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Commonsense check on suspension repair price

Discussion in 'Suspension, Steering & Brakes' started by gyoung73, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. gyoung73

    gyoung73 New Member

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    Hi

    I have a knocking from my NSF and the local independant has quoted £2000 (parts and labour) to replace the arm but also replace the sub-frame, as this is worn.

    No reason to doubt the guy, as he has serviced our cars for years without a problem. Has anyone had a similar repair done - to check this quote?

    Its a W209 CLK320 Convertible.

    Thanks
     
  2. Naraic

    Naraic Moderator

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    Is the sub frame rusty and falling off?
     
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    Rusty subframe?

    I cant see any visible signs of rust. The garage says they cannot assess what damage will have been done to the integrity of the subframe, so need to replace it.
     
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    Seems unusual at first glance but we don't have the benefit of viewing it. Not sure how a subframe can "wear" in 7 years
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'll get another indepentant to check it over. Its only done 50k miles.
     
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    Without viewing I'd say that seems odd.

    Normally knocking noises are anti-roll bar drop links or lower wishbone ball joints and even if they go I can't see how that would mean a replacement subframe.

    The lower ball joint is a press fit on your car I think so I guess that they're thinking that it's best to remove the arm in order to replace the ball joint. It may be that they're not sure whether they'll damage the front subframe if they have to remove the arm (the bolts can rust in place and be difficult to remove).

    I'm sure that one of our tame garage folk will post up, but eitherway I'd be looking elsewhere at that price.
     
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    Doubt it's rusted away as its cast alloy, just get the arm replaced.
     

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