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Old 08-02-2005, 10:01   #1 (permalink)
D.D. Palmer
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40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

I scheduled some service on my 2003 '03 Mountaineer V8 that will be 3 years
old on Sept 15th. I've never done anything under the hood except oil
changes, a fuel filter at 30,000 miles and an air filter.

The dealer suggests a tranny flush ($139) and a coolant drain and fill
($40). Or they can do a full coolant flush for $90, but he said that the
drain and fill (leaving some new coolant diluted with some old coolant) is
probably just fine at 40K miles. He said the differential doesn't need
service until 60K.

What do you guys think of both what was recommended and the prices quoted?
Seems about right and I've been OK with this dealer before, but I don't want
to overpay or underservice!


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Old 08-02-2005, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
Anthony Giorgianni
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

I think you should ignore the dealer and do whatever the owner's manual
recommends. Do whatever you can yourself - grease the headlights and rewind
the rubber band :O) - and have anything else done piecemeal. If you go for a
scheduled maintenance package, it will cost $10,000,000,000, and they'll
likely do stuff that doesn't need to be done and neglect stuff that needs to
be done.

Don't forget to check the lugnut torque. I never trust a dealer to get this
right.


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"D.D. Palmer" <ddpalmer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:CPydnYSlcP0YBHLfRVn-1g@comcast.com...
> I scheduled some service on my 2003 '03 Mountaineer V8 that will be 3

years
> old on Sept 15th. I've never done anything under the hood except oil
> changes, a fuel filter at 30,000 miles and an air filter.
>
> The dealer suggests a tranny flush ($139) and a coolant drain and fill
> ($40). Or they can do a full coolant flush for $90, but he said that the
> drain and fill (leaving some new coolant diluted with some old coolant) is
> probably just fine at 40K miles. He said the differential doesn't need
> service until 60K.
>
> What do you guys think of both what was recommended and the prices quoted?
> Seems about right and I've been OK with this dealer before, but I don't

want
> to overpay or underservice!
>
>



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Old 08-02-2005, 12:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

I agree and DO do it piecemeal, although I cannot do it myself. The owner's
manual is vague on servicing the transmission, but here in the steep hills
of Pittsburgh you are a fool to just ignore it.

"Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepostbacktothetgroup@postbacktogroup.invalid>
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>I think you should ignore the dealer and do whatever the owner's manual
> recommends. Do whatever you can yourself - grease the headlights and
> rewind
> the rubber band :O) - and have anything else done piecemeal. If you go for
> a
> scheduled maintenance package, it will cost $10,000,000,000, and they'll
> likely do stuff that doesn't need to be done and neglect stuff that needs
> to
> be done.
>
> Don't forget to check the lugnut torque. I never trust a dealer to get
> this
> right.
>
>
> --
> Regards,
> Anthony Giorgianni
>
> The return address for this post is fictitious. Please reply by posting
> back
> to the newsgroup.
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>
> "D.D. Palmer" <ddpalmer@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:CPydnYSlcP0YBHLfRVn-1g@comcast.com...
>> I scheduled some service on my 2003 '03 Mountaineer V8 that will be 3

> years
>> old on Sept 15th. I've never done anything under the hood except oil
>> changes, a fuel filter at 30,000 miles and an air filter.
>>
>> The dealer suggests a tranny flush ($139) and a coolant drain and fill
>> ($40). Or they can do a full coolant flush for $90, but he said that the
>> drain and fill (leaving some new coolant diluted with some old coolant)
>> is
>> probably just fine at 40K miles. He said the differential doesn't need
>> service until 60K.
>>
>> What do you guys think of both what was recommended and the prices
>> quoted?
>> Seems about right and I've been OK with this dealer before, but I don't

> want
>> to overpay or underservice!
>>
>>

>
>



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Old 08-02-2005, 23:01   #4 (permalink)
Ashton Crusher
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

On Tue, 2 Aug 2005 12:04:03 -0400, "D.D. Palmer"
<ddpalmer@hotmail.com> wrote:

>I scheduled some service on my 2003 '03 Mountaineer V8 that will be 3 years
>old on Sept 15th. I've never done anything under the hood except oil
>changes, a fuel filter at 30,000 miles and an air filter.
>
>The dealer suggests a tranny flush ($139) and a coolant drain and fill
>($40). Or they can do a full coolant flush for $90, but he said that the
>drain and fill (leaving some new coolant diluted with some old coolant) is
>probably just fine at 40K miles. He said the differential doesn't need
>service until 60K.
>
>What do you guys think of both what was recommended and the prices quoted?
>Seems about right and I've been OK with this dealer before, but I don't want
>to overpay or underservice!
>


Sounds about right for having it done at the dealer. It's also about
all you would need to have done at that mileage so I'm sensing an
honest dealer.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:01   #5 (permalink)
Steven Hilgendorf
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

Ashton Crusher wrote:

> On Tue, 2 Aug 2005 12:04:03 -0400, "D.D. Palmer"
> <ddpalmer@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>>I scheduled some service on my 2003 '03 Mountaineer V8 that will be 3 years
>>old on Sept 15th. I've never done anything under the hood except oil
>>changes, a fuel filter at 30,000 miles and an air filter.
>>
>>The dealer suggests a tranny flush ($139) and a coolant drain and fill
>>($40). Or they can do a full coolant flush for $90, but he said that the
>>drain and fill (leaving some new coolant diluted with some old coolant) is
>>probably just fine at 40K miles. He said the differential doesn't need
>>service until 60K.
>>
>>What do you guys think of both what was recommended and the prices quoted?
>>Seems about right and I've been OK with this dealer before, but I don't want
>>to overpay or underservice!
>>

>
>
> Sounds about right for having it done at the dealer. It's also about
> all you would need to have done at that mileage so I'm sensing an
> honest dealer.


In addition to the cooling system and trany services, I would have the
wheels rotated, balanced, and have the front end aligned, if you haven't
had it done in three years.

Good luck,

Steven
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Old 08-03-2005, 12:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

Why should he have the front end aligned without any indication of a
problem?

I've never had my front end aligned on my 92 XLT. Tire wear is perfect on my
Michelin LTX ATs. Isn't he simply taking a risk that the dealer will make a
good alignment bad?

Does Ford recommend tranny service for this vehicle at that interval? Does
anyone know what the manufacturer recommends for differential service for
this vehicle?



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>
> In addition to the cooling system and trany services, I would have the
> wheels rotated, balanced, and have the front end aligned, if you haven't
> had it done in three years.
>
> Good luck,
>
> Steven



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Old 08-03-2005, 13:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

1. I've had the vehicle aligned and tires rotated on a regular basis.

2. The business with the tranny service is yet another reason people get
disgusted and go Japanese. Here is what I mean: The service manual says to
have the tranny serviced at 30,000 or 40,000 miles (I forget) if you have
one of the following transmissions: (Then it lists 4 or 5 different tranny
designations by letter/number combo). How the heck am I or anyone else
supposed to know WHICH tranny is in my vehicle? And it doesn't say what to
do or when to do it if you have NONE of those trannys. Along with that they
have info for diesel engines (not even available in Explorer/Mountaineer).
So the bottom line is that they wanted to chisel yet another nickel by
printing ONE UNIVERSAL service manual for the entire Ford line. That leaves
little ol' me, the "average Joe", with the feeling that there is no real
schedule specific for my vehicle. Of course I could listen to the dealer and
pay thru the nose for a whole list of "inspections" and premature fluid
changes.

Why can't they just say to change the tranny fluid at XX,XXX miles, like
Toyota does? Hmmm...???




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> Why should he have the front end aligned without any indication of a
> problem?
>
> I've never had my front end aligned on my 92 XLT. Tire wear is perfect on
> my
> Michelin LTX ATs. Isn't he simply taking a risk that the dealer will make
> a
> good alignment bad?
>
> Does Ford recommend tranny service for this vehicle at that interval? Does
> anyone know what the manufacturer recommends for differential service for
> this vehicle?
>
>
>
> --
> Regards,
> Anthony Giorgianni
>
> The return address for this post is fictitious. Please reply by posting
> back
> to the newsgroup.
>
>>
>> In addition to the cooling system and trany services, I would have the
>> wheels rotated, balanced, and have the front end aligned, if you haven't
>> had it done in three years.
>>
>> Good luck,
>>
>> Steven

>
>



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Old 08-06-2005, 08:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

Try this.... http://www.genuinemercuryservice.com...lt.asp?page=Ea

for recommendations on what service you need. I didn't have a chance
to play with it a great deal but it seemed to change the schedule for
various abnormal conditions. Also its specific for your vehicle. If
you don't drive in one of those abnormal conditions listed, your
probably going to get the idea your dealer is being over zealous with
the service recommendations.

Enjoy.

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Old 08-07-2005, 16:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

That doesn't work with WINDOWS that has the security update.

"HerkyJerky" <FourCamV8@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Try this.... http://www.genuinemercuryservice.com...lt.asp?page=Ea
>
> for recommendations on what service you need. I didn't have a chance
> to play with it a great deal but it seemed to change the schedule for
> various abnormal conditions. Also its specific for your vehicle. If
> you don't drive in one of those abnormal conditions listed, your
> probably going to get the idea your dealer is being over zealous with
> the service recommendations.
>
> Enjoy.
>



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Old 08-07-2005, 20:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: 40K Service on 3 Yr Old Mountaineer V8

Darn. I've got XP with all the updates but service pack 2. I've got
to Ghost my drive before I load that mother. Anyway .... try changing
your Internet Explorer security options to a setting of "Medium".
Thats my default and it works fine. When I crank the security to
"Tight" its a no go. I bascially don't see any year, model, etc
options. Must be some script on that page thats trying to run. Don't
forget to set your security back to where it was after your done.

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