Re: Steering wheel return
Wow. Thanks Jim. 6 hours is $600. But, you know, the truck might be 25 years
old, but she still looks good and runs good, and I need her. My other car is
a '93 5.0 and as you know, they are scary in the rain and are down right
deadly in the snow - but sooo much fun in the summer, I could never sell
The steering is ironically a little better today, but I'm sure it'll go back
to scary again. So I guess the thing to do is bit the bullet and do
everything while under there. Not my first choice - yes I am typically a fix
it WHEN broken guy - but I understand these 4WDs are pretty brutal to work
on. Hell, I might just throw a 6" lift in there and some 35s at the time.
Why not? hahaha!
Thanks again Jim, you're always a great source of info in this group.
"Jim Warman" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Brad, it's been so long since I've worked on the twin I-beam set-ups I
> really remember - but the kids truck needs the front end gone through
> The really bad part about these is once a tech gets into them, there are
> many things to consider and they can all drive the costs up. Questions
> you'll need to ask yourself... do you do only the affected side and wait
> the other side to go? Do you do both sides? Repack the front wheel
> while in there? How about the brakes - are they getting close? Would the
> rotors need machining or replacing? The spindle bearings can take quite a
> beating... should we replace them or hope that cleaning and repacking will
> be good? The center joint (on the right side of the diff.) likes to sieze
> and is impossible to diagnose until you get there....it's possible to
> this joint without removing the diff. but it takes a certain amount of
> finesse to do it in car without breaking stuff. Has mother nature been
> to the front end or is it going to be a rusty nightmare? Are the ball
> Given that the truck is 25 years old and I'm not sure if it's your pride
> joy or if it's a huntin' truck beater, may colour your decision.... I can
> only suggest taking it to a shop that is familiar with 4X4s and getting a
> written estimate.... you might even want it priced out both ways....simple
> fix and worst case scenario...
> Cost-wise, labour rates vary across Canada way too much to accurately give
> dollar signs....I'd expect 2 or 3 hours to do one joint... 6 hours or so
> the full meal deal.
> Sorry I can't be any more help than that....