DIY Quick Struts for your Toyota Camry

Struts, especially your front struts, are regular part of keeping your car maintained. When your front struts are in good condition, they keep you and your car from feeling the pressure and bumps of the roads and highways you drive upon as well as keeps your car alignment. When your front struts go bad, and your alignment is off, then the constant driving and travelling in your car can become uncomfortable for you and cause problems for the rest of the car. Therefore, keeping your struts well-maintained, replacing them at the proper time, is an important aspect of car maintenance to keep in mind.

DIY Spring Compression or An Accident Waiting to Happen
DIY Spring Compression or An Accident Waiting to Happen

How do you replace your front struts, though? Fortunately, for all you Toyota Camry drivers, there are quick struts, that can easily be installed and uninstalled, if you have the right tools, without the element of danger that comes with attempting to DIY spring compression. Take a look at our quick front struts replacement guide, to help do-it-yourself, like a pro.

  • To start, you will want to gather the necessary tools and parts for this job. This will include: a socket wrench, with sockets, penetrating oil, and a torque wrench. The quick strut should have all the pieces necessary for the replacement process.
  • Once you have all your tools and parts ready, go ahead and jack up your car. Use proper jacking techniques, as safety is your number one priority. After the side that you are working on is off the ground, remove the wheel.
  • After the wheel has been removed, look towards the top of your wheel well. You should notice a stabilizer link, basically a tab connected on the side of your strut, with a 5mm bolt holding it in place. Use your large wrench to grip the bolt while unscrewing the bolt from the stabilizer link. It would also be a good idea to spray some penetrating oil on the bolt, before unscrewing it.
  • Next, find your way down the front strut. You will see just behind the wheel assembly; your Camry’s ABS wire clip. Unclip this and then look to the side and find the 12 mm bolt holding the brake line on. Remove this as well. Pull that out of the way and move on to the next step.
  • You should now see two 22 mm nuts, one above the other, that must be removed. Spray some penetrating oil on them first, then unbolt them. You will then have to knock the bolts they were attached to out of their sockets. Then open the hood of your car.
  • Above where you were working, you will need to remove three 14 mm nuts from the top of the strut tower.
  • Next, use a jack stand or scissor jack to support the bottom of the steering knuckle. You should now be able to pull the front strut assembly out of the top socket and completely out of the wheel well.
  • During the installation process, it is a good idea to recall the steps you took to get to this point. Working your way backwards can really help you make sure you don’t forget a step or part, that’s necessary for your car.
  • First, make sure the quick strut is aligned correctly, with the strut tower sockets. Go ahead and stick it up in the correct holes.
  • Second, reinstall the strut bottom with the steering knuckle. You may have to wiggle it around for it to fit in correctly. Be careful not to damage the brake line during this process.
  • Third, reinstall the 22 mm steering knuckle bolts, the three 14mm strut tower nuts, and then the 22 mm steering knuckle nuts last. These need to be torqued to 152 lb•ft, or else they may loosen up on the road.
  • Fourth, reattach the bolt holding the brake line and reattach the ABS clip, back to its original position.
  • Fifth, inspect the stabilizer linkages and then reinstall the stabilizer link bolt.
  • You can now reinstall the wheel, and lower the car to the ground.

Once you have followed these steps to replacing your front struts, be sure to take your car out for a test drive, noticing any problems or noises. An extremely important last step to add for your front struts replacement process is getting an alignment. This step is vital for keeping your car healthy and your tires in shape. Installing new front struts on your Camry is a great way to test your DIY ability. So whenever your Camry needs new front struts, you are prepared to replace them quickly and skillfully.

How to Replace a Headlight Bulb (Toyota Corolla and Others)

The small and almost insignificant parts and pieces of a vehicle, like your Toyota Corolla, can often add up and prove to be actually quite important. Though some parts may not be key or crucial to the operation of the vehicle, necessarily, there is always a reason a certain part or piece is installed. While not being the ultimate reason a car starts and runs, some parts are there for other reasons. For example, one reason a part may be installed is for safety, and not just for yourself, but for others around you as well.

Toyota Headlights Causing You Problems?
Toyota Headlights Causing You Problems?

One of these particular safety parts is your headlights. Though seemingly unimportant, headlights are actually extremely important for the road. Obviously, headlights allow you to see in the dark, essentially making driving a 24-hour possibility, but they are also there for communicating to other drivers around. When driving on a road at night, especially the back roads and country roads, headlights communicate to other drivers heading in your direction, that you are headed in theirs.
Headlights are important, but what if one of your headlight bulbs goes out? Here is a quick and easy guide, to help you get your Toyota Corolla, or whatever Toyota you may be driving, back to blinking with both headlights.
• First, as with all DIY projects, gather the supplies you will need for the project at hand. In this particular case, you should only need the replacement headlight bulb. You can probably pick up the appropriate bulb at your local auto parts store, before beginning the project.
• Next, prepare your car by making sure it is in park, and the open the hood.
• After opening the hood, you should notice in the back of the headlight that is out, a connector jutting out. To access the headlight bulb, you will need to push down on the connector, in order to unplug the wiring. For the unconnected portion, rotate it counter clockwise to find the bulb.
• Once the headlight bulb is showing, and is ready be removed, then start the removal process. To do this, you must twist the bulb, counterclockwise, to unscrew it from the electrical connector. You should now have everything ready for the installation process.
• Carefully, pull out the new headlight bulb from its box, and screw it into the vacant socket, counter clockwise. Just to reiterate, though, it is very important for you to handle the headlight Bulb with care. They can break extremely easily. Pro Tip: Dirt and grease, even your fingerprint, can lead to uneven heating and expansion of the bulb while in use, and the bulb could explode. Use clean rubber gloves to install the new bulb in the socket. Lacking gloves, alcohol wipes are very good for removing dirt and grease from the bulb before installation and testing.
• After putting the new bulb in, check the headlights to see if they are both working. If the one that was out continues to be out, bring your Toyota Camry to a mechanic to check for any problems in the electrical system. If after checking your headlights, and they are both working correctly, then you are good to go!
Your headlights are very important in keeping your driving lifestyle safe. When a headlight bulb goes out, do not just ignore it. Seeing where you are going on the road is clearly your number one priority while driving, and keeping your headlights working makes sure that happens no matter what time it is. So if and when your headlight bulbs go out, follow this guide, and you will be back to lighting up the world, on your many driving adventures.

Toyota Upholstery Cleaning Tips

Car washes are a dime a dozen. When driving down any main drag, you often can see a car wash, whether it be on its own or combined with a gas station. Car washes can be extremely convenient, considering that all you have to do is bring your Toyota in, and let the car wash take care of the rest. Some of you even wash your own car. What often happens, though, is car owners keep the outside of their car clean, but let the inside go. While keeping the outside of your Toyota nice and shiny is important, keeping the interior clean is important, too. You would be surprised to see what taking a little time to clean the interior can do, to make your car feel new again. Here is an easy guide for you to follow in cleaning the upholstery of your Toyota.

  • First, in order to make sure the surfaces are completely cleaned, you must clear them of all trash and other unnecessary items. Taking a moment to get the clutter out of your car can be a great stress reliever and also allows you to make your car 100% spotless. Remember, you can scrub all you want, but if you have items and trash floating around your seats, floorboards, and cup holders, your Toyota will never look or feel clean.
  • Second, take a damp rag and apply it to plastic and vinyl surfaces. Using a damp rag on the dashboard and cup holders regularly will keep your vehicle from becoming overwhelmingly dirty. You won’t realize how much dust has built up on your dash until you go at it with a rag. You might even see a change in color!
  • Third, when working on your upholstery, you will need to follow different tactics of care, depending on the material.
    • For cloth seats, using a vacuum with a detachable hose can really help in keeping your vehicle maintained. Always start from the highest point of the seat and work your way down, so that particles don’t fall onto already vacuumed portions. Then use the vacuum on the floor to clean up there as well. Don’t forget to clean the mats and below the mats as well. If the mats are not a cloth material, then you can probably take them inside and wash them down, especially if you or a passenger had spilled something sticky on them.
    • For leather seats, you will need to use a specific cleaning product made for leather. Most products come with instructions, whether the product is for regular maintenance or for spills. It is vital that you follow the instructions carefully and don’t use just any cleaner, as you could harm the seats as opposed to cleaning them.

Cleaning the interior of your vehicle is just as important as cleaning the exterior. You clean the exterior to both keep up the vehicles beauty but it also can help keep up the vehicles maintenance. Cleaning the interior of your Toyota doesn’t take as long as you might think, and it can go a long way in keeping your life less cluttered. Most of us practically live in our cars, and just as you keep a regular schedule of light and deep cleanings of the house you live in, so you should do with your car. Set up an interior cleaning schedule, stick to it, and you will be riding in a car that’s pleasing to look at both outside and inside.