Hi Poppop. Didn't look at my truck or the seals at the shop. I should have, I know. But while I may know some stuff, that's something I know less about. So I didn't want to be a 'poser'. I left and went to my brother's shop (my favorite mechanic I mentioned) and he showed me the cuts and explained what had been done.
I've learned my lesson now, and if I even use the warranty at all in the future (unlikely), I'll have my brother teach me what I don't know before-hand. This just happens to be my first actual truck (sad, I know), so I have a few things to learn. Yeah, I had the Jeep, but the thing was a beast (not to knock Nissan). Nothing remotely major ever went wrong on it the entire time I owned it and no matter how much abuse it took (plenty). And it was nasty enough just the way I bought it, so I never did any mods. *sigh* They don't make 'em like they used to...
Another funny 'female/dealer' story, that. I went to the dealer and said I wanted to test drive it, and the salesman says 'no, that's not what you want', and kept trying to push all these others at me. A Rav 4, a Grand Cherokee, all these kushy stereotypical rides. Finally he gives up after I keep telling him I know what I want and they're not it. Too posh and wimpy, lol. He hands me the keys and tells me all snotty-like to 'take it for a drive, keep it overnight or a few days if I want'. He totally thought I'd be right back, even after I told him I'd take him up on those 'few days'. You should have seen his face when I showed up with it the promised few days later, covered in layers of mud, and then I hopped out all pretty in a sundress... I'm sure he was very relieved that I bought it too, lol...
So, I'm a girl. Pretty obvious right from the get-go. And I know that automatically means most car dealer/repair guys will think they can pull one over on me. You'd think they'd take a look at my Nismo with it's nasty Wranglers and mud flung all over and take a pause. Nope.
Thanks for posting this. I just got back from a CT dealer yesterday while they spent 4 hours to replace the camshaft sensors. Warranty is about to run out on my 06 Nismo. I know everyone here loves their trucks but I've NEVER had so many issues with a vehicle I bought new. About 50K miles my Nismo started to have many problems. I've had the complete rear (due to leaking seals) tranny (due to intermix of fluids) radiator, drive and propeller shafts replaced. ECM relay, crank and now cam sensors. Fuel level sensor still broke. I'm going to do that myself. They said cats could be plugged but it turned out to be the cam sensors. Dealers suck. Most of their mechanics suck. Thanks for the info I'm going to check my rear as the seals are leaking AGAIN! I think this is due to the faulty velt/pressure issue. Now I know why they replaced the whole diff. and not just the seals. I'm going to fight them on this the dealer wants $1000.00 to replace 2 seals??????? $2400.00 for CATS???? I'm doing that job myself as well but I'm fighting the seals with Nissan.
It never cease to amaze me, how many incompetent mechanics are out there. This is like basis mechanic 101. When I find a good mechanic, I'll follow him even if I have to drive farther. There are good ones out there, the problem is finding them...
I think the point remains that if (if being the key word) the dealership inappropriately used cutting as a means to remove the seals, and that this unconventional cutting has indeed caused irreparable damage to the housing which will surely result in future premature seal failures, then the dealership needs to replace the rear end assembly at their expense. This is my honest opinion in one poorly structured sentence.
The Penguins fan in me also says if you are a Philadelphia Flyer supporter, you should get no refunds and no replacement parts - ever, and a leaky rear-end is typical of such fans. So I am giving you the benefit of the doubt that the username AviationGirl was already taken. In that case, I solo'd in a Cessna 140 as a teenager, almost completed A&P school in my early 20s, and for the past few years on RVS I've been screwing with a 1946 Luscombe Silvaire 8E as a "resto-mod" project - in hot-rodders terms.
Depends on how they were cut off - cutting does not for sure mean a problem. I have seen shops routinely cut off shocks but doubt you'll ever see that in a repair manual. I have had to cut bearing races out of a diff housing after breaking jaws off 2 different pullers.
Hi Chris. Glad I could bring some light to this issue for more than just myself. After you take a look at your axle housing, if its all good, I suggest trying 5speed's solution, since it sounds like you have one of the leaky ones as he mentioned. I certainly hope that what happened to me isn't common practice. The same mechanic did both my seal replacements, so we can hope for everyone's sake that he's the only one to use this method.
Gonzo, I completely agree. Aside from doing the work myself, I never would have taken my truck to anyone besides my brother except for the warranty. I thought, hey, I ought to use it for these more costly repairs. I won't be making that mistake again. Warranties that are specific to a certain dealer are there for the dealer's benefit and your expense. They're a joke. I'd rather line my brother's pockets than any dealer's anyway.
Nope Suzokie, not a Flyer's fan. Honestly didn't know they existed until you mentioned them, lol. 'Flyer' is indeed due to the aviation bug that bit me in '05 when I joined the crew of a vintage craft on its world tour, the Dornier DO-24ATT. I'm not a pilot though, but I intend to be.
Nope Suzokie, not a Flyer's fan. Honestly didn't know they existed until you mentioned them, lol.
I assumed the same thing when I asked if you were from PA or NJ lol. Good luck with the pilots license!
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Looks like you have gotten all the advice you were looking for
I had a Toyota dealer try and take my mom for $400 on a new o2 sensor. I called them and told them to put the old one back in and I would pick up the car. They then cross-treaded the sensor, and when I discovered it they wanted about $1k to fix everything. I left that dealer and never looked back. It took about $300 total for me to get a new o2 sensor, and new left exhaust manifold. Fixed their mistake for less than their original repair estimate
In my case I decided to cut my losses as it is hard to prove that they had caused the damage. But your repair bills would probably be more than mine would have been, and you have proof (cuts in the axle/housing). So I would not just walk away in your case.
It's really sad that there are so many mechanics out there that can only see $$$ when they see a woman walk into a dealer The repair should always be about the vehicle, and about the actual problem, and nothing else.
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