Re: Leaking boot axel

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Old 30 Dec 2005, 11:20 am   #1 (permalink)
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Recently replaced the right side axle on my '94 Camry with
remanufactured Toyota part.
Dealer list was $218.79 - got it for $132.
BTW, first attempt, they looked up the wrong part number - the correct
part number (if you have no ABS and four cylinder) is: 43410-06151-84.
Here's another suggestion, if you plan on keeping the car - be sure
they order and also replace the snap ring and lock bolt for the carrier
bearing on the axle.
The factory service manual lists these as "non reusable parts" and they
should be replaced.
A prior mechanic had changed the boot once without changing the lock
bolt and the old part was allowing the bearing to rotate in the housing
- I believe it was also creating a high speed vibration because the old
part was missing the neoprene tip and essentially not working at all.
I just compare the cost of repair to the cost of new car payments.
It is always more economical to repair than replace your Camry.
The justification for buying a new car is that you want a new car.
I plan on keeping my '94 forever, but doing my own work keeps the
pricing much more reasonable and insures the work is done very
carefully and thoroughly.
My own personal opinion is that many cars are damaged in little ways by
having mechanics on a time schedule working quickly to make more money,
creating small or sometimes not so small errors in the work which
serves to shorten the life of the car.
Jay Leno said he still has the same car he had when he was married.
If you find a good mechanic you're in great shape.
If you want a new car, buy a new car, but not because you have normal
maintenance and repair.
Toyota is one of the most reliable and back in '94 they were very well
made vehicles that can last a long, long time when properly cared for.

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