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Old 07-10-2012, 03:08 PM   #1
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'04 SVT Focus - Inner tie rod replacement costs?

Need opinions here.

took my car to a local shop to have the inner tie rod replaced. They had problems getting it off the steering rack and spent more time than usual on it.

So when they called me to say it was ready I asked how much for the repair? $325!!

Shop owner tried to tell me they spent three full hours working on it before they got it loose. The tie rod itself was $35.

I complained and asked what the flat rate for this job was and the owner would not tell me but I'm sure its not that much. After "dicussion" the shop owner said "just pay me what you think its worth when you get here".

I'm thinking $200 would be generous.

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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Was that with alignment?
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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no alignment - just hours and $35 for tie rod.
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You know & they know the toe has to be set. Alldata says 1.4 hrs for one side & 2hrs for both. I'd find out how much their shop labor rate is & add a basic set the toe alignment to that. Its not your fault that they couldn't get the inner tie rod end off. Has a clip=LOL.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:10 PM   #5
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2 hrs labor, max
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:36 PM   #6
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Hwen I replaced those on my Foci, it took me like 2 hours but that was an outside of my apartment, so i don't think it should be more that that. Plus I did it on mazda 6 about the same time.
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They are idiots. Inner tie rods on the Focus, done by a shop that has the correct tools, should take a max of 1.5 hours. That is for one side plus an alignment. And if they didn't even align it afterwards I would be questioning the integrity of the shop. Even if they counted the number of turns the outer tie rod turned to remove it from the inner that only gets the toe close. If it hasn't been aligned your gonna have tire wear issues.
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Less the 2 hours I just did 2 inners on a focus today at work.
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Too many people to quote but I agree with them. It's not your fault they couldn't do it. Next time ya need something done the local Houston crew can help out. I also work on cars on the side so if you need help with anything let me know.


Also you know it's shady when they ask you to pay them what you think it's worth. It should also be aligned. When I did our tie rods on our van it definitely needed a alignment. Even if you measure the new part exactly to the old part it will still be off due to wear from the old part. Anyways let us know how it goes and good luck
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$325! Hell you could buy a bunch of tools, a toolbox, some beer, pizza, an alignment, and a cheap hooker for that. Everything you need to get the job done yourself.
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