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

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?

by in Lexington, NC on May 06, 2013
2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on May 07, 2013
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
ANSWER by on May 07, 2013
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.
COMMENT by on May 07, 2013
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.