Our vehicle has a very loud squeaky noise from the front suspension when driven over bumps. The noise is really loud and bad when the car is cold. After doing some research, it sounds like either the front end bushings or ball joints. We decided to take it to Firestone and have it looked at. Cost us $23.00 for the mechanic to tell and show us that the front end bushings are cracked. The ball joints are good and the lower arms are good. Prior to taking it to Firestone, we took it to Midas, thinking it was the shocks or struts. Midas said they were all good, no problems but he did not know what was causing the "squeaky" noise.
The mechanic at Firestone gave us two options. The first was to replace the front end bushings, front end lower arms, front struts and shocks all for about $1,800.00. He recommended us replacing the struts and shocks because the bushings and arms were going to be replace.
The second option is to replace the two bushings and the two lower arms, all for about $900.00. He said he just cannot replace the bushings, stating that the lower arms need to be replaced with the bushings.
My question is; Are the mechanics quotes pretty close to what work will be performed. Seemed a bit high. We are shying away from a Hyundai dealership because we feel that we were "jobbed" the last time we brought the car in for repairs. Honestly, we are not happy with this car. Should we go through a dealership to get it fixed? The mechanic told us that since it was just the bushings causing the noise, it was not a safety issue at this time. Is this true because our son uses the car for college. Thanks for your time.
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 AT 8:33 PM