Replace both struts AND shocks?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by hearsay, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. Patrick Wong

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    I don't think the bounce test is effective on the Prius. I have tried that on my vehicles, and even though I can't force excessive bounce with that test, I've found the worn struts/shocks are pretty bad after removal and inspection. My basis for saying "pretty bad" is determining the rate at which the strut rod will expand out of the body once compressed, and comparing to new.
     
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    Bounce test doesn’t really work on any newer car. By the time they would fail the bounce test they would be almost undrivable.
     
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    Thanks. Ill just go ahead and put that on the list of things to do.
     
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    Clay- I did exactly as you did, ordered the front strut/spring assembly from Rockauto-big time saver (since I'm very much an amateur).

    For the rears I ordered KYB shocks from rock auto and ordered new Springs from Toyota. There was a noticeable rear height difference when the spring change was done.
     
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    I would add that replacing the coil springs would add zero extra labor while doing the struts, so if you're going to do it, now is the time!
     
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