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post #1 of 102 (permalink) Old 12-23-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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What would you do II

you need two front outer tie-rod ends for your truck. The local shop charges $103 for each tie-rod, $85 in labor, $79.95 for an alignment plus tax. You think the labor rate is fair and you like the people at the local shop.

However, you have more time than money right now and you realize you can get the same exact Moog tie-rods ends on Amazon.com for $40.17 each with no tax and free shipping. You have the time, tools and skill to install them yourself and just go in for the alignment.

You have an opportunity to save yourself over $210.

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Do you have a heated garage?

If so, I'd do the work myself. It's winter, you have plenty of time...

If no heated garage, or you are like me where the Excursion won't fit in my garage, I'd pay the local shop. I just did that in fact two weeks ago for some fairly simple (but time consuming) work.

Too friggin cold outside to do a 6 hour job out there.

Edit: BTW - tie rods is not the 6 hour job I was referring to.

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Do you have a heated garage?

If so, I'd do the work myself. It's winter, you have plenty of time...

If no heated garage, or you are like me where the Excursion won't fit in my garage, I'd pay the local shop. I just did that in fact two weeks ago for some fairly simple (but time consuming) work.

Too friggin cold outside to do a 6 hour job out there.

Edit: BTW - tie rods is not the 6 hour job I was referring to.
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What would you do with the $210 you save and what would you do with the hours saved by having the shop do it???

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I'd toss them on myself too. If your truck is already alligned, it is pretty easy to keep it that way. $285 isn't a small chunk of change. Labor rates are right in line for this market though.
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Oh, forgot to ask. Is this for a rusty bucket of fuck? If I think it is going to cause me a lot of problems, then it could be worth it to bring it in and eat some popcorn in the waiting room while to watch the tech get pissed off throwing his tools after having to torch off the tie rod ends and beat them with a 3lb sledge.
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The truck is in really good shape. I just had new tires put on it (I use Just Tires by Randhurst, ask for Jay or Tim) and that's when I was told I need two outer front tie-rods ends and a left front hub bearing. They could not align it.

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If I had a heated garage and the required tools+knowledge, I'd definitely do it myself.

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If you've got the facility to do the job (warm place to work) do the job yourself.

Does anyone know of a DIY garage rental with a lift? There used to be a couple around Chicago, but all the ones I knew of are gone.

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Do you have a heated garage?

If so, I'd do the work myself. It's winter, you have plenty of time...
+1

Actually same situation arose with my car but with both half-shafts being loose like sleeve of wizard

Brakes are shot too, figured i'd give the guys i knew at goodyear the business for tires and halfshafts seeing as I have no heated garage, and still save myself a few hundred in labor by doing all the brakes myself. win-win..except for my soon to be frozen extremities

Depends on how much $200 is to you, and how well you know those guys/want to help them stay goin.

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Can you buy the parts and have them put it on? I normally go this route when it's cold out like this or if it's a harder job. They do it, but they tell me that the part won't be covered under their warranty since it's not their part. Fine with me. It'll still save you $100 and you'll enjoy your day a little more.

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I would have Ryan do the work and still save you money.
this. Ryan was very fair and honest when he worked on my car. I will call him if/when I need more work done.

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If you can do it soon and have the tools..... fine, save a few bucks.

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I ordered the tie-rod ends. They should be there the 30th. I'm doing this the weekend after NYE. I have a garage and I have a heater. And I have some help.

I also need a left front wheel hub bearing. The assembly, including the hub is $160 at the dealer and $183 at the local shop plus tax. I found an aftermarket one (by using the OE part #) for $41 with free shipping and no tax. I am told that after removing the brake, it is just one bolt to change the assembly.

Should I order a pair for $91 and do both sides? I'm thinking yes.

I should save over $400 when this is done. That is almost 2 weeks of daycare.

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Should I order a pair for $91 and do both sides? I'm thinking yes.
Yes, always replace in pairs.
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I'd do both sides while you are doing the work.

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Can you buy the parts and have them put it on? I normally go this route when it's cold out like this or if it's a harder job. They do it, but they tell me that the part won't be covered under their warranty since it's not their part. Fine with me. It'll still save you $100 and you'll enjoy your day a little more.
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for the money you saved, you could get a torpedo heater, and make your garage heated.
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What would you do with the $210 you save and what would you do with the hours saved by having the shop do it???
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Can you buy the parts and have them put it on? I normally go this route when it's cold out like this or if it's a harder job. They do it, but they tell me that the part won't be covered under their warranty since it's not their part. Fine with me. It'll still save you $100 and you'll enjoy your day a little more.

This is what I do, buy my parts online, usually from carpartswholesale.
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