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Is this normal or am I just unlucky?

Hello everyone,

Yes, this is a rant post, sorry.

I have a 2009 Camry SE V6 I bought new in Feb. 2009. I've been the only owner and have had all service done at my local Toyota dealership. The car has been great, with no issues, until recently, where everything is going wrong all at once.

At 92K miles, the water pump had to be replaced as it started leaking. This was almost $1k at my Toyota dealership.

At 95K miles the car developed a high pitched chirp when idle. The dealership said it is the alternator pulley, and the alternator needs to be replaced for $900. I decided to wait as the alternator was still putting out over 14v. If it got much louder, I would replace it.

At 96K miles I took the car in for an oil change and now the dealership says my steering rack is leaking power steering fluid. The power steering works just fine. They want $1700 to replace the steering rack.

They also pointed out that my passenger axle boot is leaking fluid. They want $500 to replace that.


So I am looking at over $3k in repairs for my car all of a sudden at just 96K miles. I have a 1999 Tacoma V6 4x4 5MT TRD Offroad with nearly 300K miles and less issues than my Camry.

Because of this, I am planning on selling my Camry and putting the money into upgrading my truck.

Did I just get very unlucky with all of these problems all at once?

Anyone in San Antonio wantung to buy a 2009 Camry SE V6 with moderate hail damage? 😄


Thank you for reading this far,
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  • Rear pads replaced due to factory error (TSB)
  • Right axle replaced due to damaged boot
  • Engine rebuild due to oil consumption (TSB under warranty)
Currently under 102,000 miles, no issues. All work done has been aftermarket "upgrades".

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Not uncommon for" leaks" to appear in 10 year old Camry especially water pump/power steering/axle.
Dealer are pro active when they see a small spot of fluid.
Doesn't mean it has to be attended to immediately. Such is the water pump which can weep a bit of coolant for a few years before needing to be replaced.
Same goes for power steering. If reservoir is only going down fractions of an inch you may put it on hold by flush/refill.
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Lol. Flush the P/S fluid with MaxLife, it may stop the leaks. Replace both rack boots as once they start soaking they're going to rip soon. $500 is asinine for that; pop tie rods, remove outer tie rods, replace boots, reverse to install, get toe-and-go alignment.

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You can go to local shop for much cheaper price or you can buy OEM part and ask them to do it. After my car out of warranty, I avoided to use toyota dealer service.
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Thank you everyone for the replies. Makes me feel a bit better.

I think I am going to keep the Camry for now and start upgrades on my truck, that way I have a second vehicle to drive while my truck is getting worked on. I plan on taking it to a local 4x4 shop for all the work (they've done some work in the past, and charged a very fair price). If I run out of money while fixing and upgrading the truck, I'll sell the Camry.
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The steering rack on our Sienna has been leaking for 6 years and 100k miles. Just a drop here or there, barely enough to register on the ground every other month and mostly juts keep the boots wet on the bottom. Just watch the fluid level and you'll probably never have to replace anything.
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Hello everyone,
At 95K miles the car developed a high pitched chirp when idle. The dealership said it is the alternator pulley, and the alternator needs to be replaced for $900. I decided to wait as the alternator was still putting out over 14v. If it got much louder, I would replace it.
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$900!!! Wow that is a ripoff., a new alternator is like $130 and it takes like 30 minutes to replace. The pulley comes with the new alternator...

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Yeah, dealer markups are obscene. Price out a Denso (OEM) alternator on rockauto.

You should get the CV axle replaced. It’s considered a safety issue and some states fail you during safety inspections.

A new aftermarket Cardone Select is cheap on rockauto, and comes with a lifetime warranty. I’d keep the OEM axle if it’s not damaged and reboot that. That’s what I prefer anyway, but doesn’t sound like you do your own work at all.

If you can do your own repairs you can literally save thousands.
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Your car is 10 years old, rubber seals will wear no matter the mileage. Learn to fix some of these items yourself or start paying a trustworthy mechanic to address them when needed. To me dealer prices are just a tad to high for some of these simpler items.

i have 2009 Camry LE bought with 60K miles, 100K now. Ive had it 1.5 years, replaced both CV Axles, pads and rotors, drive belts, and have yet to fix tired engine mount, and leaking oil pan gasket. All these items are the rubber just showing its age.

The trick is monitoring the problems and judging when to do the work.
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I'll give you 3K for the car, sight unseen. : )

The chirp could be the alternator ADP pulley or the pulley bearing. I suspect the ADP pulley - our ADP pulley seized at 140K and fried the alternator. Gates recommends replacing it at 100K, but you will not see the ADP pulley mention in your vehicle maintenance schedule. Bad on Toyota/Lexus for this.

Leaking steering rack. Does the reservoir routinely require topping off? If not, it's probably just some fluid seeping past the gaskets and will be OK. ATP AT-205 is a good additive to stop leaks in all oil systems except hydraulics, like the brake system. Can stop leaks in transmission, engine, power steering, differentials, etc...

Axle boot - same as above, but if it is torn, the AT-205 can't help with that. CV axle grease may spill out and eventually lead to CV Shaft failure. But, replacing the shaft is nowadays recommended over repairing a torn CV boot. A new Cardone shaft costs $65, and comes with a boot. If the tear is small, you can seal the tear with silicone.

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