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2000 Solara

Orange, TX

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My car has 246,000 miles so I know I'm getting to the stage that some of the suspension could be needing some attention. My car has original struts and the brake pads are fine. The tires don't have feathering so I'm thinking it's time to replace some wheel bearings. Can they be greased or are they sealed?

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I have owned a 1998 Toyota Camry and still own a 2000 Solara. Both cars as well as Toyotas friends have tend to develop oils leaks around the cam covers. On a V-6 engine, the front cam cover gasket is easy to replace but the back cam cover is more difficult and requires removal of the intake manifold. The gaskets are only about $20 but labor will probably run you over $100 if you have a shop do the job. I recommned replacing the seals if you plan to keep the car...the smell will get inside the cabin when you pull up to a redlight. If you choose not to do the job, just keep an eye on the oil level but leakage is really very minimal in most cases. A little oil can make a lot of smell and smoke!

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