Good Morning All
I have a 2005 Murano. 88K
Back in Feb I had my front L/R wheel bearings, CV joints and brakes replaced (I had front end noise and I know “time to replace the brake noise” very well). When I went to pu car, mechanic said there was still “some” noise and that it said it was due uneven wear on my tires. That didn’t make sense to me because I rotate my tires with every oil change (every 5K). Because I’ve been going to him for over 15 years and “trust” him, I said ok, wrote a $1700.00 check and went on my way.
At the next oil change (about a month ago) I told my mechanic that not only was the noise still there, but it was getting louder. He advised that it might be trans/differential.
Nissan covers their CVT trans up to 120K so after making sure any “differential” noise would be covered (I have front wheel drive only and was confused about the whole “is it the diff or is it the trans?”) - I took it to a Nissan dealer.
According to Nissan mechanic made it about 200 feet in his parking lot and drove it directly into his shop because the noise was so bad. Bottom line, the left wheel bearing was not tightened! He said he took the nut off by twisting with his fingers only. Because of this he started inspecting the entire front end (I told him of the repairs I had back in Feb) and the left axle shaft is “wavy/bent”, left tire has feathering (the others do not).
Trans/differential IS bad and Nissan will swap out under their extended warranty. He tightened up the wheel bearing (no charge) and said car was safe to drive until new trans arrived (7-10 days)
Nissan mechanic said that because they have to do something with the axles (take off? move?? loosen - don’t remember what he said) to put the new trans, the dealer is willing to fix the axle for the “parts price” only (no other labor involved apparently).
My question is this…of course I’m going to talk to my mechanic but I’m not really sure I want him fixing anything! Would it be “fair” for me to ask him to reimburse me if I get Nissan to replace the axle? Or should I let him honor his business/reputation and let him fix the axle on his nickel (which really - I know he would).