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Thermostat, Belt, & Ball Joints; shop around #4622771
01/03/18 02:52 PM
01/03/18 02:52 PM
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Lexington, NC
tc1446 Offline OP
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Haven't had decent heat for several years (thought the heat gauge was faulty) and ball joints have been squeaking for awhile. Had one shop give me an estimate on the joints and they said $849! Took it to a local independent who installed Moogs with grease fittings, a Motorcraft thermostat, fresh antifreeze, and a new belt to replace the badly cracked Oem, for $500. Now I have good heat, the gauge works as it should, and I don't feel like I'm wrestling a tractor to steer the old Ranger around.


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Re: Thermostat, Belt, & Ball Joints; shop around [Re: tc1446] #4622775
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Good for you thumbsup


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Re: Thermostat, Belt, & Ball Joints; shop around [Re: tc1446] #4622778
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Please give yourself a pat on the butt. smile

Re: Thermostat, Belt, & Ball Joints; shop around [Re: tc1446] #4622832
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You did good for $500. thumbsup


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Re: Thermostat, Belt, & Ball Joints; shop around [Re: tc1446] #4622906
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That's a great price for the work done.


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Re: Thermostat, Belt, & Ball Joints; shop around [Re: tc1446] #4623472
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Better yet, take yourself out for a BBQ!


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Re: Thermostat, Belt, & Ball Joints; shop around [Re: tc1446] #4624535
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Originally Posted By: tc1446
Took it to a local independent who installed Moogs with grease fittings,


You did alright. Hopefully they installed Moog Problem Solvers instead of their econo-line junk that competes with all the other Chinese-made parts.
Still, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.


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