...and the saga continues...
I started my posts a few days ago and described a noise coming from the rear axle. I had the rear checked and here's the result:
Someone, without the appropriate level of knowledge, has obviously tinkered with the Rear Carrier Assembly and done the shittiest job on the planet.
The Carrier Assembly is held in place by 4 bolts, the guy that worked on it, did it in a fashion that by now one of the bolts (right hand side - front bolt) is completely gone - obviously ripped out of the subframe and a second bolt, left hand side rear bolt has a visible tear mark surrounding the bolt, indicating that it might go next. In essence, the Carrier Assembly is really only held in place by 2 solid bolts. Thankfully, the bolts are across from one another or i'd be stranded already. However, all it might take is a pothole or a railway crossing and the other bolts & subframe take damage as well.
The repair estimate, since i don't even remotely know anyone that can weld, the shop i brought the car to quoted: $1855.43 inlc. Tax (YES!
The car is drivable, but it something happens then there might be a chance that i end up carrying my rear assembly over my shoulders 'cause it might fall out.
I'm wondering if i should eBay a Rear Carrier Assembly and post a newspaper ad for a welder and hope i'll get away with it? Provided that the welder has enough knowledge to drop the current Carrier Assembly, fix the stripped bolt hole and then re-assemble and weld it. This is a total stretch, i know.
Honestly, while frustration takes over, i'm thankful for any and all help, tips and tricks.
I gotta keep the costs down, because if i end up paying $1855 i'd exceed the value of the vehicle and would go for broke.