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Ok, so I took my 93 MX-6 LS into for a tune up and just to have it inspected by a Mazda specialist. Got new plugs, fuel filter and air filter.

Anyways, this is what they found that needed repairing:

1. New front stabilizer links
2. New inner tire rod ends
3. New (remanufactured) rack & pinion (if I get this, it comes with new inner tire rod ends, right?)
4. New valve cover gasket.
5. Need an alignment.

The front right side of the car is making a clicking noise whenever I go over bumps, I know it's not the CV joints, cause it does not make the clicking noise when I turn, I just got new ones too. The guy told me it was making that clicking noise because I need new front stabilizer links. (Is that why my alignment is off??) Also, I have a leak in my rack and pinion, it is VERY slowly leaking power steering fluid. That's not too bad though, he told me that if I constantly check the fluid level on a regular basis, and top it up when needed, it'll be OK. So, I also need new inner tire rod ends, (what the heck are those?? He said most places will not fix my alignment unless I get new ones.) He said it's best, that if I want to replace the inner tire rod ends, it's better that I get the whole rack and pinion because it comes with it, but I'm not sure if I want to buy the whole thing, it'll cost a lot of $$$ even it is remanufactured. And lastly, I need a new valve cover gasket because oil is slowly dripping into the spark plug area.
What should I do?? What is the most important? What can I put off? What don't I have to do? What can I do myself?? Please take into account that the car has 178,000 Km on it. Sorry this is so long, just that I am on a budget (He is asking approx. $1500 CDN to do all of the above) and I can't afford to spend that much right now, especially with 2 b-days coming up and Christmas too!!
 

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Oops.

Oops, sorry for the typo, I meant:

Tie rod ends, not TIRE rod ends.
 

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Valve Cover

If you have had any prior auto-repair experience, then you can replace the Valve Cover gasket easily. Take the valve cover(s) off and put the new one in. Check a repair manual whether or not you need some gasket glue (I forgot the proper name). Then rebolt the cover back on, tightly. This is the cheapest thing on your list though. I don't know much about the suspension and steering parts (new to this part of cars, I know my way around the engine however). Try and get a second opinion, for example go to a place that does tire alignment and ask what do they think. I'd say these are fairly important cuz, it has to do with alignment which will cost you tires and fuel. I wouldn't buy a new R&P unit cuz like you said they are very costly. The rods should be somewhat reasonable.

Hope this helps
 

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I agree with HurdDawg on the valve cover gasket. 1st of all, just keep an eye on your oil level (which you need to do that anyways). Unless it is leaking like a sift, that can be put off. But it is really easy to replace. It would take you an hour on a bad day. There are a couple of things to remember though.

1) Make sure once you pull the valve cover off, and get the gasket off, you clean the hell out of the surfaces that the gasket touches. That is on BOTH the Valve Cover, and the motor.

2) Also make sure you don't get dirt and stuff all in there while you've got it open.

3) Once you got the gasket back on (and do find out whether or not you need to silicon it or not-that is important), and you begin putting the valve cover back on, be very gentle. tighten all the bolts with your fingers first! Then carefully tighten each bolt, just a little at a time. Those valve covers are easy to bend, and you don't want that.

But it really is not a hard job. I assure you.

I don't know much about the suspension either, but get a 2nd opinion, even a 3rd wouldn't hurt. And try to get whoever looks at it to show you what they want to replace. Maybe you can replace some of the parts (save $$ in labor), and they can replace the harder ones and do the alignment.
 

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That's a lot of helpful tips. Thanks. My friend is going to get me my parts at NAPA for cost, so all I need to worry about it getting a quality mechanic.
 
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I also saw a mazda specialist for my 93. They told me I needed 5600.00 in repairs... wrong!! 1700.00
they told me I had a internal computer in my transmission (the brain) but I found out... on 4 cyl it's not! It's an external! Take it somewhere else! Be Wary of the theifs at Mazda!!
Christie and Patrick
 
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