I just had all four struts replaced. The first estimate was $1600 for all struts (independent shop). I balked, and then they called back and said they could do it for $1200. They said it's not just the struts, but coils and stablilizer links that were needed that increased the cost, (I had a quote of $900 for just the struts replaced). Desperate for my car, I let them do the job, and it does ride smoother, with less sway, and a little easier over these endless potholes in Ohio. I reviewed the invoice and see that they replaced the struts with Quick Struts. Researching tonight on the web, am I interpreting it correctly that the coil is part of the Quick Strut? (Part numbers: PPCTST100016, 17 for the front, and PPCST100012, 15 for the back). The invoice says they removed the old coils and put them on the new struts. Was this the correct thing to do, and should it have cost $1200 total for all four? As you can see, don't know much about cars, but am desparate to find a reliable mechanic as I part ways with my Toyota dealer in search of more economical, but most of all, honest, mechanic.
Struts on 2000 Toyota Camry
by toyota camry 00 gal in Willoughby, OH on August 24, 2009
ANSWER by patrick mannion , August 24, 2009
When replacing the front struts the struts are removed from the car. The spring is compressed the top mount that you see in the engine compartment when you open the hood (black in color about 4 1/2 inch in diameter. The mount has a bearing in it often goes bad, Once the springs are compressed and the top mount is removed, the spring can be relaxed, the old strut/shock discarded, the new strut is placed in a tool to hold it while the "old" suspension spring is compressed/transferred to a point where the the top mount can be replaced and bolted to the top of the suspension strut, Once the top mount bolt is tightened the spring is then trapped and can't come apart. One the unit has been assembled the suspension is placed back in the car. The suspension sway bar link end can wear out, it is a ball joint like your shoulder or hip, after all the struts have been replaced it is best to align the steering. http://media.photobucket.com/image/totota%20camry%20suspension/darkmastyr/Camry/Gen3CamrySuspensionB.jpg The following website has Toyota specific articles straight from Toyota training material but contains many simple overviews. http://www.autoshop101.com/