Took my car in for the old 48 point inspection yesterday. Several items
of note came up:
1. Left rear upper arm - bushings are worn.
Does it make sense to replace the whole part? or just the bushings? After
looking at the shop manual, this doesn't seem like a very difficult job
either way, just have the right tools to press out and press in the
bushings would be important. What are the opinions out there?
2. Front right upper control arm - Ball joint loose
Funny thing is, I replaced this ball joint 2 years ago, not the control
arm just the ball joint. I will have to do an inspection of my own, but I
found out the parts are not nearly as expensive as they were 2 years ago,
it was $200 CAD for OEM and now its $118. Weird
3. Big dent in oil pan - oops, I guess thats from the time I smoked a big
piece of frozen dirt on a gravel road. They seemed concerned it would
interfere with the oil pickup, but its been like this for over 100000kms
with no apparent problems. When I get around to it, I will bang that dent
outta the oil pan while I am doing the oil pan seal.
Anyways, all told, the above equals about $200 CAD in parts from the
dealership. Not too bad I think.