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Old 03-09-2010, 05:11 PM
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Red face $1,600 worth of work???

So today I decided to have my truck checked out by a specialist at Les Schwab. After an hour and a half, they called me name...

And told me the very bad news, $1,600 worth:
1. The ball joints are toast.
2. Both brake rotors have hot spots.
3. The rear drums have a deep groove in them from running the shoes to the rivets.
4. The shocks are both gonners.
5. And the tires need to be replaced.

I have a feeing that the PO hated themselves, and the truck :,(

so can possibly save $1,000 by doing some of the work myself?
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:16 PM
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Asside from tires on that thing I would do all that work myself and save a bunch of money. But I will never pay a shop to do the work I can do myself for a quarter of the price.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:25 PM
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:26 PM
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Tires and ball joints are the hardest to do with out the proper tools. All the rest is easy for a shadetree mechanic. You might be able to rent a ball joint press from the Mcparts house, and if you have tire irons, they can be done also. Just put 1 to 1.5 cups of antifreeze in each tire as you mount them and all will be well.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:29 PM
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pretty easy....look in the vendor forum for tires...theres a place that does retreads really cheap...i am ordering 6 of them for my dually
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:31 PM
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Tires and ball joints are the hardest to do with out the proper tools. All the rest is easy for a shadetree mechanic. You might be able to rent a ball joint press from the Mcparts house, and if you have tire irons, they can be done also. Just put 1 to 1.5 cups of antifreeze in each tire as you mount them and all will be well.
The tires I will have done by... *cough*wal-mart*cough* and the rest is up to me. Plus, they are a set of wrangler ATs where one is on my truck already.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:32 PM
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Of course, it is always great to save money if you have the ability to do the work yourself. If not, don't stop at one estimate. Find few estimates and see what you want to do.

That being said, I don't know that shop and don't know if that shop has the reputation of being expensive.

If you want cheap, I am sure someone on Craigslist will be willing to do it much, much cheaper.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:37 PM
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I am in the wrong business, I need to open a garage so I can quote some of these crazy prices. You can go to the local parts store and get all that for less than 600 over the counter. You can go to www.rockauto.com and get get it all shipped to your door for 512.54 all professional grade including brake pads and shoes all the way around. I used the 89410 zip It should not be much more then that. I do not know what size tires your run but I priced a set of 33X12.50x15 Goodyear wrangler MT for 192 a tire at the highest place in my local town. Even with that crazy tire price it is still over 300 dollars difference. If you go with the cheap OEM stuff it is less even more savings.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:24 PM
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What about junk yard diving for the rotors, drums, and shocks? I'm pretty sure that the pads and ball joints are going to have to be bought from the store. Also, time to get the bearings packed!

When the time comes, I'll post pics in this topic. This is going to be fun!
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:27 PM
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Rotors are not going to do you any good from a junkyard. They rust up if your car sits outside without moving for a week with the new crap metal they are making them out of. I would say the same for drums too. As far as shocks, you might find some at the junkyard, but arent shocks only about $20 a piece anyway? I would just buy new.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:34 PM
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Rotors are not going to do you any good from a junkyard. They rust up if your car sits outside without moving for a week with the new crap metal they are making them out of. I would say the same for drums too. As far as shocks, you might find some at the junkyard, but arent shocks only about $20 a piece anyway? I would just buy new.
Even if the rotors and drums were resurfaced? And they want to charge me $40 for front and rear shocks. PnP charges $5 per.
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$1600 Isn't that bad of a price considering all the work that needs to be done, especally with tires. They also don't just slap a set of brake pads on they replace everything. Also through Les Schwab you get a warranty on the parts and labor and a road hazard warranty on the tires. (No I don't work for Les Schwab )

Having said that, I do prefer to do my own work and it does save you lots of money to do it your self. Especally the brakes and shocks. If you aren't comfortable doing the front end yourself, then I would get a couple of estimates and have someone else do it.
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What about junk yard diving for the rotors, drums, and shocks? I'm pretty sure that the pads and ball joints are going to have to be bought from the store. Also, time to get the bearings packed!

When the time comes, I'll post pics in this topic. This is going to be fun!

I dont quite understand what it means by the term "hot spots" on the rotors, but they can be turned (trued up) by the auto parts store for like $15 a piece. Shocks are cheap, buy new ones.
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Don't get anything that wears out (shocks, rotors ) from the junk yard. That's why their in the junkyard.
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I dont quite understand what it means by the term "hot spots" on the rotors, but they can be turned (trued up) by the auto parts store for like $15 a piece. Shocks are cheap, buy new ones.

"hot spots" are blueish colored areas of the rotors where they have been overheated.

Like brett says shocks run from $15-$50 each depending how you like your truck to ride and are really easy to put on youreself.
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I dont quite understand what it means by the term "hot spots" on the rotors, but they can be turned (trued up) by the auto parts store for like $15 a piece. Shocks are cheap, buy new ones.
Hot spots are (from what I was told) areas on the rotor that have become harder than the rotor itself. If the rotor was resurfaced, the hot spots would damage their machines
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Hello, the hot spots on your rotors will cause brake pulsation in your pedal and cause decreased braking performance, turning them will usually not get rid of them and replacement is the only way of getting rid of them. And as far as the price, that is reasonable for all the work involved as well as tires. thanks Tim ( a master mechanic)
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Hot spots are (from what I was told) areas on the rotor that have become harder than the rotor itself. If the rotor was resurfaced, the hot spots would damage their machines
Yes. The harder spots will cause the cutting bit to chatter or even break. Rotors are cheap just make sure you clean them with brake cleaner before you install them. Ball joints won't be too hard, but you will need to have the alignment checked afterwards. The 'Zone by my house will let you borrrow tools and they have a ball joint press.
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For $ 510 bucks you can go down to ur local NAPA auto parts and get everything you need. Heres the numbers:

FRONT PADS #UP 728 AM $47.89
REAR SHOES #UP462 R $35.99
ROTORS #4885608 $44.99 X 2
DRUMS #4401361 $38.99 X 2
UPPER BALL JOINTS #10252 $25.33 X 2
LOWER BALL JOINTS #10253 $17.77 X 2
KYB FRONT SHOCKS #K344087 $37.99 X 2
KYB rEAR SHOCKS #K344085 $47.99 X 2

Hope this helps! Find your tires on CL. U can do the whole job for under a grand and still have beer money left over
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This stuff is CHEAP. Don't pay someone to do it if your on a budget... I respect the fact that a good mechanic can be worth a lot of money but only if you HAVE a lot of money. I have done everything you mentioned and none of it is very hard to do.

Also I can't FIND a good mechanic so unless I get an ironclad recommendation from like 3 people I will never take any of my vehicles to another... Been burned too many times.
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