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2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Question: I was quoted $550 to replace the pitman arm, the idler arm and bracket, and...

 

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aprilrob14, Lexington, NC, May 06, 2013, 20:50
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an alignment. Does this sound right? I am not thinking so at all. Especially when I am finding a pitman arm alone for only around $40 bucks and the estimate says $80 and the labor cost is $250 for two and one half hours which this is only about an hours worth of work. I may be a disabled woman, but I haven't been disabled long and I sure as hell haven't always been called a "lolie" woman; a tough SOB yes, but not delicate and naive. I worked on small engines myself and these people were trying to pull my chain, or cane I should say :) any thoughts? Oh, and also,I wasn't even sure if this was the problem: the guys that replaced my transmission I found out ended up joy riding in my truck for over 150 miles and this noise (like a slight roaring coming from right under the hump in the floor board in center toward front) was not there until AFTER I picked my truck up so I assumed it was the transmission and had taken it back the next day where I was told it was a bad wheel bearing which was bull because I knew better for one, and for two, they had already been replaced. Could a wheel bearing had even made a roaring sound where I am talking about anyways? Did he think I am that stupid? Any thoughts?

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    goodguy May 07, 2013, 03:25
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    I would it to another shop and get a second opinion.A lot of times they check the idler arm for play but dont realize that it has play in it when it is new

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    globalhelper May 07, 2013, 06:10
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    YOU CAN ALWAYS BUY CHEAP PARTS. WHEN IT COMES TO STEERING I ALWAYS REPL WITH THE BEST MONEY CAN BUY YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. THINK ABOUT THAT.

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    aprilrob14, May 07, 2013, 18:38
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    ah, yeah, I do "think" about that guy... I wasn't necessarily talking about how much parts cost, I was asking if these guys were trying to screw me or not. I know full well, when and when not to pay for the "good" parts as opposed to cutting the corners and paying a little less. My problem here is, I just had my transmission rebuilt and the guys took my truck on a 150 mile joyride for two weeks while I was gathering the money and flat out lied to me about how far they drove my truck. SO yeah, I've been screwed over a bit lately and I'm having a bit of a problem with trusting mechanics right now. So now I'm suing them, and trading in the truck but I need to know some answers on these issues because I am doing research for my case. So next time, you can save the smart as% answer for someone that wants to hear it.

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