Bad break job?

Asked by Jul 22, 2013 at 09:01 AM about the 2010 Dodge Avenger R/T

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I had two repairs done to my car within two weeks of each.  The first was a brake job.  They didn't have to replace the rotors, just the other parts of the brakes.  Also did a power steering flush and refill.  The second job was a noise coming from the front of the car which was resulted in a shock replacement.  Two days after the shocks were done, the alignment is all out of whack now. The steering wheel is significantly to the left now to go straight.  The noise from the shocks seems to be gone, but the alignment is off and the brakes squeak almost as bad as before I took it in and I have been hearing them grind really bad.  So what is the chance that the bad brakes are causing the alignment issue.  I am taking it back to where I had it done, but I know they will try to charge for the alignment when it was fine before I had this work done. One shop did brakes, another did shocks.  Go to the brake place first?  Thanks

5 Answers

264,095

First off, you should always replace the rotors today when replacing pads so you don't run into issues like you are having. Second, when replacing the front stut on your car , you should always do an alignment. Have another shop do that for you because I wouldn' trust themwith an alignment if they didn't know what they were doing the first time around.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Wow, it's a way way longshot but you should get your money back. Steering wheel off where it should be is one of the most annoying things I can think of. Listen to Tom. Go someplace else. Dealer. (if you can afford the cost) but like most or all of us, cash is way tight. Best wishes drum

Thanks for the answers guys. That is what is annoying me about this. None of this was cheap and now it is like I paid all this money and my car is worse off than it was. The shock job was the dealer. I got an extended warranty when I got the car so I had to go to them for the warranty. The brakes were done at a big national chain. So, do I understand correctly, this is two separate issues? Would the bad brake job affect the alignment, or is it just a coincidence that something is up with the crappy brake job and the alignment is because of the shocks not being done right? I have not had great experiences with the dealer, so this was my last repair with them before the warranty expires. I just have a hard time not going back to both places and telling them they did a crappy job, now fix it before I go somewhere else. Thanks again

264,095

Your going to have to go back and complain if you want to be driving a safe car. They are 2 seperate issues BTW. The brake job has nothing to do with the alignment. So here's what I would do. Go back to the National Brake chain and tell them what your issue is and that you are not happy. They will tell you need new rotors and you tell them that you want them installed for free and parts at a discount. The shock as your calling it is actually a Strut and is integral to the front suspension, and when you swap a strut out, they should be replaced in pairs and an alignment MUST be performed. Do you go back to them and complain? You can have the brake place do the alignment for you if you want, or take it to a tire place, as they do a couple alignments day. Alignments cost around $50-$100. Your choice. Good Luck.

Thanks for the advice Tom.

Your Answer

Avenger

Looking for a Used Avenger in your area?

CarGurus has 4,391 nationwide Avenger listings starting at $2,400.

ZIP:

Dodge Avenger Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    790
  • #2
    Janis Jackson
    Reputation
    410
  • #3
    thedoctor
    Reputation
    370
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Charger
459 Great Deals out of 33,648 listings starting at $1,999
Used Dodge Challenger
238 Great Deals out of 25,130 listings starting at $7,750
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,061 Great Deals out of 62,285 listings starting at $880
Used Ford Mustang
591 Great Deals out of 39,474 listings starting at $1,895
Used Nissan Altima
1,314 Great Deals out of 77,580 listings starting at $1,695
Used Chrysler 200
348 Great Deals out of 15,626 listings starting at $3,500
Used Chevrolet Impala
581 Great Deals out of 34,539 listings starting at $900
Used Chrysler 300
319 Great Deals out of 19,473 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Accord
1,099 Great Deals out of 73,575 listings starting at $1,100
Used Ford Fusion
992 Great Deals out of 63,195 listings starting at $888
Used Dodge Caliber
50 Great Deals out of 2,107 listings starting at $299
Used Chevrolet Cruze
918 Great Deals out of 61,354 listings starting at $2,600
Used Honda Civic
796 Great Deals out of 60,932 listings starting at $950
Used Chevrolet Camaro
458 Great Deals out of 31,607 listings starting at $1,450

Used Cars For Sale

2014 Dodge Avenger R/T For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 33 listings starting at $8,988
2013 Dodge Avenger R/T For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 45 listings starting at $6,999
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T For Sale
21 listings starting at $6,950
2010 Dodge Avenger R/T For Sale
120 listings starting at $4,200

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.