Question about 2005 Toyota Camry Solara
I took my 2005 Toyota Camry to the dealer for routine maintenance today, and they called me back saying my front control arm bushings are tearing out. The guy I talked to said one bushing has already torn out, and that I should have this repaired ASAP for $900, plus an alignment thereafter. The car has just over 50,000 miles on it, and I haven't had any major problems with it to date. Is this a common problem, in a Toyota with 50,000 miles on it, even if the roads where I live generally have a lot of potholes (which I avoid as much as possible when driving)? In addition, I'm told that my front outer brake pads are sticking, so the inner pads are wearing faster than the outer pads, and to repair this would be $320. They would also like to clean and adjust my back brakes for $66. I just recently moved, so this is the first time I've worked with this dealer before. Was just told that I had to replace control arms or my car would not pass NH state inspection. Only has 53,000 miles on it but the service tech blamed the New England winters and said that I would be replacing them again in another 3-4 years! $1300 later...
Aside from the bushings, the remainder sounds like semi-valid "busy work"... If you are at all mechanical, you can do the entire job far cheaper than the dealer is going to charge you....Pads...tops $40, clean and lube slides 10 minutes while you are there, Clean rear brakes...pretty much unnecessary but do it if you want (they have self adjusters) Bushings...If available individually, not more than $50... if on complete arms, likely about $350-400.. Bushings are pretty much "bull work" but you have to know what you are doing to get them out and back in without damaging arm.Most of what they are quoting is labor time.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
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