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At 50,000 miles, its probably time for new tires anyway. Planned on that. LF tire started to wear on outer shoulder in "spotty" portions of shoulder, NOT evenly around shoulder. We rotated this tire to the rear on my oil change at 52,000 miles. On my most recent oil change at 57k, the LF had worn considerably worse than the previous tire located here. Bought 4 new tires at dealership and had them mount/balance AND do 4 wheel alignment on car. I was told that bearings/hubs were going bad on both sides in front (left was worse) and that my alignment would not be precise, but did it anyway.
This car is 2 years old and the bearings are already shot???!!! REALLY???!!! Long story short, I just dropped almost $700 and couldn't afford the retail price ($340 per side) for the parts, let alone labor costs, and have not made the repair since discovered last Friday. Service manager told me it has been a common problem and these "hubs" are more hi-tech than they used to be, hence the expense. I find it staggering that this could be be a problem so soon in the life of a car, not to mention a "common" problem.
Why is this not covered under the power train warranty? Does the power not travel thru the front wheel bearings of my car to get from the engine to the ground? If it is a common problem, where is the recall? NOT happy with car, NOT happy with GM warranties, NOT happy with GM service techs (at multiple locations now), and NOT even sure the bearings are the problem OR that they even did an alignment!!!! (where is the printout with wheel specs before and after?) Isn't uneven tire wear caused mainly by alignment/suspension issues? Thank you for any input or advice.
- Jamie R.,
Belle Plaine, MN, US