So a little back story. We went off roading in my wife's Kia Sorento 4x4 about a year and a half ago. We came down pretty hard on the right side, but didn't think anything of it. That may be irrelevant, but figured I'd throw it out there.
So we've been noticing a little uneven tire wear on that side, and a shop recommended changing the wheel bearing about 13,000 miles ago. So I took it into a shop closer to home that I got a better feel for when I had to get her state inspection done. They have also determined that the wheel bearing needs to be replaced, but once they got it off they called to say that I need to replace the front axle on that side.
Does this look like it needs to be replaced? Aside from having the state inspection done there, this is my first time at this mechanic. They told me that the corrosion was too bad to put on the new bearing. I don't know much about axles, but I grabbed it and it feels like there is plenty of meat on the splines.
Are they trying to rip me off, or does this genuinely need to be replaced?
again, it feels good to me but I'm not an expert.