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#186192 - 07/04/03 01:17 PM SUSPENSION--Shock Install Price
daveinsa Offline
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Registered: 11/13/01
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I always have my oil changed at my local Goodyear/Gemini Center here. The oil changes are reasonable ($17.95 with my own M1 oil), but today was different.

They charged me 99.90 for a tranny flush. 49.90 for Mercon V full syn and 50.00 for labor. Isn't that a little excessive?

I also had them give me a quote for installing my IAS shocks. 68.40 for the front and 152.00 for the rears. He said the rear was high because they are a strut type shock. I'll go pricing at some other shops.

Dave


Edited by Liquid (07/07/04 09:35 AM)
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#186193 - 07/04/03 01:28 PM Re: Shock Install Price
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Around here I think they charge about $130 to do a tranny fluid exhchange using one of the T-Tec type machines at a dealer.

I go down to the local Mobil/Chevron oil distributor and pick up a case of Chevron Mercon V ($28), a Motorcraft filter from Ford ($6) and I change drop the pan and drain the converter.

The front shocks are very simple to change (probably 1/2 hour for both shocks). The rears are a little more difficult only because there is not much room to get at the top mount. The rears took me about 90 minutes (to do both) with the help of a friend. We didn't use any special tools or drill any holes in the trunk. It really isn't that difficult.



Edited by SSMOKN (07/04/03 01:31 PM)
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#186194 - 07/04/03 01:34 PM Re: Shock Install Price
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Strut type shock?

One bolt on top, one bolt on bottom. What's the f*cking difference? Maybe he should have told the truth, and said that the top bolt on the rear is a pain to get to until you find the best way to reach it. Or drill holes in your trunk.

The fronts have two bolts on the bottom, but are the same on top, and easier to get to.

Looks to me like they are hitting you with an hour labor for the front, and a little over 2 hours for the back. That seems a little high for a shop which should have all the required tools at their disposal.

Regarding the 17.95 oil changes, do you buy / bring in the Mobil One?

First time I ever visited a Gemini/Goodyear, I was drunk, needed an oil change in my beater pickup, and paid $12. Later I found they used 10W30 instead of the 5W30 (or vice versa) GM spec'ed for that year. I went back once to inquire about a Gatorback belt for a 4.6. They wanted $69, another Goodyear store in town had never heard of them. Needless to say, I looked elsewhere.
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#186195 - 07/04/03 02:41 PM Re: Shock Install Price
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front are extremely easy, any shmuck with some handtools will be able to replace it. The rear are a bit more tricky as there are less room. but since you are from texas you wouldn't have to worry about the rust and corrosion from the bolts.

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#186196 - 07/04/03 02:50 PM Re: Shock Install Price
Brad Offline
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Registered: 06/17/03
Posts: 111
So, you paid a total of $199.80 for a Tranny flush? Yeah, that's a friggin ripoff. Did they even change the filter for that price?

You can get a case of Pennzoil Mercon V at Pep Boys for about $35 and change it yourself. Filter runs $15.
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#186197 - 07/04/03 02:56 PM Re: Shock Install Price
daveinsa Offline
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Registered: 11/13/01
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Yea, I'm going start doing things myself when I can from now on. I'm getting tired of this crap. I'm just lazy and figure they have the tools on hand where I might not.

Dave
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Wedgewood Blue 2002 Crown Vic - P74 - LX Sport
54,500 miles, 255/50 Bridegestone Potenza RE750, PCM Reflashed, Lightning 80mm MAF, Auburn Pro Series Posi, 180 T-stat, Motorcraft AFWSFA22C Plugs, Gatorback Belt, Steeda Underdrive Pulleys, 2-1/4 exhaust from cats back,Edelbrock IAS Performer Shocks, MagnaFlows, ENS Poly Front & Rear Swaybar Bushings, ADTR Modified SVO Shorties, ADTR Hi-Flo Cat+X-Pipe System, Front lowering springs (1 1/2"), ADTR Ported Upper Intake
Best 1/4 - 15.039 @ 91.89 mph

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#186198 - 07/04/03 03:12 PM Re: Shock Install Price
metroplex Offline
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Registered: 11/13/00
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Loc: Motor City, USA
you can get about 13 qt of Amsoil ATF, a new filter and do the change yourself - this should last a good 50,000 to 75,000 miles even with towing. The Amsoil ATF is a full synth, Mercon-V at best is just a synth blend which breaks down above 180F and our tranny fluid usually sees about 190-200F in the summer with aggressive driving.

The Amsoil ATF meets and exceeds Ford's Mercon-V spec but also has a breakdown temperature that's way too high for our 4R70Ws to even reach so overheating the fluid is a non-issue, which means you can extend the interval up to 3 times.
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#186199 - 07/04/03 04:18 PM Re: Shock Install Price
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Registered: 08/04/01
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Holy Christ I just put that together:

"99.90 for a tranny flush. 49.90 for Mercon V full syn and 50.00 for labor"

Don't see a filter listed, so I'm betting they didn't even pull the pan. If they did, you'd probably be charged for a new gasket too. Change it yourself next time (don't buy a gasket either, until you know you need one) and you'll see what I mean.
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#186200 - 07/04/03 04:36 PM Re: Shock Install Price
daveinsa Offline
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Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1498
I'll go with Amsoil next time and do it myself. My car has 25k on it and I like to flush it every 25k. Might not need it, but Ilike to keep everything clean.

Dave
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Wedgewood Blue 2002 Crown Vic - P74 - LX Sport
54,500 miles, 255/50 Bridegestone Potenza RE750, PCM Reflashed, Lightning 80mm MAF, Auburn Pro Series Posi, 180 T-stat, Motorcraft AFWSFA22C Plugs, Gatorback Belt, Steeda Underdrive Pulleys, 2-1/4 exhaust from cats back,Edelbrock IAS Performer Shocks, MagnaFlows, ENS Poly Front & Rear Swaybar Bushings, ADTR Modified SVO Shorties, ADTR Hi-Flo Cat+X-Pipe System, Front lowering springs (1 1/2"), ADTR Ported Upper Intake
Best 1/4 - 15.039 @ 91.89 mph

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#186201 - 07/04/03 05:38 PM Re: Shock Install Price
playbackreks Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
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Go to Pep Boys, its only $12.50 to install each shock
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#186202 - 07/04/03 05:41 PM Re: Shock Install Price
playbackreks Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
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Shouldnt the labor be included in the price of the tranny flush since the flush IS the labor? Besides they just stick it on a machine anyway to do that
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#186203 - 07/04/03 07:00 PM Re: Shock Install Price
Anonymous
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wow you got screwed, I thought the total was $99.

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#186204 - 07/04/03 07:27 PM Re: Shock Install Price
daveinsa Offline
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Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1498
The total was $131. Just put new plugs in and cleaned the MAF sensor. That I do myself. I hate getting under cars, but at this rate I will from now on.
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Wedgewood Blue 2002 Crown Vic - P74 - LX Sport
54,500 miles, 255/50 Bridegestone Potenza RE750, PCM Reflashed, Lightning 80mm MAF, Auburn Pro Series Posi, 180 T-stat, Motorcraft AFWSFA22C Plugs, Gatorback Belt, Steeda Underdrive Pulleys, 2-1/4 exhaust from cats back,Edelbrock IAS Performer Shocks, MagnaFlows, ENS Poly Front & Rear Swaybar Bushings, ADTR Modified SVO Shorties, ADTR Hi-Flo Cat+X-Pipe System, Front lowering springs (1 1/2"), ADTR Ported Upper Intake
Best 1/4 - 15.039 @ 91.89 mph

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#186205 - 07/04/03 07:30 PM Re: Shock Install Price
Anonymous
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OH oki, still that still expensive, but at least not close to $200.

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#186206 - 07/04/03 08:06 PM Re: Shock Install Price
ole69 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/02
Posts: 4104
Loc: Miami, Fl, USA
I figured it musta been 49.90 for the filter,oil,and gasket and a $50/hr shop fee.
As far as the shocks read a body manual,Chiltons or whatever and see if it's beyond a Sunday afternoon in the driveway...
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