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    OT: Car Trouble

    I busted a tierod in the front end of my car yesterday. Most likely the other one will have to be replaced as well. I had no choice but to have it towed to an unfamiliar garage.

    Does anyone have an idea of what this might cost just so I know if they are trying to screw me. Thanks.

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    Don't know but at least its not at a dealership . . . $100 an hour labor plus the cost of a new engine when your really just out of oil. Actually, on second thought an unknown garage could do worse. I'd just buy a bike.

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    what kind of a car?

    you'll also want an alignment after getting new tie rod ends put on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blair Thomas
    Don't know but at least its not at a dealership . . . $100 an hour labor plus the cost of a new engine when your really just out of oil. Actually, on second thought an unknown garage could do worse. I'd just buy a bike.

    I rode my bike to work today, but I work construction as a second job and the bike's not going to do it for me in that case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanginius
    what kind of a car?

    you'll also want an alignment after getting new tie rod ends put on

    I knew that too, but alignments aren't that much are they? It's a 2000 Neon, my wife's old car I inherited so she could drive my daughter around in my car which is safer.
    The car's value isn't that much so I really don't want to put too much money into it. The only reason I have hung on to it is because it's been paid off for 3 years and we like not having a payment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Green Genes
    I knew that too, but alignments aren't that much are they? It's a 2000 Neon, my wife's old car I inherited so she could drive my daughter around in my car which is safer.
    The car's value isn't that much so I really don't want to put too much money into it. The only reason I have hung on to it is because it's been paid off for 3 years and we like not having a payment.
    guestimate = 50-75 for parts, 1-2 hours labor * @60 = 110 - 200 + alignment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanginius
    guestimate = 50-75 for parts, 1-2 hours labor * @60 = 110 - 200 + alignment
    That would be ideal. Is this an educated guess or a shot in the dark?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Green Genes
    That would be ideal. Is this an educated guess or a shot in the dark?

    I really only know BMW stuff, but I looked up prices online for domestic to get an idea and really don't have a clue about labor since I do almost all my own work or with friends

    note that it'll be another 150ish for an alignment I believe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanginius
    I really only know BMW stuff, but I looked up prices online for domestic to get an idea and really don't have a clue about labor since I do almost all my own work or with friends

    note that it'll be another 150ish for an alignment I believe
    Thanks. Greatly appreciated. I just don't want this guy to rip me off since he's kind of got me by the balls right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Green Genes
    Thanks. Greatly appreciated. I just don't want this guy to rip me off since he's kind of got me by the balls right now.
    report back when you pay the bill


    good luck!

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    I just asked my father who owns an auto repair shop in jersey, he said b/w $150-$200 for the tierods plus alignment which is about $65

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    Quote Originally Posted by greasyt
    I just asked my father who owns an auto repair shop in jersey, he said b/w $150-$200 for the tierods plus alignment which is about $65

    cool thanks... so I wasn't far off except for guessing at alignment cost

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    my dad works on cars and trucks and my older sister broke her sway bar and when she had it replaced the found a crack in her tirode and it cost her around 400 so i would guess 300 for both replaced i could be wrong but it deff wont be under 250

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    About $150 for both tierods, installed
    $79.99 for alignment
    $65 for the tow

    $317.03 total

    Thanks fellas, at least I know I didn't get ripped off. Next time my wife yells at me for being on the board too long I can make the argument that JI is actually useful for something other than my own enjoyment.

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    Did it happen while you were driving?

    That happened to me in the 78 Cougar (LOL) , and it wasnt pretty. Its like 3 of your tires keep going straight but the 4th one goes whatever hell direction it wants to... crazy.

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