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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted October 26, 2011 - 10:15 PM

I've been under my wife's van for a couple of evenings, trying to get it to pass inspection. We weren't expecting it to need much, but we were surprised.

Here's the list of what they said wouldn't pass
Gas filler tube (they wanted $187 + labor for this. Aaargh!)
Sway bar bushings (they were fine, look exactly like the new ones, replaced anyways)
Both front struts (only one was bad, replaced both)
Both rear wheel cylinders (one was leaking, the other was new last year, replaced both)
Front right wheel bearing (concerned here, the vague noise is less, but still there)
Left rear rocker panel (saved $130 here. "Shop Supplies and Labor" not very definitive)
Wipers (yeah, they needed it... I told Karen to get a set a month ago...)
Total estimate for parts and labor was $1500. (anyone know a reasonable mechanic??? LOL)

By repairing the filler tube, buying very good used struts (pair) from the local salvage yard and the rest of the list from Auto Zone, I spent a total of $194.

By my math, I get to spend $1306 on tractor stuff.

Still needs front tires and an alignment after the front end parts, but that's doable. The tires are just at the wear bars and we were expecting to need them, so we told the garage not to even figure them in. We go elsewhere for tires. Maybe going elsewhere for inspection next time also.

Edited by MH81, October 27, 2011 - 10:51 AM.

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 01:49 PM

My old car needs inspected Alan. But with my wife going for surgery on her ankle again next Wednesday we are able to get by on one vehicle. I'm not very mechanical but thank goodness George is able to fix a lot of things. Can't wait to see what tractor stuff you buy with your savings.

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 02:31 PM

I know what you mean ,I have just replace every component in the brakes ,on my Ford F250 4x4.This all started because I had a rear brake line start leaking,and one thing led to another,and before I knew it,I needed to replace everything except the master cylinder and the two lines running from it.

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 03:03 PM

Don't worry Alan, you can be rest assured that your family will be riding safely in the van for certain.

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 04:56 PM

Don't worry Alan, you can be rest assured that your family will be riding safely in the van for certain.


You're assuming I know what I'm doing....

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 05:11 PM

You're assuming I know what I'm doing....

But you do know what you're doing, you're just the last to know it lol. Unfortunately you always remember your failures, not the successes you've had, so keep thinking lol.

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 06:17 PM

By my math, I get to spend $1306 on tractor stuff.

Allen , I've been doing something wrong all these years . Next time our vehicles need repairs , instead of fixing it right away , I'll send my wife for an estimate , after she wakes up from passing out I'll do the work and pocket the difference for all sorts of stuff. :worshippy1:

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 06:21 PM

I showed her this thread... She informed me my math was flawed.
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Posted October 27, 2011 - 06:27 PM

I showed her this thread... She informed me my math was flawed.


Let me guess, she said you could have that 6 and she'd take the rest? lol

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 06:31 PM

Let me guess, she said you could have that 6 and she'd take the rest? lol

Casey I guess that's what they call " marriage clause ":bigrofl:

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 06:34 PM

Casey I guess that's what they call " marriage clause ":bigrofl:


Or better known as the "Mrs. Clause" LMAO.

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Posted October 27, 2011 - 07:09 PM

Let me guess, she said you could have that 6 and she'd take the rest? lol


Casey I guess that's what they call " marriage clause ":bigrofl:


Yep, you guys nailed it.

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 07:36 PM

Well, it took two more years but we went thru roughly the same thing again.

Rear brakes all across, drums & wheel cylinders (again???) this time there was some more needed body work, front tires, and the biggie was an exhaust system from the catalytic back.

The exhaust system, tires, and brakes was quoted at around $1200. The body work he said he was to busy to get to anytime soon.
Last weekend, Ryan and I did all the work except putting on a set of tires we have. ($12 each, I will let him fight with them.). Body work was cheap & dirty, but safe and will pass.

Total parts was around $425 including some shop supplies I needed anyways. Hers goes in for inspection this month too, hope he doesn't find anything to not pass... Safety first tho.

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 07:43 PM

Now you just need to stop buying parts at autozone and the other overpriced parts places. Then you'll really be happy.

I buy just about all my auto parts online. And save $$. I'm not taking about junk no name parts, name brand stuff.

Auto Zone stuff I think the worst. Especially their economy brand.

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Posted October 07, 2013 - 07:48 PM

Gotta hand it to you.  I don't get involved with too much concerning the cars.  I have our old car (2006 Taurus) that we were fortunate enough to be able to hang onto when we got the new car.  We wanted to save this one for our youngest daughter who will be driving this winter.  It needs work but I have nowhere to work on it and I probably wouldn't be able to do half the things it needs anyway.  I know what you mean about forced garage time.  I'll try almosy anything when it's not something I rely on.  When it involves something that needs to be on the road tomorrow, I let someone else do it.  I have some smaller garages around that I trust and that are reasonable so that's good.  Good luck my friend.


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