publicity lately (and the fact that my car was part of the recalls). Any help is appreciated. Thanks. - OopeyEsq
i have a big problem with all this. first, your vehicle is under warranty. it has a 3 36 warranty which you are over 500 miles. I agree with STS. any leak is unacceptable. I would appeal to toyota customer service for a second opinion. be persistant. you should not be responsible for this problem. you could also try another dealer who may be happy to warranty your struts. Roy - mastertech6371
Hi, without getting into corporate bull your struts are leaking, losing pressure and creating an unstable suspenssion. Explain how these are tough times. I deal alot with warranty companies, some times with cool phone etiquette and patience you will get your issue resolved. If not then I will give a great deal, give me a try at http://repairpal.com/broadway-auto-body-and-repair-llc Ted, gl - BroadwayAuto
Never mind - dogcatbird
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