First of all, I love you guys! Whenever I'm in my car on the weekend, I listen to your show. You take the angst out of car problems with your wonderful humor.
Now for my anxiety producing problem.
I had my snow tires put on about 3 weeks ago, and after, I noticed the car would occasionaly and briefly pull towards the left, as though it has a mind of it's own.
Took it to my mechanic the other day and he told me it needed a front-end alignment, which didn't sound right to me. I've had plenty of those situations over the years and it just didn't feel the same.
Today, since my mechanic doesn't do alignments, I took it to another place, and they told my I need the front bushings replaced.
They explained what worn bushings would do to a car, and it made perfect sense.
However, since my car is a 1986 Toyota Camry (and before anyone says it's old, it's got only 100,000 miles on it, and I'm the second owner), he has to order the parts from Toyota and I won't be able to get it fixed until next week.
In the meantime, I'm driving 40 miles round trip to work (in all this freaking snow in Vermont), and I'm nervous that the wheel is going to fall of before I can get it fixed.
Could that happen?
Also, he quoted me a price of $350.00 to replace them.
Does anyone know if that's a fair price?
I tried searhing the Internet for info, but there's not much out there, so I thought and hoped there might be a message board on Car Talk, and there is!
I'd appreciate any help and/or advice anyone might give me.
Thanks very much!