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I just got my front brakes replaced on my 2000 Toyota Camry. It has less than 80,000 miles on it. The mechanic said that there had been only 1/32nd" left on the front, but the back brakes were fine. However, there were a few other problems that came up. I would just like to know if what the mechanic said was just a way to get more money, or if there really is a potential problem. Here's what he said: Front & Rear Strut Replacement Rear brake clean and adjust Brake fluid flush Alignment Fuel Filter Fuel Injection Service So far, I have not noticed any noises nor any other problems with the struts. However, we're going on a 3,000 mile (round trip) trip this December, so I really need to know what may be necessary for safety.

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To test struts use your body weight to bounce the struts if the vehicle bounces up and down instead of stopping bouncing straight away they need replaceing.If rear brakes are drum brakes then wouldnt hurt to clean and adjust however when you reverse and use your brakes they normaly self adjust.If your brake pedal travel is excessive then adjustment is recomended.Brake fluid flush is done during a major service,check your owners manual at the service shedule to determine,There is a test tool called Vacular which tests the fluid.Alignment is required if you change the struts or your tyres are wearing badly or steering wheel shakes.An injector service is what?Throw a can/bottle of injector cleaner in the fuel tank next time you fill up.After 80,000 miles brake fluid flush is probably a good idea.Fuel filter should also be replaced if not done for 25,000.Good luck with the trip.

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Everything the mechanic suggested is right on target. Over time you do not realize that the ride of your car has deteriorated until you put on the new struts and the alignment is a must after the replacement of those struts. As far as the back brakes being good versus the front being worn out, the front brakes take a lot more abuse than the rears do to eight transfer upon braking.

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