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My mechanic says I need a new axle?

I had an accident. The front left wheel hit a guardrail and bent the control arm and broke stabilizer link. Mechanic said I also needed an axle. He said he could get it rebuilt for a few hundred dollars. I knew a guy at Nissan and got one for $400 and said i would rather have new than save a few dollars. I asked him what was wrong with old axle; it didn‘t look bent, just some scratches. He never drove the car so he could only tell by looking. I‘m wondering if he was intending to just leave old axle and say he rebuilt it. Hope I didn‘t’t have to buy a new axle for nothing.

Answer:

Ask him how he diagnosed a bad axle. The axle would most likely be bent if damaged in an accident. He may have measured a deflection with a dial indicator on the hub before he removed the axle - but he needs to explain to you how he did it. When you have a mechanic install any parts, ask him for the old parts, that way you are reasonably sure he actually replaced the parts.
May 28, 2018
just because it doesn't look bent doesn't mean it isn't because even if it is just a tinny bit can cause it to be un balanced and cause it to vibrate when you are driving down the road also it can cause excess wear and tear on it
May 28, 2018
This one is easy, get a second opinion. Best answer hands down.
May 28, 2018
well it depend's on your speed i guess wether or not you need to push the clutch in or not but if coming to a complete stop i would pull the clutch in and brake when needed but as far as knowing when to pull your clutch in really depend's on the speed and gear your in
May 28, 2018
Consider the clutch as your 3rd brake. It will actually help you to stop sooner, if you stay away from the lever. Just at the very last moment, when you begin to feel the knocking, should you press the lever and move to a lower gear or neutral.
May 28, 2018

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