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Old 16 Aug 2005, 08:34 pm   #1 (permalink)
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When I took my 99 camry for oil change recently (it had 78K miles) the
dealer had two reccommendations on the receipt.
car needs timing belt, cam and crank seals: $392 + tax
needs front pads and rotors and flush: $534 + tax

Not knowing much about car mechanics and pricing, still these prices
sounded rather high to me. I have no problems with braking (no squeals,
grinding, etc) but they said only 10% left on pads. Can't they just put
two new pads and without changing the whole thing (the car never had
any break work - I owned it since I bought it).

Also they said something about oil leak at crank case seal and it
wasn't a big deal and they could fix it while working on timing belt -
again, does the price sound reasonable?

I do have one problem with this car. Ever since I bought it I have
experienced vibrations at foot and steering wheel at high speeds and
while driving on inclines. On a straight stretch of freeway driving it
you let go of the wheel it will slightly pull towards right. I took it
once during warranty period and they found nothing wrong.

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Old 17 Aug 2005, 08:01 am   #2 (permalink)
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"sid" <sridhara@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> When I took my 99 camry for oil change recently (it had 78K miles) the
> dealer had two reccommendations on the receipt.
> car needs timing belt, cam and crank seals: $392 + tax
> needs front pads and rotors and flush: $534 + tax
>
> Not knowing much about car mechanics and pricing, still these prices
> sounded rather high to me. I have no problems with braking (no squeals,
> grinding, etc) but they said only 10% left on pads. Can't they just put
> two new pads and without changing the whole thing (the car never had
> any break work - I owned it since I bought it).


Yes they can, unless the discs or rotors are so badly scored they need
replacing. A flush and replacement of brake-fluid is not a bad thing.
So without replacing the rotors, the job should be at least 1/2 the price
indicated.


> Also they said something about oil leak at crank case seal and it
> wasn't a big deal and they could fix it while working on timing belt -
> again, does the price sound reasonable?


The seals do go hard and start to leak, especially if the recommended
oil-change intervals have been exceeded. The price tho, is very high. Check
for prices at a reputable mechanical-shop for the same jobs.

Jason


> I do have one problem with this car. Ever since I bought it I have
> experienced vibrations at foot and steering wheel at high speeds and
> while driving on inclines. On a straight stretch of freeway driving it
> you let go of the wheel it will slightly pull towards right. I took it
> once during warranty period and they found nothing wrong.
>



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Old 18 Aug 2005, 12:53 am   #3 (permalink)
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On 16 Aug 2005 18:34:06 -0700, "sid" <sridhara@yahoo.com> wrote:

>When I took my 99 camry for oil change recently (it had 78K miles) the
>dealer had two reccommendations on the receipt.
>car needs timing belt, cam and crank seals: $392 + tax
>needs front pads and rotors and flush: $534 + tax


Their prices seem extremely high. Run!!!

>Not knowing much about car mechanics and pricing, still these prices
>sounded rather high to me. I have no problems with braking (no squeals,
>grinding, etc) but they said only 10% left on pads. Can't they just put
>two new pads and without changing the whole thing (the car never had
>any break work - I owned it since I bought it).
>
>Also they said something about oil leak at crank case seal and it
>wasn't a big deal and they could fix it while working on timing belt -
>again, does the price sound reasonable?


When you find a reasonable & trustworthy shop, the crank case seal
(aka front main seal) is a good idea to replace...as long as they
don't screw up retightening up your harmonic balancer.
>
>I do have one problem with this car. Ever since I bought it I have
>experienced vibrations at foot and steering wheel at high speeds and
>while driving on inclines. On a straight stretch of freeway driving it
>you let go of the wheel it will slightly pull towards right. I took it
>once during warranty period and they found nothing wrong.


The vibrations may be cause by unbalanced tires. Do they occur only
at certain speeds or do they occur when you press on the brakes?

A slight pull to the right on the freeway is normal (believe it or
not) because the road are slightly slanted to the right for water
drainage. Just keep an eye on your tire pressures and tire wear.
Abnormal tire wear will indicate alignment or some other suspension
problems.
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Old 18 Aug 2005, 06:51 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Viperkiller" <nothing@nunya.net> wrote in message
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> A slight pull to the right on the freeway is normal (believe it or
> not) because the road are slightly slanted to the right for water
> drainage. Just keep an eye on your tire pressures and tire wear.
> Abnormal tire wear will indicate alignment or some other suspension
> problems.


In the old days, they used to set more castor on the off-side wheel(closest
to the centre-line) to compensate for road-crown pulling. Today, what with
power-steering they rub sufficient castor on both wheels, that this effect
is not a problem,..plus road crowns aren't as pronounced now. Castor is the
steering parameter which gives a nice straight tracking car. The only prob
in the early 4-bangers was heavy steering on parking

Jason


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