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Various Issues - Hub, Brakes, Sway Bar Etc. Etc.

I just returned from a routine oil change and 23 point check up for my 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I am mechanically challenged so I was given the following information and quote on various items that the jeep needs. 1) Right Front Hub - $550 - 2) Rear Brakes - Contaminated with Oil from Seals - $463 - 3) Rear Sway Bar Links worn - $232 - 4) Front sway bar bushings worn $190 - 5) Thermostat leaking $198 - Then two additional items covered under warrant - Fron pinion seal and left and right axle seals leaking. Needless to say I was not too thrilled with the $1,700 estimate. I have never really cared for the vehicle which we purchased about three years ago and I now I am faced with this bill. I am up in the air on what to do in terms of the repairs. Has anyone heard of these issues or have a new estimate? I am debating looking into a new vehicle but would like some feedback first. Thank you, Randall

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  • randalllyons Mar 01, 2009

    I figured this was certainly I high estimate as we went to the dealer for the special. I will more than likely try to get another quote

  • randalllyons Mar 01, 2009

    I realized the quote was high as I went back to the dealer to take advantage of the oil change and inspection special. I will more than likely get another estimate but honestly I have never even heard of the Sway Bar and I thought the Brakes and Hub were also extremely high priced. In terms of your question I do not think I need rear axle seals yet but who knows. Thank you for the input.

  • wmitchbow Mar 26, 2009

    I have a 2004 Grand with 48K and experienced the same problems. The car failed inspection today because of a leak in passenger's side rear wheel seal, requiring replacement of e-brake shoes, and one rear sway bar link being loose. The estimate was $200 for the seal, $116 for the one link, and $185 for the e-brakes. They also suggested replacement of the rear brakes for $330, brake fluid flush for $130, rear shocks for $260 and power steering fluid flush for $110. I think they assumed I had access to federal stimulus money and was willing to support the retention of their jobs. Sadly, I don't and can't. I will be doing the required work this weekend.

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You need to get another estimate from an honest private shop. These #s sound very high. I have never seen even a mercedes therm cost $198...is it the gold & platinum one you can wear as jewlery after you are done with it in the car? If I have time later, I'm going to look up parts prices and post them. Also if front axle seals are warranty, why not rears?

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