2007 Toyota Camry struts

Tiny
JOE1953
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  • 2007 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 206,000 MILES
I about to buy some strut is monroe quick-strut and Fcs strut good strut? The Fcs strut costs less money.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 AT 9:59 PM

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Tiny
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I don't know what an Fcs is but in general, the cheapest strut is closely equivalent to original equipment. Once you've accomplished holding the wheel straight in alignment, there's just a limited number of things you can do to control bouncing. Original equipment struts are already pretty good so don't expect a lot of improvement with aftermarket parts except for a better price.

As an alignment specialist, suspension ride height is critical to me because it affects handling, steering response, braking distance, tire wear, and comfort. Coil springs sag with age and should be replaced when the car sits lower than the published specifications. Few people take ride height into account in the maintenance of their cars, but when you buy "Quick Struts", you're getting new springs so ride height will be restored to where it should be. Your car really isn't old enough for this to be an issue yet, however, there is a different advantage. You'll be buying new springs and new upper mounts, but everything is already assembled. When replacing just the struts, the springs and upper mounts have to be disassembled, and that can be a fairly dangerous job. It's time-consuming too. You'll be buying extra parts but paying for a lot less labor.

The upper strut mounts can cause binding when turning the steering system. There can also be wear due to rust that can't be seen until the struts are disassembled, then the mechanic has to tell you more parts are needed than were first thought. We hate having to do that. With your Quick Struts, you'll have all new parts to restore ride quality AND steering smoothness to like original.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 AT 10:36 PM
Tiny
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The FCS Strut Assembly is engineered to meet and exceed O.E.M. Quality. The components and valving are designed specifically for each domestic or import car, truck, van, minivan or SUV application. The precisely calibrated valving combinations are individualized for each application to best simulate OE ride and feel.

Each unit is tested on key measures and manufactured using reliable designs and repeatable production methods. NOK seals, highly-polished chrome rod finish, high performance shock oil, and an OE-type piston ensures first-class quality for each unit made.

Assembly Includes:

MacPherson Strut: With NOK seals, mirror-finished, hard-chrome piston rod, and Japanese oil (to insure great seal, long-life and consistent damping over a wide range of temperatures).
Coil Spring: 20% of production factory-checked for OE compression levels. Electrostatic coating for optimal corrosion resistance.
Bearing Plate: From same supplier as Monroe. Endurance tested under extreme load to ensure optimal performance & long life.
Boot Kit & Bumper: Bumper molded from urethane rubber for long life. Absorbs harsh, damaging road impact and noise for quieter driving.
Upper Spring Seat: Absorbs harsh, damaging road impact and noise for quieter driving.
Upper and Lower Isolators: Ensures spring remains stable in all conditions.
Robust Brackets: Reinforced to insure integrity and long life.
Image is of a typical part; part appearance varies by application

FCS Warranty Information
Limited lifetime
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 AT 11:27 PM
Tiny
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This is just the propaganda that is put out by every manufacturer. What it boils down to is the replacement assembly is exactly the same as the original equipment versions. Don't over-think this. For normal cars and driving conditions you are very unlikely to notice any difference except when the old ones were worn out or leaking, then of course the new ones will feel better.

This reminds me of when Toyota's advertising touted their gold-plated contacts for their air bag impact sensors because they spared no expense for your safety. What they failed to mention is ALL impact sensors for all car brands and models have gold-plated contacts. Ford used to advertise 17 standard features for, as I recall, their Tracer. Those features included, ... Uhm, ... Steering, brakes, wipers, even tires. Go figure. All their standard features were identical to what came on all brands of basic car models for years.

What you need to look at is Toyota bought or made their coil springs, and you can be certain they tested 100 percent of them. The aftermarket company is bragging about testing one fifth of theirs. What about the other 80 percent? Do you want to get the one or two out of a hundred that don't meet loading specs and didn't get tested, or are not a matched pair?

Chrysler buys their injectors from Bosch in flow-matched sets for every engine, and problems are pretty much unheard of for the life of their cars. GM grabs a handful of injectors out of a bin with no regard to matching their flow rates, then they have performance problems that show up years later. Theirs are 100 percent tested too, but they didn't go far enough.

Don't get wrapped up in the hype. I was an alignment specialist at a new-car dealership for ten years, and while I never used the Quick Struts, we never obsessed over what the parts stores sent us. I installed whatever they had in stock and never had any customer complaints. Also, because I replaced so many struts, I got good at it and could replace a pair in 20 minutes once the car was on the hoist. It was less expensive for our customers to have me do it that way, and most of the cars that come into dealerships are new enough to not need new springs yet.
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 AT 12:07 AM

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