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Old 24 Sep 2014, 09:55 am
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Default Well, Time for the old Fixer Up for the 08

Just made the appointment to get a pretty long list of Repairs & Fixes.

#1 Timing Belt, Idler, Tensioner, Water Pump & Drive Belts.
#2 Motor Mounts
#3 Oil Pan Gasket
#4 Wheel bearings (AGAIN) Shouldn't these last more than 20,000 miles?
#5 Alignment
#6 Tires
#7 Plugs & wire
#8 New Cooling fan
#9 Intermittent O2 sensor

I feel like I am buying a new car!!

2008 PT,, just turned 130,000 miles


This past spring we did
Brakes F & R
Control Arms
Ball Joints
Tie Rod Ends
Sway Bar Bushings


All things being equal in Philly,, I should be good for another 50-60,000 miles right?
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Old 24 Sep 2014, 11:23 am
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Default Re: Well, Time for the old Fixer Up for the 08

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Just made the appointment to get a pretty long list of Repairs & Fixes.

#1 Timing Belt, Idler, Tensioner, Water Pump & Drive Belts.
#2 Motor Mounts
#3 Oil Pan Gasket
#4 Wheel bearings (AGAIN) Shouldn't these last more than 20,000 miles?
#5 Alignment
#6 Tires
#7 Plugs & wire
#8 New Cooling fan
#9 Intermittent O2 sensor

I feel like I am buying a new car!!

2008 PT,, just turned 130,000 miles


This past spring we did
Brakes F & R
Control Arms
Ball Joints
Tie Rod Ends
Sway Bar Bushings


All things being equal in Philly,, I should be good for another 50-60,000 miles right?
If the bearings are not pushed in using the outside bearing race, the pressure will be on the ball bearings and will lead to the early demise of the bearing.
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Old 24 Sep 2014, 11:57 am
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Default Re: Well, Time for the old Fixer Up for the 08

I would put in a new thermostat with timing belt/water pump (good opportunity).
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Old 24 Sep 2014, 01:29 pm
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I would put in a new thermostat with timing belt/water pump (good opportunity).
Absolutely,, possibly the lower hose as well.
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Old 24 Sep 2014, 01:50 pm
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Default Re: Well, Time for the old Fixer Up for the 08

Make sure ground wires are installed on front spindles (static electricity can cause pitting of bearing race )
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Old 24 Sep 2014, 09:15 pm
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Sounds like you are putting a lot of mileage on compared to me.
All that sounds normal except the wheel bearings.
I'm on my 4th Cruiser, with never a wheel bearing issue on any of them!
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Old 25 Sep 2014, 12:46 pm
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It doesn't hurt to replace the coolant hoses, upper and lower radiator, heater (2), turbo coolant near head under charge hose.
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Old 26 Sep 2014, 12:17 pm
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Well,, interesting events so far.

Tires yesterday OMG what a nightmare.

It starts out with a newbie breaking the stem on the TPMS sensor.
Since he did it they replaced it N/C,, then rebuilt the other three.

Just before leaving he says ,, the light should go out in a few minutes (normally)

Well, 2 minutes down the road its still on, 4 minutes, 6 minutes, now getting close to 8 minutes I decide to pull off into a park, Shut off the car and restart.
Still on,, OK I'm going back.

All of a sudden the rear starts swaying weirdly,, then THUMPTHUMUMPTHUMP.
You guessed it Brand New Tire FLAT!! (Left Rear)
I never in my wildest dreams expected a flat tire after leaving! I mean really... He couldn't hear that when he was putting it on??

Stranded Roadside!

Anyway,

It gets better,, the jack was not in the trunk(my fault)
I call them,, they send a guy out to with a jack to put the the spare on and I follow them back.

While sitting on the side of the road I get out and look at it and noticed the guy never tightened the new sensor on the rim.. Floppy loose!!

So,, they put yet another new tire on and got us going again in just over an hour total.
Now I am not going to bad mouth the vendor because they did take care of everything however, when a place has a newbie working in the shop they really need to have an experienced shadow following them around to check their work!

Timing belt is scheduled for Weds Morning but after going to the shop today for a complete inspection & diagnostic for a couple other items on my list I am now VERY VERY reluctant to let these guys do the work.

They are very popular locally but also IMO absurdly expensive and most certainly trying to sell expensive repairs some of which have already been done recently!!!

The Quote for Timing Belt, Pump, Idler, Tensioner and drive belts $1446.87

Rattle-suspension related.

They claim lower control arms & tie rods are needed at just over $900.00
They are only 4500 miles old!! Had Moog parts put on when I had it done.

I stopped at another place, he checked it,, The only problem was the sway bar bushings!!

Radiator Fan,, they quoted $895.00 ??? $300 for just the fan??


They also quoted the lower mount,, that dog-bone one under the car,, again nearly 900.00!!

So,, now I am trying to rethink where to go,, I know they have a lot of local praise but "Really" Quoting un-needed repairs and over inflating the parts costs has me just a tad PO'd

not having a great day off today!!

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Old 26 Sep 2014, 12:38 pm
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The Quote for Timing Belt, Pump, Idler, Tensioner and drive belts $1446.87

Anywhere between $1000 to $1400 is about the average price other users have posted....a few got it done for $800.
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Old 26 Sep 2014, 12:43 pm
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Anywhere between $1000 to $1400 is about the average price other users have posted....a few got it done for $800.
Yep,, I searched it,, my concern is more about the prices he quoted just generally speaking..
The timing belt job is on the higher side of ball park.

The other Items are really crazy! Especially the ones I had done already,, I mean what the heck,, The only items on the front end not changed in the last 5000 miles are the sway bar bushings & the lower mount.
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