Hard to find good replacement parts for my 90's Toyota

pfsal256

Harder and harder to find decent replacement parts to maintain my 90's Toyota cars

Scotty,

It's getting harder and harder for me to find good replacement parts anymore. I have 90's Toyota cars that I try to maintain, but most of the parts available are cheap Chinese manufactured garbage. Good example of my problem lately. Bought my 1994 Camry in 2012. Have since put on 2 complete sets of quick-struts in 60,000 miles. First was a set of Monroes (in 2013) with lifetime warranty. The two rear rod bellows deteriorated and were hanging after 3 years while one front rattled badly after 10K miles (everything else was tight according to the shop-my guess was the strut mount was bad). Only one (left front) was worth anything at all, but that bellow was starting to fail. I asked for replacements, but they just gave me a refund (that's good). Fast forward to 2016/2017. I bought another four quick-struts (rears in 2016 and fronts in 2017) from Moca Auto. Figured these couldn't be any worse, but I was wrong. The fronts now get stiffer as the temperature drops. Under 10 degrees F I can barely push down the bumper. Starts getting stiffer at about 20 degrees. I have had to lower the tire pressure in the front tires to help cushion the bumps. Michigan roads aren't exactly smooth, but 30 degrees and above no problem. The constant impacts has now started to make my dash creek and rattle. The only good parts I seem to have found is the "Import Direct" parts from Oriley's Auto and genuine toyota parts. Now if I see "made in china" on parts I automatically take them back knowing I will have to replace them in a year or two anyway. I believe Sensen makes the Toyota OEM struts so I guess I'll look for some of those or just bite the bullet and go get some OEM Toyota struts. I just get tired of replacing the same parts. Any advise?

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gutley
gutley

Check out the KYB site. It turn out that the strut are serviceable. Most aren't. So you have two choices, one is to service the strut or second is to just replaced the whole thing short of coil spring. It's all boiled down to time, money, knowledge, and tools.

pfsal256
pfsal256

Hi Gutley, thanks. I forgot to mention my first set for my Camry were Monroes. They lasted 3 years before I warrantied them so I know what you mean. Thankfully, I got my money back

pfsal256
pfsal256

Thanks for the info. I looked at the KYB struts before and they have a strange extra lower spring seat (KYB SM5173) you have to buy along with the strut for the '94 Camry LE 4CYL. Guy at Orileys had no clue how that worked so I never got those. Bolt on-weld on... no clue myself. Look at a picture of the KYB 334132 (front looks strange), and the KYB 334134 (rear that looks normal). Interesting my 1990 prizm KYB struts had the bottom spring seat welded on as normal. I guess I'm going to contact KYB and see if they have a local rep. Not sure why this specific application has an extra 35 dollar seat you have to buy.

gutley
gutley

I have used Monroe brands once in past for S10 Blazer and dislike them very much. They were rattling inside the shock. Like Scotty said, KYB or if you want stiffer ride Bilstein. I replaced all shocks/struts on every used car I buy with either KYB or Bilstein. KYB is actually OEM for 1996 Lexus LS400 as I found their tiny stamped logo on it. As for for getting part, I always end up going to RockAuto. Price vs price they are cheaper then local box auto store. Or do Ebay search for harder to find parts.

playwithcars
playwithcars

i use a &m auto parts online alot...

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

kyb makes decent struts for toyotas