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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi:

A friend's 1988 Toyota Camry has what I think is a broken front CV
joint.

Can anyone recommend a local repair shop in Raleigh or Cary?

The car is in west Raleigh, near Cary, at the moment. This Camry has
184,000+ miles on it and has automatic transmission.

Using Google to look at old posts, I see these recommendations for Cary
and Raleigh:

Cary Car Care
Phil's Toy Store
Tao Auto
Thompson Automotive
QualityPlus Automotive

Any comments or suggestions?

Please post comments to the group so everyone can benefit from your
comments. Thank you in advance for your comments!
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
[email protected] wrote:
> Hi:
>
> A friend's 1988 Toyota Camry has what I think is a broken front CV
> joint.
>
> Can anyone recommend a local repair shop in Raleigh or Cary?
>
> The car is in west Raleigh, near Cary, at the moment. This Camry has
> 184,000+ miles on it and has automatic transmission.
>
> Using Google to look at old posts, I see these recommendations for Cary
> and Raleigh:
>
> Cary Car Care
> Phil's Toy Store
> Tao Auto
> Thompson Automotive
> QualityPlus Automotive


One more place I've seen recommended in the groups:

Metric Motors

> Any comments or suggestions?
>
> Please post comments to the group so everyone can benefit from your
> comments. Thank you in advance for your comments!
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
On 23 Jan 2006 05:47:27 -0800, [email protected] wrote:
>[email protected] wrote:


>> A friend's 1988 Toyota Camry has what I think is a broken front CV
>> joint. Can anyone recommend a local repair shop in Raleigh or Cary?
>>
>> The car is in west Raleigh, near Cary, at the moment. This Camry has
>> 184,000+ miles on it and has automatic transmission.


Well, someone in the local triangle.general group might know about
good area shops in North Carolina. But you do realize when you added
the crosspost to alt.autos.toyota it goes worldwide, right...?

It might help if you describe the exact signs and symptoms that the
car is showing. There are several Toyota trained technicians hanging
out here that can confirm your suspicions - or it could be something
totally different.

(Example: If it crunches/groans but only while going into a
driveway or cycling the front suspension with the steering wheel
cranked hard over to one side, that's the steering stop bolts. The
replacement nylon caps are a few bucks, a dab of grease on the stop
bolt heads is almost free.)

That way when you walk into a local shop you have a better idea of
how it works and what may be wrong, and they can't try to sell you
unnecessary repairs on a system that isn't causing the problem.

Can the car be driven at all? (If not, and the axle shaft is
dangling down loose on one side, that's what I'd call a sign...) ;-)

If it's ticking, popping, clanging, squealing - exactly when?
Coasting or under load? Only in a turn?

--<< Bruce >>--

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Bruce L. Bergman, Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) CA - Desktop
Electrician for Westend Electric - CA726700
5737 Kanan Rd. #359, Agoura CA 91301 (818) 889-9545
Spamtrapped address: Remove the python and the invalid, and use a net.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Bruce L. Bergman wrote:
> On 23 Jan 2006 05:47:27 -0800, [email protected] wrote:
> >[email protected] wrote:

>
> >> A friend's 1988 Toyota Camry has what I think is a broken front CV
> >> joint. Can anyone recommend a local repair shop in Raleigh or Cary?
> >>
> >> The car is in west Raleigh, near Cary, at the moment. This Camry has
> >> 184,000+ miles on it and has automatic transmission.

>
> Well, someone in the local triangle.general group might know about
> good area shops in North Carolina. But you do realize when you added
> the crosspost to alt.autos.toyota it goes worldwide, right...?


Yes, I do know that my crossposting would be seen by many folks. I
posted to both newsgroups because my Google searches showed that in the
past, local Toyota owners were posting there about local repair shops
in my area.

Anyway, based on what I found in Google searches of both newsgroups, I
decided to go with Phil's Toy Store. Thanks to all for your comments!

> It might help if you describe the exact signs and symptoms that the
> car is showing. There are several Toyota trained technicians hanging
> out here that can confirm your suspicions - or it could be something
> totally different.
>
> (Example: If it crunches/groans but only while going into a
> driveway or cycling the front suspension with the steering wheel
> cranked hard over to one side, that's the steering stop bolts. The
> replacement nylon caps are a few bucks, a dab of grease on the stop
> bolt heads is almost free.)
>
> That way when you walk into a local shop you have a better idea of
> how it works and what may be wrong, and they can't try to sell you
> unnecessary repairs on a system that isn't causing the problem.


Actually, it's not my car. I've only driven it across a parking lot to
get it behind the tow truck. All I can say is that it makes clunking
noises on the the left front side when driven. The brake and suspension
on that wheel appear to be OK and the wheel is bolted on correctly and
securely. Another friend removed the wheel from the car and made the
diagnosis of the broken CV joint.

> Can the car be driven at all?


A little bit, but the clunking sound is loud enough to be distracting.
I'm no expert, but it appears to be the CV joint or something
connecting the transmission to the wheel that's causing the problem.
Anyway, I'm trusting the mechanics to sort it out.

Again, thanks to everyone for your comments! If I have further
questions, I'll post again.

> (If not, and the axle shaft is
> dangling down loose on one side, that's what I'd call a sign...) ;-)
>
> If it's ticking, popping, clanging, squealing - exactly when?
> Coasting or under load? Only in a turn?
>
> --<< Bruce >>--
>
> --
> Bruce L. Bergman, Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) CA - Desktop
> Electrician for Westend Electric - CA726700
> 5737 Kanan Rd. #359, Agoura CA 91301 (818) 889-9545
> Spamtrapped address: Remove the python and the invalid, and use a net.
 
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