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Need directions on changing struts as well as labor time on a 2002 Toyota Avalon 3.0.
Here is for front struts. Labor time is 2 hours per strut on the front and 2.2 hours per strut on rear, not including alignment:
Struts and shocks are a part of a vehicle’s suspension. Struts and shocks help keep the tires stay in contact with the ground to maintain stability as well as a smooth ride. Just like every other part of a vehicle, they need to be maintained and repairs done when needed. Without properly functioning struts and shocks the tires could leave the ground and this could be dangerous for the driver and passengers as well as other vehicles on the road and pedestrians.
Struts are known to be the whole suspension and are covered by a coil spring. Struts are made to grip the shock from the coil springs. The front suspension comes with shocks, and the rear has struts. However, it is common for trucks to have shocks located on the front and rear. Shocks are typically less expensive to replace than struts. Often the owner of the vehicle can change the shocks with the correct tools without hiring a mechanic. On the other hand, struts can be a little more complicated, and this often requires a mechanic.
Being aware of when the shocks or struts are going out can be beneficial as this could prevent an accident.
If you suspect that your shocks or struts have gone bad, there are a few ways you can check before taking the car into a mechanic such as
Oil or air leak test – Struts and shocks could be changed when leaking occurs. Shocks and struts are filled with oil that can leak when they begin to go bad. The leak can be seen from under the car or on the shock and strut.
Bounce test – To perform a bounce test, push down on the back or front of the car hard and quickly let go. If the car does not bounce, the shocks and struts are in working condition. However, if the car does bounce after the weight is removed, this could be an indication that the shocks and struts need replaced.