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Old 03-18-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default $200 just to change 1 balljoint?

That is what my shop charged me here is the bill. They told me they hade to remove the steering nuckle to do the balljoint is that correct? Thank god I didn't need to do both otherwise I would be out nearly half a grand.
lower balljoint $19
shop supplies $12
steering nuckle remove replace $131
balljoint remove replace $34
total= $196 + tax on top
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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I don't know if the nuckle has to come off or not but I would have done both sides... the new one will cause the other side to wear faster and visa versa.......
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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Yes the knuckle has to come off. While you were in there you are stupid not to change both ball joints....there isn't much extra labour as they are already in there. Price doesn't seem far fetched to me at all...
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:57 PM   #4
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I'm a cheap ass so I would've done it myself. However that reasonable.

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:12 PM   #5
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maybe someday I will clue you in on what ball joints, tie rod ends, and hub assemblies with labor cost on a 99 Continental......
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My dad used to own an auto shop and was a mechanic for at least a decade before he quit and went into engineering. we had a shop last year and the thing he loved to do the most was suspension work. it's so easy and he charged you what Mitchell's said it would take for labor. you also have a price markup for the part ( our shop was 1.67 times the price of what we got the part for)

Labor is where it gets you, it's mostly around $70 an hour so...say the book says it takes an average guy 4 hours, you get charged for 4 hours even if it takes them 3 or 5.

if i were you i'd just do that sort of stuff yourself. it really isn't that hard unless you get that one bolt that doesn't want to come off or something along those lines.
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$70 an hour is nice, most places charge $90 to $100

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That is a pretty fair deal, I got quoted 500 then did it myself for much cheaper
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I did it for $200 plus price of parts a couple weeks again for some guy on a ranger....
For a shop, yeah that's about right. If anything it's cheaper than I thought it'd be.
Talked him into ordering all of them from rock auto and replacing all 4.
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meineke did mine a few years ago and charged me around $400 for just one. i didnt have time to do it myself, but i'll never take it to the them again, for anything. they did my front brakes too and charged about the same. they grind and make all sorts of noise, but the jackasses there just say "i dont hear anything" or "well maybe you should replace the rear brakes".....mofos.....this is why i'd rather just do stuff myself. end rant
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