Hi Guys I guess I just need to vent some. I help my gal buy a used vehcile, a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4. I got it at real good deal. We both knew it would need a few parts. A good friend used to own a shop. I always got a good deal on work there. I know all the guys that work there.Before I took it there I had it up on a hoist at a buddy place. My bad I missed the bad ball joints. But the tie rods, brakes (I replaced the pads) and wheel bearings (they are new and I know when they were installed) all check out fine. As I cant do alinements I took it there for them to do the job. The price to do the alinement was not to bad $55.00. Like I said I missed the ball joints in my inspection. The new owner comes out with a list of parts he wants to replace. This list has on it : ball joints, tie rods (all of them and links), wheel bearings both sides and brakes ( I had just put pads on it). He takes me out into the shop and shows me the ball joints frist. Now they are so bad I cant believe I miss them. I know that when putting a bar on them it can make them worst. Ok I can go with this, no problem. Now he trying real hard to tell and show me that the rest of the parts he listed are bad. He even went so far as to say that the new wheel bearing were bad because they could have been cheap ones. You should have seen the look on his face when I told that I had just put new brake pads on and I knew that the wheel bearing were less than 2 months old and no real miles on them. I took it back to my buddys and we replaced the ball joints and I took it to someone else for the alinement.
With shops like this no wonder good shops have a hard time.
Oh when new owner came out to show me what he had found. The guys I know that work there no, where to found. Wait till I see them.
This is a small town. If they keep this up they wont be here long. Thanks for letting me vent.