Mechanics

STRUT VS STRUT MOUNT

1998 Toyota Camry

Suspension problem
1998 Toyota Camry 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 120000 miles

I have been hearing a clunking noise as I drive over bumps for some time. I finally took the car into a mechanic and he said that replacement of the struts may not solve the clunking, because it may be caused by worn out strut mounts. Could this be the case? Also, he believed that the struts and strut mounts were sold seperately. Is this true?

Thank you,

Brad
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Bschleeter
March 8, 2008.



Hey, I have a 1998 camry v6 and I have the same noise more like a rattle like something is loose at the wheels when I go over small bumps too. I thought it was the struts (that's what I was told, and it sounded right) so I got them replaced. The noise still was there. I told another mechanic the problem and he asked if I had replaced the strut mounts which I hadn't, and he said that that the strut mounts can get worn out and that could very well be the cause of the noise.
And to be honest when I took my old struts out for the new ones, they looked pretty good. I felt bad throwing them away.
So in my opinion, go ahead and replace the struts and it would be smart to replace the strut mounts too. Because new struts alone didn't help me get rid of the rattle.

Tiny
Heyroberto
Oct 26, 2008.