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The greedy pay twice

Hi Guys.

Look at the picture to enjoy the fact that you are not as hapless as I am!

Yesterday I had a local mobile mechanic to change my both front CV axles. I pulled that from a junk yard and they costed to me $30 a piece. We made a deal that he will replace two of my axles and a rear airstrut for $100 labor(my parts). By the time I starter the car my rear strut got up and was functioning fine so we took it of the list but the guy kept $100 with promise that when I need to replace the start he will owe it to me - .

I got the car fixed and my original axles we saved (the only problem with both of them were boots and I would like to keep them just in case). I car was driving great and I was very happy for whole 15 miles. Then I found that the car is acting out, if I am making a change of lanes of small steering shift the car was making like a small push of a side going straight again after this small dancing. I thought me alignment was off. After 25 miles I heard some funny noise from a front wheel. I turned back and reduced speed to 75MPH. By the time I was exiting the highway and 2 more miles to my house the noise became really bad, especially at turns. 200 yards and two more turns of about 25MPH a front wheel separated from my car and ended at the other side of the road, the car was gliding for another 15 -20 yards without and brakes and stopped. Towing to my home 1.5 miles from the accident costed me $100 and a crew of three police officers controlling traffic while I was waiting for the tow truck and the car was loaded on it.

The mechanic came at night and after looking at the car explained that things happen and the center bolt get loose. He did not refuse but also did not admitted that it was his fault, however he offered free labor to fix the problem provided that I will provide the parts. He wants caliper bracket, my old axle to take parts of it, center bolt, two pins fro caliper and brake hose. He has a brake line which he will fix. I asked about replacement of bearing since it was exposed to dust and send but he insisted that it is not necessary - he will clean and re-grease it.

I was my suspention to be perfect and if needed I will replace all parts to make the car safe. In your opinion what should be replaces in the car in this case?
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You are absolutely nuts if you let the guy touch your car again
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Twat left the Hub Nut Loose no other explanation

As for reusing that Bearing, do the world a favour and shoot the inept pillock !! (Joking there) !!

Seriously though, you need to make him to pay for all of this damage, he screwed this up.

Cheap is cheap for a reason !!

You need to replace that entire Front Corner, just un bolt the whole lot from the Suspension Arms including Drive (Axle) shaft, Hub Disc and Hub Carrier Plus Brake Hose, Caliper and Caliper Carrier !!

You may even need a pair of Lower Arms if they have dug into the road and become damaged.
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As they always say " You get what you pay for " I would start with a New Mechanic and New Parts !!
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/\ /\ /\ Oh yeah too true !!

I've just noticed, is the retard going to pay for the new Front Fender and Paintwork needed where the Wheel has hit it ????????????

I'd be asking him for his public liability insurance, he is an absolute joke !!

Oh and that front Tyre is also an absolute joke, you'd get a 1000 fine per Tyre and possible points on your licence for a tyre better than that one in UK
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I just did both front hub assemblies last month on the '03 S430. The job is *not* that hard! Re-using used parts is a mistake here; better to use a brand-new axle, with a brand-new hub assembly, and do it right. Seriously, you can do this one yourself; I'm living proof of that. You've got the 4Matic, so you're dealing with an axle as well. But I just replaced both front axles on another brand of car (front wheel drive), and it wasn't too hard, either. Agree with Dave; if there's a part that even *looks* wrong, replace it with new.

Dave's right about the tire, too. Not the brand or model--that's a General AltiMAX RT43, a very good tire--but rather its current condition. However, that may have happened as a result of the wheel coming off.

Seriously, man, reports like yours are a good part of why I now do all my own work. And don't let that asshat come near your car again.
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/\ /\ /\ Oh yeah too true !!

I've just noticed, is the retard going to pay for the new Front Fender and Paintwork needed where the Wheel has hit it ????????????

I'd be asking him for his public liability insurance, he is an absolute joke !!

Oh and that front Tyre is also an absolute joke, you'd get a 1000 fine per Tyre and possible points on your licence for a tyre better than that one in UK
Come on now Dave, you really really think that he will have any insurance let alone pay for any of the damage lol As far as the tire goes, that does not surprise me especially if the OP is putting used mechanical parts on the car I do realize that I may get heat for what I am about to say as I have said it before but if you can not afford to fix these cars yourself with New Parts, then the car is not for you. These cars are not cheap and at the age that they are now, they are going to need a lot of care. Getting Used mechanical parts from the junk yard and paying some retard of the road do the job for you, is simply asking for a suicide OP is lucky to not have gotten hurt !!
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OP: here's the link for the front hubs. They're only $176, and remember that shipping is free at this particular vendor if you use the coupon code.

https://www.mboemparts.com/v-2006-me...ion-components

You want the second section; the first section appears to be for 2WD (rear-wheel-drive) cars. The second section is for the 4Matic cars like yours.

The axles are going to be considerably more expensive, at $1,095 for the left side, and $1,013 for the right side. You have a 4Matic; 4Matic parts are known to be pricier. But if *I'm* the one driving the car, I'll pony up in a heartbeat since it means my safety.

If you need a control arm, those are $543.90 per side.

None of this is cheap. But remember what you'll have when you're done, a 4WD uber-luxury car without peer. It's worth it to learn how to do the work yourself, really.
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OP- sorry this happened to you.

Replacing the front axles are more than a bit of work on the W220 4matic. The axles can at times be hard to separate, and hard to align/ get to fit properly when replacing them. I did a a mini write-up on it here a few years back. A very different animal than a RWD W220, as far as the front hubs are concerned when axle replacement is necessary. https://www.benzworld.org/forums/w22...t-cv-axle.html

I think this was a lesson learned, and the OP should work a new course of action. For a person to come out (mobile mechanic), I would suspect the labor of replacing just one airmatic shock would be in the $100USD range for labor. I would think airmartic shock, and two front axles would be well over $500 for labor.

OP may have made a mistake, we all have, come up with a plan to get the 4matic on the road and move on. I doubt going after the mobile mechanic will produce any return on time invested.
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I just did both front hub assemblies last month on the '03 S430. The job is *not* that hard! Re-using used parts is a mistake here; better to use a brand-new axle, with a brand-new hub assembly, and do it right. Seriously, you can do this one yourself; I'm living proof of that. You've got the 4Matic, so you're dealing with an axle as well. But I just replaced both front axles on another brand of car (front wheel drive), and it wasn't too hard, either. Agree with Dave; if there's a part that even *looks* wrong, replace it with new.

Dave's right about the tire, too. Not the brand or model--that's a General AltiMAX RT43, a very good tire--but rather its current condition. However, that may have happened as a result of the wheel coming off.

Seriously, man, reports like yours are a good part of why I now do all my own work. And don't let that asshat come near your car again.
It looks like that tire has been in bad shape for some time. The cord being exposed the way it is could not have been the result of the wheel coming off. I hope the OPs mechanic at least pointed that out. If he did, I am surprised it was driven like that especially at the speeds stated.
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