I agree, I have 2 bad struts on the front. My struts went bad at 40000 miles, which was slightly outside of the extended warranty package. Personally I feel this is totally sub par. Hell my tires should have lasted longer than that, which they didnt by the way.. had to replace them at 35000 miles. I drive extremely conservative, I would be more understanding if I wore out the cruise control button!
Ive read countless reports such as yours.. Ive gone online and tried to find aftermarket struts mainly because I dont want to put Toyota struts back on, especially if I can only expect 40000 miles out of them, howeevr the major strut manufactures dont make them for the 07 camry yet, mainly because it shouldnt need them yet.
After dealing with the dealership, who did nothing, I went to Toyota. At first it seemed that they were going to do something, however they havent as of yet. Out of all the cars Ive had, this one has the highest maintenance costs. I bought the extended warranty, which really doesnt do much, and have hit every service, on time with Toyota. There is no excuse.
I went to Ford yesterday and test drove a Fusion, wish I would have done so before I bought the Camry, there really was no comparison. The fusion was a bit more expensive though. Anyhow lessons learned. This will be my last Toyota.
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brakes and rotors will not cause noise unless they are badly worn and this will be evident on inspection
most noise will be from rubber suspension bushes and sway bar and shocky rubbers
I would suggest that you get quotes from suspension accredited shops and have each shop show you what is worn and what is ok
ON good roads ( hard surface) suspension units should last 60.000 miles before requiring repairs ( barring road damage)
Cars and trucks are supposed to have their tires rotated every 5,000 miles. Doing this will only slow the wear on the outside of the tire. Whenever you turn a corner, the weight of the car and the forces of friction will cause the outside of the tries to wear off, the rubber is getting "scrubbed off". Not rotating the tires will cause the outside of the front tires to wear out before any other part of any tire. Then, there is the matter of worn "front end" parts. The parts that wear most often and quickest are the tire rod ends. Next are the ball joints, and last are the shocks/struts. When a car has about 100,000 miles, these parts begin to show their wear by causing bad tire wear. Someone needs to check your car most carefully to see if any of these parts are causing your problem. After all the worn parts are replaced, the last thing is the "front end alignment". As you drive mile after mile, you occasionally hit bumps. Although these bumps do not show up quickly, the bumps will, over time, cause the tires to become a little crooked, and about once every 3-6 years, the front end needs to be aligned, or have the tires straightened. Be blessed.
is the creaking coming from the front or rear of the vehicle? if its in the front, it could be a bad strut. 2011? the vehicle should be under manuf. warranty. take it into the dealer and they should fix it for free and even put you in rental car if the vehicle has to stay for an extended period of time. make sure you are under 36,000 miles for the manuf. warranty to apply. good luck!
I spoke with the Saab dealer whom sold me the springs last March, he told me there is an ongoing problem with many owners having to change springs, I have bought 2 x new springs and had them fitted total costs incl repair of damaged tyre £450, I will not be as originally planning purchasing another Saab, after sales are poor and excuses unacceptable when requested they honour warranty.
I have experienced the same rattle on a 2002 Bravada since about 50,000 miles. I have had tie rods replaced. Later, I had tires rotated at a tire/maintenance shop and they showed me a slight amount of movement in the ball joints. They wanted to change them. I took it to a dealership. They checked the ball joints and said some play is normal but didn't recommend changing them. I am wondering if the noise is in the struts. It occurs on a slightly rough roads and even backing out of a driveway when the shocks/struts are working rapidly.