Just finished replacing the driver's side axle shaft/cv joints, struts, strut mounts and spring seats. I was going to replace the passenger axle but someone, probably the dealership I bought it from had apparently just changed out one side. I want to thank all who posted about the axle change out procedures and note that it was easier than changing the spring seats for me. Thanks to those who posted pictures.
On to my new question. I found that I have an oil leak on the front of the motor. I have not pulled the covers off and done a cleaning to determine the culprit, but it does have 123,000 miles on it. Thus my question, how long do timing belts, tensionors, and water pumps generally last on the 2.5 liter turbos? If I am looking at having to replace one seal I will probably replace them all (save the rear main, I am not a masochist), and if I am going to do that, then a new water pump, tensionors and timing belt will go on too. The leak is not bad for now, so I might live with it for a while before doing the front reseal/timing belt change out.
I appreciate anyones advice on this,
P.S.-One more question. Posts on front end problems have given me a good idea of what to expect, watch out for and replace, but I have not seen enough to get an idea of when problems start occuring with the rear suspension. Would apprciate comments on that as well.
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