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Old 07-11-2019, 09:04 PM
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I'm gonna need to do an upper ball joint on my grand marquis. I already have the part in my living room. The guy said he'd do it for 100 bucks.
I looked into replacing it myself, and it doesn't look too involved. Just a few bolts and maybe some vigorous beating with a hammer. I would have to go to harbor freight to pick up some large sockets and stuff, but I suppose it would cost less than 100 bucks. Is it even worth doing it myself? Or should I just let the guy do it for me. Never done one of these before so I don't know if its one of those things that can turn into bullshit real fast if you mess something up.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:46 AM
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Didn't read the thread, but I'm going to say "no".
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Insured guy at a shop or random guy?
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im too nice to dirty my hands
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:26 AM
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Do you trust that guy with your life?
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:21 AM
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It is definitely worth 100.00 to get somebody else to do it (assuming he’s knows what he is doing).

Do not forget to get an alignment afterwards.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:27 AM
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vigorous beating
Hur hur hur.

It's pretty easy on a Honda, so it's probably impossible on a Ford. Would pay someone else.
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Originally Posted by George Knighton View Post
It is definitely worth 100.00 to get somebody else to do it (assuming he’s knows what he is doing).

Do not forget to get an alignment afterwards.
This times one million
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:35 AM
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It's pretty easy on a Honda, so it's probably impossible on a Ford. Would pay someone else.
It is straightforward, but the size of parts and efforts involved can surprise somebody who usually works on Hondas.

Back when I had my ‘69 Mercedes, I would sometimes catch myself whispering, “OMG that’s huge.”

The P71 was a popular buy for US military police as long as they were available and I am sure the Mercury is basically identical. It is less that they are hard to work in and more that everything is just bigger, and that one thing can lead to another before you find you’re over your head.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:51 AM
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$100 bucks definitely worth it. Hell, so is $200.

Then again "worth it" is different for different people. Some people think doing their own oil change is worth it vs. paying someone. Fck getting myself, my tools, and my garage all dirty to save a few bucks.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:55 AM
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Didn't read the thread, but I'm going to say "no".
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$100 bucks definitely worth it. Hell, so is $200.

Then again "worth it" is different for different people. Some people think doing their own oil change is worth it vs. paying someone. Fck getting myself, my tools, and my garage all dirty to save a few bucks.
Be careful.

If you are going to places where they suck out the oil instead of draining it, you might be in for trouble way down the line.

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$100 bucks definitely worth it. Hell, so is $200.

Then again "worth it" is different for different people. Some people think doing their own oil change is worth it vs. paying someone. Fck getting myself, my tools, and my garage all dirty to save a few bucks.
You really shouldn't be getting that dirty from a simple oil change.

But for me, it's not really about saving money, it's about the quality of work or lack thereof, most quick lube places are a joke and have been known to provide sub-par services and sometimes change nothing at all.

I had my oil changed 1 time at Jiffy Lube or one of those places because it was snowing and I lived at home(no garage), they managed to strip the oil pan bolt so I had to go buy a damn oil pan.
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biggest downside is having a 5qt jug of oil to get rid of afterwards. I just bought a 10-pack of toyota filters, so now I'm stuck changing my own oil for the next 10 years.
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:08 AM
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Be careful.

If you are going to places where they suck out the oil instead of draining it, you might be in for trouble way down the line.
No, I usually go to the dealer and bring my own oil. Or an independent shop, but a good one.

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You really shouldn't be getting that dirty from a simple oil change.

But for me, it's not really about saving money, it's about the quality of work or lack thereof, most quick lube places are a joke and have been known to provide sub-par services and sometimes change nothing at all.

I had my oil changed 1 time at Jiffy Lube or one of those places because it was snowing and I lived at home(no garage), they managed to strip the oil pan bolt so I had to go buy a damn oil pan.
Yeah, I don't go to those Jiffy Lube places. I don't get THAT dirty, but oil is oil and if you get it on something, it doesn't just wipe off easily. I'm **** about cleanliness in my garage with everything from the flooring to my tools. You could eat off my garage floor.

In many cars, the oil drain bolt is angled/sideways and the moment you unscrew it, it shoots out. Then the dumb filter is up in the bay, also sideways, with a bunch of car parts/panels underneath that just catch all the oil dripping, which then channel the oil to some other place like your sleeve lols.

Screw all that.

I do some brake/suspension work for my friends/family and I go through a bunch of rubber gloves and I wipe down my tools regularly during the job. Same with the floor if any crap drops on it (brake dust, etc). I've been to people's houses who like work on their cars, then walk right into the house while supporting themselves on their white walls taking off their sandals. Then going into their house with brake dust on their socks and just sit on their couch with the shirt that was just laying in oil drops. From what I've seen, most people do this. Makes me want to punch them in the face.
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Originally Posted by Mattb16teg View Post
You really shouldn't be getting that dirty from a simple oil change.

But for me, it's not really about saving money, it's about the quality of work or lack thereof, most quick lube places are a joke and have been known to provide sub-par services and sometimes change nothing at all.

I had my oil changed 1 time at Jiffy Lube or one of those places because it was snowing and I lived at home(no garage), they managed to strip the oil pan bolt so I had to go buy a damn oil pan.
This guy gets it.
I'm picky about my filters, and I don't want them run on with a damn impact. I want to choose my oil, don't tell me what my car needs, hmph. I want the drain plug to not be cross-threaded.
Easier to just do it myself than **** off a tech with my hovering and micromanaging, lol.
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Now is it worth it? Look at my life, how is it perfect?
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You could eat off my garage floor.
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But where will you park?????
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Doesn't the grand marquis need you to replace the entire upper control arm? That would be pretty simple.
I might be thinking of the trucks. If it's actually a balljoint, take it to a shop, shade tree guys will widen the hole and lie about it.
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But where will you park?????
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But where will you park?????
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Yea, Shamoo, what's the latest with you creeping on your neighbors and all that !!!!?
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