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1997 Toyota Camry Question: Steering Rack leaks and rear main seal

 

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Rozena2, 3.0L V6, Winston Salem, NC, April 14, 2009, 07:53
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My mechanic said this work needed to be done to my car. I took my car in b/c it was losing anti freeze, they said that I had a crack in the radiator and replaced it. Soon after an oil change I noticed a leak of oil and this is when they said that I needed all of this work.

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 15, 2009, 00:21
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    Toyotas are a great car and I would not hesitate to recommend buying one to anyone, The top tank of the radiator is made of plastic and I have seen them fail but no more frequently than any other manufacturer.
    The power steering pump and high pressure hoses fail a little more frequently than other makes of cars. Steering racks leak oil if the steering rack boots have been ripped for a while and have be neglected. If the boots are not replaced when they get ripped dirt gets in the rack and damages the seals.
    The valve cover gaskets, distributor O ring also leak and it is possible the rear main seal leaks. Ask the repair shop to prioritize the repairs and ask how urgently the rear main seal need to be replaced.

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