Originally Posted by driving90
Also, I've a friend who works at a mechanic shop that his dad runs (not sure if my friends ASE, I know his dad is). He said even though it clicks when turning, it should still be alright to use. On the other hand, looking around a few Subaru forums tells me that if I don't change the CV joint soon, i'll lose power to the axle and end up getting screwed over on the side of the road. Which is right--my friend or the forum?
Word of advice: Never bring your car to your friend who thinks he's a mechanic.
My friend followed the same advice from someone (i.e. "not to worry about it") when he had the same problem with his 90 Celica.
This was the same friend that I had picked up (along with his left wheel) from the Bklyn-Queens Expwy two weeks after I told him to replace it.
Listen to him and you might find yourself sitting in your car in the middle of the road with one of your front wheels rolling away from you like a broken toy car.
In regards to whether of not it's a CV joint, keep in mind that this is a FWD car.
It's common that where the CV joints are done, it's likely that the associated drive shaft might also be toast as well...
You might be better off just replacing the driveshaft and be done with it.
This way, once you're down there, you don't have to go back
Following the advice as per sampsongrsk, you will likely fare better doing this yourself over the weekend. Having a repair manual would be advisable if you're not familiar with the repair.
Haynes manual is Ok, but if you don't have one already, try to get your hands on a factory shop manual for the Camry. They are usually more details and you might find a deal from a reputable seller on Ebay. Definitely worth the money.
Hopes this helps and Good Luck!