I just moved to a new town from out of state. My steering wheel has been a bit wobbly some of the time for the last month (when I arrived), and I’ve just gotten to addressing it while I got my oil changed and tires rotated. I’ve probably gone about 1,000 miles with it being wobbly.
I took it to the place I returned my moving truck to get the oil and tires taken care of (way across town, but they seemed nice, I know where they are, and I didn’t have to go through the process of finding a new place).
They said the differential and everything inside the transmission case need to be replaced. Will be around $1800 (without the transmission stuff, this is $1600, but they said I might as well do it for the extra $200, and I think it makes sense). He showed me how the axle wobbled when he pushed it and that it isn’t supposed to do this. I looked online (overwhelmed) and on the mechanics files here and see I could have taken it to a place where I could have walked home (instead of renting a car because I know no one here–the guy at the repair place said he didn’t think I could go very far and that the case might crack and if it does that it’s another $500-600). I think I should get a second opinion, but have no idea where to go. The place nearby can’t do anything for two weeks (was the recording on the machine).
Feeling pretty stupid because I know nothing about cars and this is a lot of money, and that I drove all the way across town to do this and now I can’t easily (or safely?) get a second opinion.
I’m almost at 100k miles and was hoping to get to 200k. I’d like to repair this because I’m not in a position to buy a car. I don’t even know how this kind of problem happens. I don’t know the vocabulary for this problem and do not feel I am asking the right questions or even know how to tell if the place I am at is honest. I really thought I’d just get the oil and tires done and drive again.