I’ve been experiencing some noisiness in front in my 2001 Nissan Altima, mostly when going over bumps. The full list of problems is:
-Rattling/clunking sound out of the front of the car when going on a bumpy road (hard to explain exactly)
-Car occasionally lurches forward when applying accelerator from a stop/low speed, and similarly lurches when applying the brake
-When driving straight, steering wheel points slightly to the left
I’ve taken it to three mechanics at this point, and I don’t know who to trust. Here’s what they have recommended:
Mechanic A: Left inner tie rod, two lower control arms. $892
Mechanic B: Front sway bar links and bushings, front struts. $567
Mechanic C: Front struts, strut mounts, air filter. $756
I called back mechanic B after getting the quote from C and asked why he didn’t recommend replacing the front strut mounts - he said that he will only know if they need to be replaced after taking apart the strut. I asked what the price would be after replacing the mounts, and also after performing an alignment, and he said $690.
I’m leaning towards mechanic B because he would replace more parts for less money than mechanic C (and I’m pretty confident I can replace an air filter myself anyway), but the huge differences between the prescribed remedies is making me nervous. Any advice would be appreciated!