Hey all, I have a 2009 Honda Civic. I’m a little conflicted because I took my car to two repair places today.
The first was for a tune up -oil and filter change, tire rotation, etc. on the sheet it says they “checked brakes and calipers for wear and damage…inspected tie rod ends…drive shafts boots” etc etc. green light on everything.
THEN I took it to another place because I bought a “lifetime alignment” package. Now, right off, this place recommends an alignment every 6,000 miles, when tires are rotated or replaced, and it’s been more than 6k since my last alignment AND I just got my tires rotated. Still, the guy behind the desks tries to talk me out of it - “we just saw you in July, I really don’t think you need it”.
A half hour later he says my “tire rotor” is bad and they can’t do the alignment until they replace it, which will cost about $200. He didn’t have the parts on him so I just left.
Now here’re my questions - what’s a tire rotor (and he said tire rotor, not brake rotor, because at first I thought he said I needed a new tire), and second, how likely would it be to miss this in the earlier inspection that I had (which is a place I’ve gone to for a long time)?
I kind of get the feeling they’re regretting offering a free service and are trying to get my money in another way…