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We took our 05 equinox to the shop for rear wheel bearing replacements, the owner of the shop called and said the center carrier bearing was really really bad and he could replace it. We said ok to the agreed amount, he said he would have to take it to another shop to get it off but the shop couldn't do it and that he would have to order a new one and be delayed another day. Today he called and said we need a new drive shaft for $1100.00 as a result of the attempted carrier bearing replacement, he broke something and wants me to pay for the shaft, my question is, what could he have broke and my research concludes this center carrier bearing can be replaced without buying a new drive shaft?

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  • 2hhico May 28, 2011

    he told me that he would change it for $64 labor and $150 for the driveshaft shop, then he said took it to the shaft shop and they both were taking it apart and the shaft shop said they couldn't do it, so the owner called and said the shaft shop couldn't do it and that he was going to get a new carrier bearing from the dealer and we would have it back the next day by closing time... then he called the next morning and said there was a problem because the center carrier bearing was welded on and can't be replaced and need a new drive shaft and that our drive shaft was in pieces on the shop floor, he said it was broken, i to;d him that i would pay for the wheel bearings he replaced plus labor but i wanted him to put the drive shaft back on the car the way it was when i brought it in to him, he saqid he couldn't but could tow it to me, i said i'd call him back. He called me back and said it would take a new u-joint to put it back together and he could do that and that would get it back to where it was when i drove it in to him? does this make sense? i am not pleased with the outcome so far, i feel that he didn't do his homework before he dug into the job, and never did he mention the possibillity of a drive shaft replacement being a worse case senario at $1151

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That work should ONLY be done by a
Drive Shaft Specialty Shop ,that repairs
& balances lots of things,not just driveshafts

I will agree with you, as I don't know

But a dealer will sell you the whole deal,
so I never recommend them for even a car wash

There may be,just saying,don't know, a very few that
can't be repaired.

I would pick it up & personally take it to a driveshaft
shop & not pay anything for that part of the work
agreed to.

I never had those issues when i had my trans shop,
because I followed my rules & I was a machinist
before, so there isn't much I can't do

Flywheel,Clutch &Driveshaft Balancing & tire
mounting I personally take out of shop & stand by
to see the work getting done.

Posted on May 28, 2011

  • 2hhico May 28, 2011

    he told me that he would change it for $64 labor and $150 for the driveshaft shop, then he said took it to the shaft shop and they both were taking it apart and the shaft shop said they couldn't do it, so the owner called and said the shaft shop couldn't do it and that he was going to get a new carrier bearing from the dealer and we would have it back the next day by closing time... then he called the next morning and said there was a problem because the center carrier bearing was welded on and can't be replaced and need a new drive shaft and that our drive shaft was in pieces on the shop floor, he said it was broken, i to;d him that i would pay for the wheel bearings he replaced plus labor but i wanted him to put the drive shaft back on the car the way it was when i brought it in to him, he saqid he couldn't but could tow it to me, i said i'd call him back. He called me back and said it would take a new u-joint to put it back together and he could do that and that would get it back to where it was when i drove it in to him? does this make sense? i am not pleased with the outcome so far, i feel that he didn't do his homework before he dug into the job, and never did he mention the possibillity of a drive shaft replacement being a worse case senario at $1151

  • Anonymous May 28, 2011

    I'am glad not to be the merchant
    I have been in some bad situations
    & in court & won them all,but unpleasant
    I think what he said made sense. BUT you
    will not have anything but pieces of the old drive shaft
    He can not put back what was broken at the
    other shop. I hope you know your on your own
    to by & install a $1000 new shaft. He will
    toe you vehicle home for free,but you can't
    use it. Basically your both agreeing to go your
    own way under the best of all solutions

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