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Took 05 equinox to shop for wheel bearing work and shop called and said center carrier bearing needed replaced immediately. 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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It does seem a little bit shady. They should have done a full diagnosis on the repairs that were needed and then gotten you're approval before they proceeded with the repairs. If you didn't give them approval to do all that work, then they did it at their own risk. In my opinion you should only pay them for what you approved them to work on. What a hassle...good luck with that.

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Drive Shaft Specialty Shop ,that repairs
& balances lots of things,not just driveshafts

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

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so I never recommend them for even a car wash

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