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Re: Strut on 97 Camry
Whoever replaced the strut neglected to replace the "bearing support cap"...Tthat is the black thing that is on top of the strut, above the spring... this also has the 3 studs on it that holds the top of the strut to the vehicle. The rubber in the center of this plate has failed. What you are hearing is the strut banging back & forth inside of this plate. What you need to do is remove the strut, re-compress the spring, and get a new "strut cap".
This will fix the problem.
Very common that this item is omitted whilst replacing struts.
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If the knock is heard when on a smooth surface when turning at full lock, it is one or both CV joints being worn. That usually happens soon after a CV rubber boot splits and lets out all the grease. Test this in a quiet parking lot. Replace both sides, not just one.
If it happens when driving somewhat straighter on a less than smooth surface, it will be either a suspension strut or strut mount failure, or less often, a lower outer ball joint.
It's best if you can buy the complete strut assembly. Trying to deal with the spring is difficult if you don't have the proper spring compressor even then it's dangerous.
1. Raise and support your car and remove the front wheels. 2. Disconnect the speed sensor and brake line from the strut. 3. Remove the lower strut nuts and bolts from the knuckle. 4. Under the hood find the three nuts holding the the top mount. 5. Remove complete strut from car. Be careful not to damage the CV axle boot.
Remember, the strut is under pressure from the spring be very careful.
Take note of the orientation of the top strut mount so when you go to replace it with the new one you get it in the proper location. Also there is a right and left side so make sure you put the rigth one on the right side and left on the left side.
you will need to set the car on jack stands, then remove the tires, then remove the bottom strut mount bolts, pop the trunk, and the top mount bolts should be easily accessible remove them also, then you will need strut spring compressors, compress spring, remove top retaining nut, then remove old strut install new strut tighten retaining nut release springs and install back on vehicle.
Hello, and welcome to FixYa. I'll be glad to help you out.
When you had the struts replaced, one of two things happened.
one - the rear strut retention bolts were not tightened up properly at the tops of the struts
two- the top supports on the struts were not replaced. Whenever we change the struts, we always replace the top supports. More than likely, this is your problem. The rear strut supports are notorious for wearing out, and, when they do, they make loud banging noises.
2004 Camry rear support part numbers:
I would suggest replacing the top supports to cure your problem.
As long as you have the ready struts no. They come with the spring and mount already attached. If you don't, you better have a good spring compressor to remove the old strut and replace it with a new one.
a worn strut could make that noise but it could also be the strut mount its self the only true way to see if it is the problem is to remove it from the vechicle. but if you dont feel the need to do this try spraying some rust check or lubricant onto everything that you see that moves. i hope this helps.