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Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by tripjjj, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. tripjjj

    tripjjj Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I bought a 2008 ford f250 with 80,000 miles last year. Previous owner did not plow with it. I put a stainless steel fisher v plow on it. Did not plow much last year and when I'm not plowing I take it off. Recently I noticed front tires are wearing unevenly. Took it in to get alignment done mechanic shop told me I need to replace $3,000 worth of parts. Latt arm, pitman arm , tie rods and some other stuff. I'm going to get a second opinion. Does this make sense?
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Fords rides stiff so good chance with those miles.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2013
  3. tripjjj

    tripjjj Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Any idea if taking it to a ford dealership it would be cheaper?
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    No,but you will get Fords parts and not aftermarket.
     
  5. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    If the guy that owned it before you never heard of or used grease that is possible. Is the $3k parts and labor? I am assuming that also includes an alignment. ?

    Just for giggles I would take it to another place and ask them to align it and do not mention what the 1st shop said. In fact don't even mention you took it to another place first.
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Can't grease anything on them
     
  7. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    that doesnt sound right to me... i havent replaced that much stuff on all three of my superduty front ends combined.. my f250 with 200k on it has only had one tie rod replaced and both wheel bearings and one set of balljoints ince it was bought new in 2002
     
  8. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    You can't be serious??? :confused:
     
  9. tripjjj

    tripjjj Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    $3,000 was just parts. I'm going to try another place tomorrow.
     
  10. KIVALO

    KIVALO Member
    from Uhh NO!
    Messages: 31

    I plow 4 driveways and one business parking lot and I only have an HTS. I can definitely tell the difference in the front end and my tires wore unevenly. And thats from one season with light snowfall.
     
  11. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Nope everything is sealed. Its better that way

    I can do full brakes and ball joints for a little under 2k including labor . Tie rods are 1.3 a side. They will usually round it up to 3. The tie rods are expensive.

    $3k in parts isn't all that far fetched. I think the bearings were 500 a piece. One tie rod was over 300.
     
  12. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Guess I am old school. I like to get under and grease it up myself and make sure it stays that way. When I replace u-joints I also make sure to get greasable ones.

    You're right $3k in parts these days is not un-heard of , but, I would still take it to another place and get a second opine. Again I would not mention you took it somewhere else before hand.
     
  13. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    I agree with a second opinion.

    I don't use any greasable parts. I like sealed. Don't have to worry about forgetting to grease them,tiny bits of crud getting in to them. And they always seems to be messy at some point in their life
     
  14. tripjjj

    tripjjj Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks for everyone's responses
     
  15. hackitdown

    hackitdown Member
    Messages: 55

    When faced with that type of repair cost, doesn't trading it in begin to make sense? Just a thought.
     
  16. mud

    mud Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    Not necessarily. You would take a even bigger hit on trade, plus paying the inflated prices of buying new or used from a dealer.

    I will add that it is not all that uncommon in fords to have that work done around that milage. I did all four ball joints in my 01 at around 75k, and did the drivers side again this spring and that was before I had ever put a plow on it.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2013
  17. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    If the first owner never did a thing to the front end it's probably all worn out. Just the front brakes you could be into it for $500 or more. Labor is creeping up every year. If you DIY it's 1/3 or a little more. But you have to have the skill.
     
  18. tripjjj

    tripjjj Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Took truck to a different mechanic. He said everything other shop wanted to do was fine. All it needed was a steering stabilizer and shocks. Truck drives better than the day i got it. Parts and labor $450.00. Nothing better than an old school mechanic that has his own place.
     
  19. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    I knew something was wrong With that quote. I've never seen a super duty that needed all that work with less than 200k on it.
     
  20. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    unless your alignment was off your tires will probably still wear uneven. the stabilizer shock wont affect your tire problem. Id bet you are due for as set of ball joints.