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Old 03-23-2005, 06:32 PM   #1
Mandrich
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Unhappy Shop botched wheel bearing install. Rental car responsibility?

Just thought I'd get some opinions. I just had my wheel bearing replaced last week by a body shop as part of an insurance repair (was hit in the side a few months ago). Seemed fine until this morning when I heard minor grinding, now it's very loud grinding and the rear drum is damned hot. My guess is the shop they used to do the wheel bearing replacement botched the install. With how quickly it is deteriorating, I'm guessing it's not a wise idea to just drive it around until the part comes in. I had the following questions:

1. Since the repair failed, should they supply me with a rental car or a loaner, or is that simply my responsibility?

2. If it's already grinding like the back end is dragging over rocks, and it got this bad in less than 100 miles, is it suicide to continue driving it?

3. When a wheel bearing completely craps out, does it just lock up or can the wheel come off?

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Mark
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Old 03-23-2005, 06:35 PM   #2
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Call the ins co...tell them that your car is not working properly and you need a rental and are going to have the car hauled to the shop get looked at again.

Don't take 'no' for an answer.


Don't drive the car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-23-2005, 07:17 PM   #3
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^ I second that. Why risk it when the insurance company is capable of handling it.
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:00 PM   #4
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the insurance company handles rental cars????
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:26 PM   #5
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I agree. Work through the insurance company. If they covered your cost of a rental car the first time your car was being repaired they shouldn't have a problem covering it again since it was never fixed properly.
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