Leaking valve cover gaskets/leaking CV boots
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    Leaking valve cover gaskets/leaking CV boots

    If my valve cover gasket is leaking, but not enough to actually leave a drop of oil on the ground, does it need to be replaced? The dealership quoted me $260 to replace it. Also my dealership said the CV boots are slinging grease and they recomend replacing the front axle for a little over $800. Will the slinging grease really cause that big of a problem to warrant replacing the axle? This is the first nice car I have owned so I'm trying to keep it well maintained, but I want to make sure I'm not getting taken.

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    You can shop around for the valve cover gasket and get a better price. If it doesn't drip yet you can wait too.

    The CV boots are a more serious matter but it's complicated. As long as they are slinging grease, it means they still have grease to sling. This in turns often means the axle isn't ruined and replacing the boots will have you on your way. This is where things get complicated though. The dealer's price is outrageous for a single axle, very expensive for two if we're talking about replacing the axles as a unit. If we're talking about replacing the boots on the existing axles, it's also a very expensive price.

    Now, you can go somewhere else to have the axles done, but DO NOT use aftermarket axles or boots. Each axle has two boots; if the shop you pick is going to replace the boots, have them use Subaru authentic boots and bands. If the shop is going to replace the axles, USE SUBARU AXLES (not aftermarket).

    There is one exception, and I will try to find the link with the info of a trusted aftermarket axle brand. If I do I will edit this post to show you the link.

    EDIT: OK read this thread, and see post 9 for a link to the one known source of good aftermarket axles. I think that firm basically rebuilds authentic Subaru units but am unsure, as I've not used them personally (I changed all four boots, two each on each of my axles instead).

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    Thanks for the info!

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