Dear Scotty, As a follow up to my question recently. I…

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Dear Scotty, As a follow up to my question recently. I brought my car to the mechanic, and they saw ball joints as well as sway bars and control arm needed replacement on my 2006 Toyota Camry Le 36,000 miles. They quoted me a 1700 dollar repair bill, claiming it's a 6 hour job etc. So I only let them change the oil for 50 bucks. I went there to find the reason for the clunking sound. To make a long story short I went back to a different mechanic who I used years back with 50 years experience who checked with a pry bar that the left side was worse, and he changed the parts and labor for 600 dollars in three hours using Moog parts. Car sounds worse but suspension feels better. I hear like a rumble at times. Could it be a 13 year old car albeit only 36,000 miles having new parts on an older frame make odd noises? Would it get better? Should I take it to Toyota for a 150 dollar diagnostic fee. According to this mechanic he feels I over spent at least 2k with services at the previous mechanic. Thanks for any help.

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Car had small accidents years back in the rear, and was fixed ok by a relative who owned the car. Car seems perfect now. Catalytic converter is fine. According to my mechanic in Brooklyn ny of 55 years, sound travels. Though it was coming from front left coil spring, and not the catalytic converter towards the middle. Thanks again. I got my friends watching you regularly now as well.

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All in all I paid 1100 total for new control arms, ball joints, sway bars, and two new front struts, and alignment. Seems more reasonable than the other place I mentioned previously. That's NYC for you.

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Update.. Thanks to Scotty and everyone else's input. The noise that came after the new control arms with new sway bars, and new ball joints on my 2006 Toyota Camry with 36,000 miles was from the left strut coil spring. It seems new control arm accentuated the problem with the left strut. The struts were replaced in pairs of course. The other repairs were necessary of course control arm etc. I will stay with the mechanic I went to years ago. Small modest shop. The other very fancy shop wanted 1700 dollars to replace control arm. They charged me around that for the rack and pinion in 2015. The owner tries to say well the shop is very clean etc etc. I'm not having dinner in the shop. I over spent in my estimation at least 2-3 thousand the last 4 years at that shop. Never again.

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

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sounds like car was beaten badly previously or has been in a wreck. Have a real susp mechanic check that first