98 camry w/150m miles. cv joint shot-approximate cost to fix?

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Old 11 Jan 2005, 09:25 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 98 camry w/150m miles. cv joint shot-approximate cost to fix?

dealer tells me that the grinding noise on a left turn is a worn cv
axel, joint-whatever. Should this be going at this mileage and if so
what should it cost to put in one set (left side). should i replace
both? perplexed and suffering from a bleeding wallet. thanks in advance.

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Old 11 Jan 2005, 10:44 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 camry w/150m miles. cv joint shot-approximate cost to fix?

Have you checked the conditions of the cv boots? Torn??
If torn, dirt have gotten in and joint are worn.
Require replacing joints or entire shaft.
Most replace entire shaft which comes with new boots.
Expect to pay approx $100-150 for each shaft and labor $75-150 each side
at a non-dealer mech.
You maybe able to replace shaft yourself. Check www.raxles.com for price,
they seem to have a good rebuild axles, use new parts and re-ground cv
joints which some of the discount stores carry.


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Old 11 Jan 2005, 11:33 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 camry w/150m miles. cv joint shot-approximate cost to fix?

On Tue, 11 Jan 2005 19:25:23 -0800, humblejohn wrote:

> dealer tells me that the grinding noise on a left turn is a worn cv
> axel, joint-whatever. Should this be going at this mileage and if so
> what should it cost to put in one set (left side). should i replace
> both? perplexed and suffering from a bleeding wallet. thanks in advance.


Well, if you get them from Toyota, they are $75-125 each, brand new. If
you get them aftermarket, they are $59 rebuilt. Brand new should run
another 90-125K, rebuilt will go approx 60K. They aren't that hard to do,
esp if you can get a lift somewhere (maybe 30-45 mins). And get a
Chilton's or Haynes.
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Old 12 Jan 2005, 07:29 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 camry w/150m miles. cv joint shot-approximate cost to fix?

Make sure its not something simpler
like a bad wheel bearing first. I had
one go at 120,000 and one at 160,000.
Check the rubber boots under the car
first to see if they are cracked. You will
know because there will be grease
everywhere from the cv joints.
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Old 13 Jan 2005, 07:26 am   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 98 camry w/150m miles. cv joint shot-approximate cost to fix?

How is a wheel bearing simpler on a '98?
They're press fit - not a DIY job.

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Old 13 Jan 2005, 09:24 am   #6 (permalink)
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DIY for some, wheel bearing cheaper to repair than CV joint. Probably time
to do both for a 98 with 150k on it.
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Old 14 Jan 2005, 07:44 am   #7 (permalink)
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Usually a wheel bearing makes a noise like you are describing.
A bad C-V joint will usually make a popping noise when you are pulling
out from a dead stop and turning the wheel.
Either can make the sound you are describing , but it sounds more like
a wheel bearing to me.

Try this. While at a stop turn the wheel sharply to the left and then
pull out . Then try the same thing with the wheel turned right. You
will most always get a popping sound from the axle if it's bad.
A wheel bearing usually won't make any noise doing this.

A left wheel bearing will most always make a noise while going through
a curve to the right as this puts more stress on the left wheel and
vice versa. Sometimes you can jack the car up enough to turn the wheel
back and forth very slowly by hand and actually feel the roughness in
the bearing.

For what it's worth , if you're still running the original axles at
150k , they have done pretty well.



On 11 Jan 2005 19:25:23 -0800, humblejohn@anonymous.to wrote:

>dealer tells me that the grinding noise on a left turn is a worn cv
>axel, joint-whatever. Should this be going at this mileage and if so
>what should it cost to put in one set (left side). should i replace
>both? perplexed and suffering from a bleeding wallet. thanks in advance.


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