Hi, I'm not a mechanic so bear with me if I don't know the technical terms!
About 3 months ago I had a front driver's side wheelbearing replaced after I knackered it going into a pothole. I have since done about 1500-2000 miles. The other day the front driver's side suspension collapsed while I was parking! Front wheels were at ten to two and the car body was resting on the front wheel!
AA man established that the ball and socket joint (?) had popped out due to a crucial bolt being missing - he reckoned that they don't fall out or break and was asking me if I'd had any work done on the car.
If changing a wheel bearing, would the mechanic remove this bolt and therefore need to remember to replace it?
Also, when the suspension collapsed, I was able to have the car in gear and the clutch fully out without any power going to the wheels - I am hoping this is just a simple case of the driveshaft popping out when the wheel was displaced. I am hoping this will not be an expensive repair...
Mind you, anything will be cheaper than the price of my family's lives - the same thing could easily have happened on the motorway or, probably even worse, a two lane road with oncoming traffic a couple of feet away!