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Old 12-07-2009, 09:52 PM
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1997 riviera drives like crap now.. please help

Hey everyone, caution stupidity alert ahead, last night I was going to Kmart in sioux city and there is a median in the entrance... it was snowy.. and icy... and sioux city can't figure out how to clean streets worth a DAMN!! so as I was driving at no more than 5 miles an hour and then turning into the parking lot... sslliiide, right into the median with my drivers front wheel.. now, it drives like in has 3 or 4 flat tires the front end shakes so bad and when the wheel is straight it goes strongly to the right, and when I hit a bump or a snowy spot, it goes all over the place.. I jacked the car up today and all seems tight and straight, so I took it to square tire on gordon ave in sioux city, and had them give me an estimate... : Left Front Hub Assembly: $239.99
4 wheel allignment: $40.00 which comes to a total of $279.99.. am I getting screwed?? I haven't agreed yet..

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The price on the alignment seems fine.
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The price on the alignment seems fine.

I agreed with that, but not sure about the hub..
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I agreed with that, but not sure about the hub..
Of course, a quick search on Rockauto.com, NAPAonline.com, and other on-line auto parts sources will tell you the going rate for the hub. Just be advised that repair shops make a profit on parts that they sell, so the price they quote will be marked up.
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If you can get outta this for <$300, I'd say you're golden.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:13 AM
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The hub itself can cause a vibration, but won't make it pull to the right. Sounds like you have other issues that will be uncovered when the mechanic tears into it. Bent steering arm, tie-rod, control arm etc...

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The hub itself can cause a vibration, but won't make it pull to the right. Sounds like you have other issues that will be uncovered when the mechanic tears into it. Bent steering arm, tie-rod, control arm etc...

Good luck,
Andy
I called Ben Fish Tire today and they said they can install it for around $200, that's without alignment. Alignment is another $40. I dropped it off this morning and they said they can work on it at 10am tomarrow and probably have it done by tomarrow night. I'll believe it when I see it but it would be nice because I really need it by Friday... KISS concert with my best friend Kaylee.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:48 PM
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So they had it done today at about 9am, but I had a tough time getting a ride there. then when I did it turns out that the $200 for it all did not include labor so after that and alignment it came to about $300. It steers fine now, but there is still something I am concerned about. When I accelerate it vibrates a little but is responsive, it does it in park when you rev it too. I leaned out the door and listened and it sounded like a slight jingling was coming from the left side. It drives fine, and runs fine except for the slight vibration. Anyone have any thoughts to what it could be?
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:25 PM
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Alright, I brought it into the shop at school today, had my instructor take a look at it with me, and we are pretty sure the exhaust got bent, cracked, and is rubbing on the floor pan.
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