Guys, I am getting frustrated with our local garage. I hate farming out car work for things I can do, but I have been letting my wife take her car to the local garage this past year, because I no longer have the time to do the repairs myself, and I no longer have a garage to work in.
Earlier last year, she noticed a strong Oder of burning oil, whenever she stopped her 2004 Subaru Outback. I lifted the hood, but could not find any oil leak. Since I cannot get under the car, I just told her to take it to the local garage. It needed oil & antifreeze change, and 4 new tires anyway. They inspected the car and told her it was a torn boot on the right front CV shaft. Only $150 to replace the entire shaft, so I said go ahead. I had replaced the CV shaft on her old car, so I know it is easy and an alignment was not necessary.
Well, they said they had "difficulty" getting the old shaft out, but they got it done, and installed my 4 new tires at same time.
Now, 20,000 miles later on new Quality tires, I just noticed the right front tire is bald. I can still see the tread pattern, but not enough tread left to measure. I told my wife to take it back to the garage and let them figure it out. Of course, the garage says "its a defective tire". Removes all their liability.
They also say the LEFT CV shaft boot is torn now, and that needs replacing too! So I gotta order 2 new tires for the front, and let them replace the left-side CV shaft.
Once we get the car back, I am taking it to another garage to have the alignment checked.
Question is, Although the Service manual does not state an alignment is needed after replacing the CV shaft, should I have done it anyway? I am thnking the mechanic may have unscrewed the tie rod to drop the spindle, instead of unbolting it at the end, and messed up the alignment.