Tips on servicing my '98 Camry (brakes)?

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Old 22 Mar 2014, 10:54 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tips on servicing my '98 Camry (brakes)?

I recently acquired this vehicle. I took it to a Toyota dealer and they said I have a small oil leak ($185). They said my battery was bad ( I checked said it was fine). They said my brake pads were at 6mm which is 50% life left. (Resurface brakes=$120). ( I have had vibrating when braking).































Today I went to my local mechanic, highly rated on google 40 reviews with 4.9 stars so I figured he'd be reputable.































He said my battery is fine. The oil leak was right ($80). Also said I need new spark plugs? So totaled fix oil leak and plugs=$130. They said my front brakes are at 4mm and 3mm and I should just get new brake pads and rotors. He said resurfacing them will just cause me problems later. He said new front brake pads and rotors would be $275. Lastly, he said my air filter was dirty and said I could prob fix that myself.































So after that what should I do.. Seems odd about the two different brake suggestions. The oil leak sounds good to fix with the mechanic. Any questions I should ask him to ensure he is doing good, honest work?































Thanks any help is appreciated.
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Old 22 Mar 2014, 11:25 am   #2 (permalink)
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when did u have the brakes last done? That should tell you something.
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dealers will always charge you 3 times as much
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Old 22 Mar 2014, 11:55 am   #4 (permalink)
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With the brakes it is normally a good idea to replace the rotors at the same time as the pads. It used to be that you would just turn the rotors between brake jobs but with the price of rotors these days it is just worth replacing them than turning them. The oil leak price sounds good. The spark plugs it all depends on how many miles you have on the car. normally you change the plugs every 70000 to 80000 miles. I have seen some people go over a 150000 miles on one set of plugs. (that is not recommended). The price of 130 for oil leak and spark plugs is not a bad deal. Hope this helps
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Old 22 Mar 2014, 12:09 pm   #5 (permalink)
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The second guy was honest and gave it to you strait up, those chain stores always make it up as they go.
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