Fireball previously posted:
"I'm still a pain in the neck.... I mean... I still have pain in the neck.
It's been a LONG mess of recovery but I swore to avoid surgery, and I'm glad I did. I am much better than I was but I still have more to go. I'll get there!
Thank you for asking.
The camshaft seals ARE a big deal and that's why I was looking for other people to say they let it go also. It's said to be over 7-hours of wrenching just to replace those seals. I may try to tackle the timing belt/water pump repair on the side to save some money. It's a pretty straight forward service as long as you don't do the camshaft seals. You let yours go and that's how I'm leaning also.
I can't complain about the 4runner. She's been through hell and never skipped a beat. Take her out for cheap chinese food... and she leaks coolant everywhere. I get it... she's not a city girl, she likes the mountains...."
You'll get there! Avoiding surgery is a good thing. I've been living with ruptured discs in my back and shoulder's need rebuilding for years. No way I'll go under the knife unless things get really, really bad.
Yep on the camshaft seals being a big deal which is why I had them leave them alone. Once you open it up you're going to have to do the full job. Hell, my water pump lasted 196k, I'm sure that seal can last another 100k or so. If you call Ken's talk to Ryan and tell him Chris with the 4Runner sent you.