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Rear Axle Bushing?

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My mom just called me from the dealership...she brought her '95 LS400 in to get timing belt replaced (and water pump and all that good stuff that goes with it)...it has 91,000 miles

They told her the "rear axle bushing" needs to be replaced and quoted her $400 for that.

What does this problem entail? and is that the usual price for something like that?

Thanks

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My dealer had quoted me $260 for that job. It sounds to me like one of those "we can sell more if we just tell them they need it" kind of thing. I had no symptoms. I'll bet Mom didn't, either.

Joe

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well you never know because one day my car started to pulsate really bad while braking and when i pulled out the bushing it could be separated by hand meaning broken! what the dealer does is probably puts it on the lift and gets a pry bar to try and lift the rear hub to see if there is play and if there is more than what the manual specifies then they tell you it needs to be changed. if your in doubt of the dealer ask them to show you the old bushing after they change it if its not worn you can do what ever you can to not pay. and if you dont change it because you dont think anything is wrong then this could lead to more severe problems, un even and accelerated tire wear pulling to one side...etc..

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The dealer can pull out some old parts from other vehicles and told you that it came off from your car. The best way is ask them to show you the problem before they've done any work on it, in that way you really know that the bad part is there on your car.

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my bad yes you should ask before hand but i dont think the dealer needs to lie about anything.

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Are you sure it's not the rear knuckle bushings? The bushings on the Ls400 goes out all the time.....

JPI

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