I got a couple of new tires put on my car. They said that the right rear hub assembly needs to be replaced (bearing and seals). I asked how long it would last. He didn't know for sure. "What will happen if it just goes completely bad?" He said it could break and I could have a wobbly wheel. It wouldn't go flying off the car or anything, he said. I wasn't sure if he was full of it or not, so I held off. They wanted to charge me $180 just for the part. I called a parts store and found it for $73! I almost always buy parts from the store if I can, unless it's something cheap and I just want the convenience. Anyway, does this sound like something I should genuinely be concerned about? He also said the front rotors had grooves in them, as do the front brake pads, which is causing the noise I hear. "Are the brakes bad?" "No, it's just going to be annoying until you get it replaced." He said someone probably forgot to "turn" the rotors (smooth them down or something during a brake job) and now there is no way to get the grooves out - something like that. I figured as long as it's safe, I'll just deal with some occasional noise. He wanted to charge me over $230 for that, which included new pads. Does that explanation sound legitimate? Anyway, I'm not going to pay for it if it's not compromising the safety. If I sell it down the road, that's another matter. As far as the first thing - the hub assembly, I figured I would buy the part cheap at a store to save myself $100 and have somebody put it on IF they think it's necessary. Of course, if I ask them to look at it and tell me, of course they're going to say I need it. I've had many experiences with mechanics trying to sell me stuff I don't need. Let me know what you think. Thank you!
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 AT 3:24 PM