I brought my 2001 4runner to a mechanic for brakes and tires. I was told the front passenger brakes were worn down 1/4” more than the other brakes. When I asked what would cause that, he said “I don’t know what would cause that…”
(Sorry, this may be a lengthy post)
Fast forward: After tires and brake job, my car was noticably shaking, blah, blah, blah.
Went to a different mechanic an ( after reading many posts on this site) asked for a front end inspection.
All is well, I was told.
Less than 2 months later, the wobble, shake, bumps were bad enough that to set off the VSC warning.
I parked it, refusing to drive it until it was taken to a real mechanic. ( My usual Toyota mechanic of many years moved to another state).
So, my boyfriend who isn’t at all an idiot, got a flat tire, hopped into my 4Runner… A few miles down the highway Bam! Front passenger tire flew right off.
$2280 later, I have a new front end. Took it to a highly recommended, certified Toyota shop.
Now for the point of my post.
- Should I be concerned about uneven brake wear?
- Why was I told my front end was ok after having it inspected? When it obviously was NOT ok.
- After paying over 2k for new ball bearings, tie rods, or whatever is part of a front end replacement, is it sop for the shop to not do an alignment?
Because although I am no longer terrified to drive, the need for an alignment is clear, but the shop said one isn’t part of their service with the front end work they did.
Sorry for my lack of correct terms and knowledge. I’m a woman driver…
Thank you in advance for any and all information and advice.