Re: Lower control arm replacement
Yup, I ripped myself off.
When the tech called to quote me over the phone, I didn't hear the price of the part very clearly. My wife had been quoted like $30-40 but that was for bushing replacement.
The bushings on the old control arm are fine, it's the ball joint that is shot.
So my mistake, for those new to the DIY realm, is that when I was quoted, I neglected to ask if the part I was being quoted was OEM or Aftermarket. The $300 control arm is OEM (GM made), opposed to the Aftermarket part that the Parts department at the Dealership quoted me on the phone was 169.95.
So what I should have done when I was quoted on the phone, was ask for the Aftermarket part to be installed.
A simple mistake on my part, but I only have myself to blame for being out $170 in this situation.
Yes, I would have done this myself, but my garage is too small, and I don't feel like crawling under my car on my frozen driveway at home.
Canadian winter and DIY car stuff don't mix very well with a small garage!
Oh, but I'm still going to take the wheel off to make 100% sure that the OEM part was installed... just in case. I'll update when I'm done.
Thanks for the replies everyone!