Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
What are some common problems in getting an aftermarket shock and strut assembly for the Toyota Corolla?
Answer: Shock absorbers need to be installed in such a way that the right balance of stiffness is achieved between the front and rear suspensions. A front suspension that's too stiff will lead to over-steering while an excessively stiff rear suspension can cause under-steering. When installing aftermarket struts to lower the vehicle, care should be taken that enough ground clearance remains. A car that's too close to the ground will encounter problems with speed bumps and rough, uneven roadsunderside components like the oil pan and the exhaust system can get seriously damaged.
What benefits can a performance aftermarket shock absorber and strut assembly give to a Toyota Corolla?
Answer: Performance shock absorbers allow a car to cope with the demands of intense driving applications like street racing. For casual drivers, aftermarket shocks can provide added comfort and even improved gas mileage. Aftermarket struts are often used to lower a Corolla's suspension, which improves its handling and gives it a sportier look.
Where is the strut assembly located in a Toyota Corolla?
Answer: Many Toyota Corollas use a front strut assembly. This can be located by removing the front wheels, lifting the front of the car, and looking underneath to find the coiled springs and the hardware going through them and onto both ends. Some models, however, use a rear strut assembly, which is accessed by removing the rear wheels and lifting the rear of the vehicle.
When should the shock absorber and strut assembly on a Toyota Corolla be replaced?
Answer: Some experts would recommend replacing shocks and struts every 60,000 miles. Another way is to look out for signs of damage or wear and tear. Problems with the strut assembly can be indicated by frequent popping or clunking sounds, worn-out tires, and steering difficulties. Bumps that are sharply felt and excessive vibrations while driving can mean a problem with your suspension springs. Excessive up-and-down bouncing is a symptom of faulty shock absorbers. Struts and shocks should always be replaced in pairs.