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Old 01-24-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
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I had my car serviced yesterday and told them there is spotty leakage on my garage floor and occasionally a 50 cent size wet oil spot. They say the oil pan gasket and steering rack need replacing. Also the left front cv boot is broken and they suggested 2 options, replace the boot or replace the whole axle.
Are you able to estimate how long I have before I have to have the work done or would you say do it right now? $235 gasket $1000 steering r $300
and alignment $90 Replace boot or whole axle? (same cost)
121,447 miles and due for 30,000 maintenance
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i would say the bonneville is one of the easiest cars to work on, if you have a little handy-ness i would tackle it yourself. i got the new style felpro oil pan gasket for less than 50. the axle is hard to tell because you dont know how long ago it opened and how much grease is gone, that being said im sure you can get a whole new one for less than 90 and they just pop out once you get the hub out. i cant believe what they want for the rack either.
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I'm with Justin on this one. These are easy repairs if you have any mechanical knowledge (and tools). I would replace the half shaft if the boot is torn. They are not expensive. I did a write up on changing them I will look for if you decide to do it yourself.
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I'm listening. These are dealer prices.
There are 2 more shops I go to so armed with info from you I will check with them re cost.
I am not handy and don't want to be! No place to work on car either. My children and son in law don't have time to help.
Thanks for the help.
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well have it estimated by a smaller local owned shop and dont tell them what the stealer said because they get paid more for how many jobs they can do on your car. a reasonable mechanic will know the bonnie is easy to work on and will likely be half of those rates
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Janet, it doesn't sound like any of this needs to be repaired immediately. Put some cardboard on the garage floor and you are probably okay until summer.
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