Re: Leaking boot axel

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Old 12 Dec 2005, 10:02 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Re: Leaking boot axel

Debbiedo, 12/12/2005,10:30:00 PM, wrote:

> My '94 Camry just came back from the shop. The timing belt broke. Was
> told right axel boot was leaking and needed replacing, as well as I
> needed two new front tires. What would be the approx. cost of fixing
> the axel boot?
>
> The car has 130K miles on it and has been in the shop several times
> this year. We have been looking at Honda Pilots and Odesseys. (Toyotas
> are too pricey) Is it time to bite the big one and trade it in? I've
> got two kids and need a dependable car. I think my reliable old Toyota
> may be getting to the point where it is going to cost me more money
> and headaches than it is worth. What do you all think?


Of course it all depends on how it has been maintained. 130K miles for
a Camry is not much. I sold my 94 with 164K miles with no problem
whatsoever, actually I feel cheated because my wife sold it to the
first person who called while I was out of town that weekend.

In the 4 cylinder model the timing belt is supposed to be replaced
every 60K miles. Your mileage indicates you missed at least one
interval, if not two. CV boots wear out, and I believe vehicles of
that era had rubber products that don't hold up as well as today's do.
My 97 with 115K miles hasn't had one bad seal or rubber boot yet.

You will probably need motor mounts soon, hopefully transmission,
differential, radiator, brake, and engine fluids has been changed
regularly. If you replace the CV boot, consider keeping the Toyota
axle if it is still good or replace with another genuine Toyota part.
I went through three axles on one side and two on the other side
because I got the cheap Pep Boys ones.

If you get another used car you will have to deal with any unknown
problems it might have. If the Camry has served you well a bit of
minor repair work may be worth not having to make payments on a nother
vehicle.
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