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Old 18 Feb 2013, 07:09 pm
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Early last month I hit a pothole ever since then I have been paying out the butt for repairs. $100 tie rods both driver and passenger sides.
$130 for tires
$270 for CV axle
$380 for a complete set of new tires...

Now I have 2 leaks valve cover gaskets estimate $200. The other leak is the transmission side pan estimate unknown right now.

I keep telling myself its cheaper to repair it then replace it.
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Old 18 Feb 2013, 07:12 pm
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Please move to wheels, tires and suspension
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Old 19 Feb 2013, 02:01 am
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This many damage for a pothole ?
Was it a canyon ?
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Old 19 Feb 2013, 09:04 am
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Early last month I hit a pothole ever since then I have been paying out the butt for repairs. $100 tie rods both driver and passenger sides.
$130 for tires
$270 for CV axle
$380 for a complete set of new tires...

Now I have 2 leaks valve cover gaskets estimate $200. The other leak is the transmission side pan estimate unknown right now.

I keep telling myself its cheaper to repair it then replace it.
you spent $100 for 2 $12 tierods and $270 for a $60 axle. now you're debating spending $200 to change a $40 gasket. if i spent $570 to have $125 worth of parts installed i'd be frustrated too.

can you do any of the work yourself? you could be saving tons. i put a tierod on my mothers caravan last week and i spent more time checking the fluids and air pressure than changing the part. literally took under 10 minutes. the CV you had changed was a big nut and the little nut on the balljoint. that's also a 10 minute job. the valvecover is easy work if you take your time. the 160 you save could easily make up for a little swearing.
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Old 19 Feb 2013, 11:09 am
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you spent $100 for 2 $12 tierods and $270 for a $60 axle. now you're debating spending $200 to change a $40 gasket. if i spent $570 to have $125 worth of parts installed i'd be frustrated too.

can you do any of the work yourself? you could be saving tons. i put a tierod on my mothers caravan last week and i spent more time checking the fluids and air pressure than changing the part. literally took under 10 minutes. the CV you had changed was a big nut and the little nut on the balljoint. that's also a 10 minute job. the valvecover is easy work if you take your time. the 160 you save could easily make up for a little swearing.
Ditto to this ^^^. If you have any mechanical sense at all, you could easily fix those things yourself. I just did my cv axle this weekend and it took literally 15 minutes, and that was only because I was being really careful.

Do the transmission pan yourself if you can. $40 (about) for a new pan (also replace the filter ($15-ish) while you're at it), some ATF+4 trans fluid (about $6/qt), and an hour or two and you can save yourself big money. I bought a pan and filter myself last week but haven't done it yet. I got tired of paying a shop $60/hr labor and 15% markup on parts when I can do it myself for the cost of a few Advil/beers.

Oh, and valve cover gaskets, especially if you have a non-turbo, are really easy as well. I did mine last year and I believe the parts were about $20, and it took about 30 minutes.... I'd offer to assist if you didn't live 9 hours away.

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Old 22 Feb 2013, 01:17 pm
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Here's an update.. Turned out no transmission leak. The shop that did the CV axle messed something up. I called them and they know the car will be there in the morning.
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