Thanks Ash. Sounds like you had a great run with the OEM struts. I watched the Car Care Nut video below and he recommends leaving the OEM struts until you have issues with them. I actually bought some KYB struts very cheaply for around $500 for front and rear from eBay during a sale, however now I am thinking I will return them and just wait it out - he recommends if it aint broke, dont fix it!
In Oct.2015, my 2006 Aurion had 166.500kms on the odometer. In late December 2020 with 225,675 kms on the odometer, I fitted new Sachs struts and King springs both front and rear. OEM struts did definitely need replacing. I did not notice any leaking. However not much resistance to push down the centre rod and quite some time before that centre rod on the front struts started to rise up.
You could consider going to a suspension shop i.e. Pedders for a suspension check to confirm how worn is the suspension.
https://www.pedders.com.au/products/book-a-brakes-steering-suspension-check/?kw=pedders suspension check&cpn=16037919304&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIu7LI2fu2-gIVDRsrCh0LGgCfEAAYASAAEgIorvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
I was planning on buying some new KYB struts for my Aurion 2014. Car has 148,000kms on it.
The ride is ok, it does feel a little bit bouncy over the road surfaces compared to my VE2 Commodore. However reading other forum topics on this it seems to be a similar complaint from others even witih low km Aurions. I dont know if this slightly bouncier ride is just due to the firmer suspension compared to the soft /floaty Commodore.
My question is how many KMs is reasonable to expect the struts to last. Mine are currently not leaking so am I potentially going to be throwing money away upgrading them to KYB? Knowing that the OEM struts could even be of higher quality.
How many kms do you have on your struts? Should I just wait until they start leaking?
I rang the same Toyota again and tried to get some more clarity about the procedure as car was booked in tomorrow. Now what they tell me that there is no gasket for the transmission, that it is a "liquid silastic" gasket for my transmission. I asked him to double check that, he came back and said yes that is what it is. Went online and had a look, it appears that there are proper Duraprene gaskets for the transmission. Is this right or are they incompetent? Maybe I am not speaking to the right person there, will be cancelling my appointment there
U660E AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE FLUID ADJUSTMENT.doc
On page 12 of the attached document, there is mention of adding another 200ml of ATF.
I have been using aftermarket ATF in my Aurion for about 6 years. Penrite ATF LV meets the Toyota WS specification. I have been using this ATF for at least 3 years and intend to keep doing so.
Remember that it is your vehicle and you make the final decision. It is more convenient for me to go to my local SuperCheap Auto or Repco than to the Spare Parts Dept of the nearest Toyota dealership.