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Ray - San Jose 10-01-2010 12:48 PM

Front end worn out at 35k
 
Apparently my track bar is worn out, inner drag link is shot, and so is my drivers side tie rod end. They can't align my rig with the current parts. The shop wanted to charge me $707 to replace the parts and align it. No friggin way! I took the rig back without repairs. I can get stock parts from Quadratec for 1/4 the price and put em in myself.

Since I'm doing this myself, is there better components that will last longer than the stock parts? 35k miles seems like an awful short lifespan for a front end.

Jerry Bransford 10-01-2010 12:56 PM

It sounds to me your shop was just looking to make some extra $$$ off you. The TJ's front-end components don't wear out at only 35K miles. Quadratec's prices are unsurpassed... which means no one sells parts for more than Quadratec does. I'd first determine if anything is really in need of a bushing, etc. before doing anything else. I wouldn't trust what they told you.

ParaCAD 10-01-2010 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford (Post 797249)
It sounds to me your shop was just looking to make some extra $$$ off you. The TJ's front-end components don't wear out at only 35K miles. Quadratec's prices are unsurpassed... which means no one sells parts for more than Quadratec does. I'd first determine if anything is really in need of a bushing, etc. before doing anything else. I wouldn't trust what they told you.

As in 2nd and 3rd opinion, you must go get. :)

DevilDogDoc 10-01-2010 02:04 PM

Wow I have 140000 on mine and have replaced the tie rod. Drives great no issues at all.

Ray - San Jose 10-01-2010 02:20 PM

Their line was that Dodges have weak front ends. I'm going to check the parts out myself when I get a chance. Probably just do a driveway alignment.

Hostile JEEP T.J 10-01-2010 02:44 PM

NO!!! Unless you have done some serious HARDCORE WHEELIN, then those parts should not be worn out!! I agree with Jerry, sounds like they were trying to bend you over bro!! I'd definately check them yourself first. If they do so happen to bend worn out then you can get them cheap through quadratech and there an easy fix!! Me I fix everything on my jeep and my tundra, well not my tundra right now cause it's new so I better not be wrenching on it yet unless I'm doing add ons (LMAO), but I don't trust anyone wrenching on my jeep unless it's me or a trust worthy friend. But it will give you good practice to do it yourself! But I doubt all those parts are out on your front end with only 35k on it! Good luck

HOSTILE,

Ray - San Jose 10-02-2010 09:12 PM

There's nothing wrong with those front end components. I did an alignment myself and checked all of the ball joints and they are all good. Decent resistance to twisting and no play or lateral movement. I lubed em up again since I had the front tires off. I usually lube them every oil change. My tow in was almost 0, so added a hair over 1/8" toe over 30". Took her for a ride, and she drives like a champ.

Bruce's Tire in San Jose has lost my business for trying to give me the business.

MCE Mike 10-03-2010 02:28 PM

When I was 16 yrs old and had just bought the Jeep, a place down the road was advertising free alignment checks. I figured it couldn't hurt since I wanted my expensive brand new BFG ATs to last. The shop told me that all of the tie rod ends on the tie rod and drag link were shot and the Jeep couldn't be aligned. $400 would get them all replaced and then the Jeep could be aligned (basically what the shop told you Ray - San Jose). Luckily I was in my forst semester of autoshop class with a very good teacher. I asked him how I could check them myself. About 30 seconds with a pry bar later, all was said to be fine.

10 years and about 100,000 miles later, after countless wheeling trips with 33s and about a year with 35s, I finally put in a Currie system. But all the OE tie rod ends were still good except for the one at the pitman arm, which had a small amount of play by that point.

Jerry Bransford 10-03-2010 02:37 PM

If after you check your front end Ray you determine there is nothing really wrong with your front end, I would report that shop to the Better Business Bureau.

burton160w 10-03-2010 02:41 PM

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Quadratec's prices are unsurpassed... which means no one sells parts for more than Quadratec does.
:rofl:

But seriously, give 'em a few negative reviews around Google too. Nothing worse then a dirty mechanic in the auto business.


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