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2013 New Strut scam???

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I just bought a 2013 Used Volt with about 36,000 miles on it. Been driving it for almost a month with no problems.

About a week ago I started to notice a slight pull to the left. I took it in for an oil change (was at 27% and I want to know for sure when it was changed.)

My trusted mech that I have been going to since 2005 says the right strut is bad. Shows me how when it was on the lift, you could grab onto the tire and lift it about an inch. He says the left one is OK for now but they should be replaced in pairs.

Also the left side driveshaft or something like that is damaged from a pot hole or what not.

Here's my question: Waaaaay back in Auto Shop in 1982, I was taught that the wheel is supposed to be able to be lifted and have that much play. The teacher told us it was a scam to make you get new struts.

Whats's going on here????
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You say you've used the mechanic for 11 years, in that time did he ever do any major work for you or was it just routine maintenance? If you've had any serious work done you should have a good idea if he's competent or not. If he is then take his word for it, if he isn't find another mechanic. The world is divided between people who know what they are doing and those who don't, when you find someone who is really good at what they do you hang onto them for dear life because the incompetents far out number the quality people.
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