Brought the car in today. He said that he can't replicate the metal whirling sound on a road test. He looked at the bearing and it looks fine. And that the vibrating when braking is due to a "portation" ! In the rotor. He insists this isn't his problem, suggesting that when I had the brakes done (at another garage 6 months ago) they installed a defective part. He advised taking the car back to them. And said that there is nothing wrong with the axel he installed and the rotor was not damaged during the installation. He also said, I'm not doing any additional damage by driving the car. Since the vibration from the rotor is slight and since the only solution is to replace it, he suggested just driving the car unless/until it gets worse.
I'm annoyed because I was having NO problems with the car until the guy at Jiffy Lube told me the that the axel boot had ruptured and needed to be replaced. When I brought it in to have the "boot" replaced, he told me the whole axel had to be replaced (which may or may not have been true) and now I have a new axel which makes a metal whirling sound from time to time and uneven brakes (which I didn't have before). In sum, didn't know I had any problems. But in the process of getting the boot fixed, I introduced two new problems, which do annoy me when I drive.
Bottom line: I don't know enough about cars to argue effectively with this guy. I'll have to shop around to find a mechanic that I feel I can trust and go there with the next repair. Car has 100,000. Figure I should just drive it till it get to expensive to maintain.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 AT 1:46 PM