Hey guys... I'm bringing this over from "Concerns" in hopes that I'll get more replies here...
I am missing alignment shims on RF control arm(s). Dealer says wheel bearings and ball joints are fine... just get an alignment and the bearing torqued down at a front end shop. Front end shop says they can't align it until I spend $400 on all this crap... What do you think? Here's their list:
Install swaybar endlinks------34.99
Install center Link-----------59.99
Install Control arm bushing---79.99
Shim bolt (mine is "frozen")---1.02
First, I can install my endlinks no problem. I know I have a torn bushing but I didn't know that would stop them from doing an alignment. Is this fishy or standard practice? (Maybe I should start doing this on the side at $35.00 a pop.
Second, what is the center link? What does it do and how do I know if it needs to be replaced? Most likely I should be able to install that myself too...
Third, where are the control arm bushings? Are they the round ones that let the control arms move up and down? Or is it that little rubber stopper thing by the spring?
Obviously, I don't do my own alignments, so I'm going to be out a little $$ on that regardless... and what I don't
feel comfortable doing is anything that requires using a spring compressor... I don't want to lose a hand. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Anyway, this estimate is a f**king rip off. I know another place that will do an alignment for $40. I'll probably go there.
What do you think?? [img]graemlins/