Helpful Tips in Keeping Your Toyota Avalon Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly in Tiptop Shape
Your Toyota Avalon may not always be overloaded or used in doing serious tasks like hauling loads and going off the beaten path. But that doesn't mean that its suspension is spared from all the rigors of daily drives. Every time you take it out for a ride—be it on smooth or rugged pavements—your Toyota Avalon shock absorber and strut assembly does its task right away. So whether your Avalon is overworked or not, you still have to take good care of its suspension, particularly its shocks and struts.
Here are some tips on how you can extend the life of such suspension components:
- Inspect shock absorbers every 50,000 miles.
Most of the time, drivers put off the scheduled inspection of their shocks and struts because these components are kind of difficult to check. Whether you're one of those drivers or not, you have to find time to check your shock absorbers every 50,000 miles. Delaying it doesn't sound like a good idea because the shocks and struts are among the vehicle's safety-critical components. It's also advised that you do a check when you have any of the suspension parts fixed or replaced.
- Tighten and re-tighten the necessary bolts and nuts.
The condition of the bolts and nuts that hold the shocks and struts in place or connect them to other components is as important as the condition of the parts themselves. Any defect on such hardware can result in poor performance of the part. Most of the time, it can also lead to part damage. During your inspection, don't forget to check on the nuts and bolts that are part of your Toyota Avalon shock absorber and strut assembly. If any of them is loose, make sure to tighten it properly using a torque wrench. Apply sufficient amount of pressure and avoid over-tightening. Under-tightened bolts and nuts can come loose and cause the parts they are holding to rattle or vibrate and perform poorly. Over-tightening them, on the other hand, can weaken the bolts and eventually cause them to snap.
- Watch out for the early signs of shock and strut damage.
It pays a lot if you know the early signs of suspension problems so you can immediately do some tests and troubleshooting to determine the culprit. Among the signs that your shock and strut assembly is starting to act up are forward plunge when the brakes are applied, bottoming out when passing through recesses on the surface of the road, rock and roll effect from side to side when cornering, and experiencing a bumpy ride and unpredictable handling. As soon as you notice some of these signs, you'd better check your suspension right away.
What’s behind the Issues with Your Toyota Avalon Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly?
The Toyota Avalon shock absorber and strut assembly is designed to be Toyota-tough. But no matter how durable and capable this component is, time will come when it will eventually succumb to wear and tear. If you want to get the most out your shocks and struts, make sure that you keep them in good working condition. As soon as you notice any sign of problem, diagnose it right away so you’ll know the right thing to do.
A leak in the shocks is easy to diagnose as it usually originates from the upper seal. You can see the leak more clearly if the shock is fully extended. Check the shock well, extending as far up its main body. Unfortunately, a leaking shock necessitates replacement.
This is the term used to call the situation wherein the vehicle’s rear end plunges far enough down to hit the pavement when the vehicle is passing through road bumps. Bottoming out can also be observed when backing out or when your Avalon is carrying heavy load.
If your front shocks or struts are already worn-out, the vehicle tends to plunge forward as the brakes are applied. This is because when you depress on the brake pedal, the weight of the car keeps going forward even if the tires have already come to a halt. This issue needs to be dealt with immediately as it can greatly affect the performance of the rear brakes and put additional stress on the front brakes.
Your Toyota Avalon shock absorber and strut assembly is designed to give you a smooth ride by countering road irregularities. So as soon as you experience a bumpy ride even if the pavement isn’t as rough, you’ll know right away that your shocks and struts aren’t doing their job well. It means that the tires and the road are joining forces in sending vibration all throughout the vehicle because the shocks are no longer capable of countering it.
Rock and roll effect
Worn shocks and struts cause the vehicle to move from side to side when turning, caused by the uncontrolled shift in vehicle’s weight. If you still don’t have time to replace your shocks, the only way you can control this unusual vehicle movement is to slow down before maneuvering around corners or to rid your Avalon of any extra weight it might be carrying.