2003 ES300 - 209,000 miles
I have developed a "clunk" that seems to be coming from the passenger side trunk area when hitting a pothole or pavement change. First thought is a strut or mount going/gone bad so will probably replace all 4 struts. Need suggestions on whether to use OEM parts or aftermarket parts and sources. I prefer a smooth ride versus performance handling. Suggestions on the parts and process appreciated. Should the struts be replaced BEFORE or AFTER a full alignment? The work will be done by a shop, not by yours truly.
My 03 ES300 has been an excellent car since I bought it as the second owner in 2006--it has 168,000 miles on the clock. Recently the ride has gradually become rougher when I drive over cracks and bumps, although overall handling and quietness remain unchanged. The tires are fairly new Michelin Primacies in good condition. There is no fluid leakage or suspension sag. My question is, What is the immediate cause likely to be? Struts/shocks, rubber mountings, bushings, or other components I'm unaware of? I'm hoping to economize and repair only what's necessary, although I realize that this may not be possible. At present, I'm not sure I will be keeping the car for years into the future. Thanks for your help!
I took it to the mechanic and he changed out all my struts when I took it back home ABS light turned on. Took it to Toyota they said at all my speed sensors were fine but it might be my module I got a used but working module still didn't work any hints or answers ?
I have a 2001 LS 430 that just turned 100K.
If I drive over a dirt or rocky road it sounds and feels like the front suspension is about to fall off.
I just replaced the tires with Michelin MXV4's and had the wheels aligned.
I asked that the front end be checked and was told it was fine. ( It's a local shop that I've been going to for quite a while and they have fixed all of my cars and I trust them)
On a normal road or on the highway at speeds around 80 the car handles and drives fine. It tracks well. And the shocks/struts seem normal.
But if I go over a rough road or pull into a driveway that has a 1 or 2 inch lip it bangs.
I also have a 2004 LS430 and I've read that there was an issue with the steering column. Could this be something similar with the 2001?
So I've been doing a little searching and it seems my 98 lexus needs new shocks. I am a new car owner this being my first car. I plan on buying new shocks for my lexus on Rockauto but dont know which shocks would be the best to get (or if brand really matters?), and does anyone know if auto shops like sears and others will replace the shocks for me if I already purchased the shocks.
I would also like to know if I need to purchase other items for my car besides the shocks. (ex: if i need a coil spring or strut mount)
Thanks in advance for you help.