My opel made a "release bearing" noise when I release the clutch, a type of grinding noise. Took it to repair place, was charged R5100 (around 660 USD, I'm in south africa), because the release bearing, clutch and pressure plate was replaced. After the parts were in they took it for a test drive, and in not even 15 meters (less than a mile, around.009 miles) something broke that made a whole in the sump, they thought it was the gearbox, but it turned out that it was a crown wheel bearing that collapsed, based on further investigation, after removing and stripping gearbox (for which I was charged aswell).
Repairs was done, mechanic said its not their fault. I don't know a lot about car workings in general, but would really really appreciate some advise or comments to clear things up. Was it their fault or could it just have happened anyway, a technical specialist was called in who said the gearbox is in perfect condition.
Currently I'm being charged an additional R5700 (around 799usd) for the replacement of crown wheel bearings.
Please any input greatly appreciated.
Monday, October 31st, 2011 AT 6:19 PM