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87 Camry question about rear shocks sagging down?
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March 31, 2010, 6:47:31 AM
Hello,
I have a 87 Camry 2.0 5 speed and the rear of the car is sagging down quite low. I have replaced the shocks they are new and working fine. I am thinking the problem here is the coil springs are sagging down low with the age of the car and perhaps this is a problem with this car please advise me with this question? I would like to know why/what is causing this and how to fix the problem. If indeed it is the coil springs then please advise me if its worth the effort and money of changing out and putting new coil springs on the car it has 170k on it. I think that it would be quite risky to change the coil springs in my car due to age, rust, rust on bolts back there, and taking apart so much of the car in the rear. Again I dont know that is why I am here asking so please advise me here as I am sure there is others on here who have had the same problem with the back of the car sagging low. Thanks for your help in advising me here as to what the problem is and what to do to fix the problem.
Dave


March 31, 2010, 5:39:54 PM
If you plan on driving the car or carrying any sort of load - then you'll have to look at replacing the coil springs. You've already done the shocks - might as well do the springs. Shocks control body damping, ride height is dictated by the springs. Given the age and mileage of the car, likely the springs are sagging on you.

Before you go through the effort of replacing the springs - measure the ride height front and rear. It is possible that it is an optical illusion at play here. I know on my two daily drivers - the rear end looks like it is a good 2"-3" lower than the front (looking at body lines, wheel gap) - but if I measured the ride height, they are spot on.


April 1, 2010, 2:02:30 AM
Wow I did not think of that good point thanks for all that info. I might leave it not sure yet will have to think about it. I was thinking of getting the whole unit (coil & shock) together @ the junk yard on a newer camry that might be the way to go as it is very cheap.
Dave



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