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Old 05-10-2010, 03:33 PM
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Question Oil change at dealership(not so simple)

Hello all, I bought a 2007 Ranger 4x4 new, and have changed the oil every 3,000 miles at the dealer only. (to protect my warranty). I went for an oil change this afternoon and was told I need brake pads and rotors @ 350.00 and also my sway bar bushings need replacing.
My truck only has 24K on it, and at my last oil change with 21K my brakes inspected ok. I was hoping some of the forum members could advise me furter as I only ok'd the oil change. Thanks.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:36 PM
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LOL

theyre called stealerships for a reason. even if you did need pads, theyre 50 bucks and you can do them yourself, and you shouldnt need new rotors unless you slammed on the brakes and locked them up repeatedly. and as so the sway bar bushings, theyre full of shit.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:51 PM
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That's what I figured. When I asked the service rep (how my brakes could go from ok @ 21k, to needing new pads and rotors 3K later?) He said he was only reading what the tech recomended. Thanks Smakes!
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:15 PM
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They can't make you pay if you didn't ok the repairs.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:09 AM
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If I were you I would check the brakes yourself and if they do need to be replaced, just do it yourself or take it to a cheaper place.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:29 AM
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do 'em yourself

with minimal knowledge and hand tools.....you should be able to do them in an hour

if the rotors are still within specs, most auto parts stores should be able to turn them for 8-12 dollars a piece
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:33 AM
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Hello all, I bought a 2007 Ranger 4x4 new, and have changed the oil every 3,000 miles at the dealer only. (to protect my warranty). I went for an oil change this afternoon and was told I need brake pads and rotors @ 350.00 and also my sway bar bushings need replacing.
My truck only has 24K on it, and at my last oil change with 21K my brakes inspected ok. I was hoping some of the forum members could advise me furter as I only ok'd the oil change. Thanks.
I'm new to ford, but as an ex client of GM, their factory brakes are all gone by 15-20,000kms depending on usage (the materials are cheap as hell), hell my pads were grinding nice deep lines into my discs by 19k.

Often, techs are school drop-outs who got a training on basic repairs, they don't follow the checklists and just cross boxes as if they did. I tested two dealerships and got the same results.

Specialized oil change places aren't better, they just do the job quicker and charge less. I usually let them bullshit me about those 3 million points inspection, pay the oil change and do the checkup at home myself.

I don't know about your dealership, but almost all garages here don't re-surface discs anymore, are the discs included in the 350$? OR was the 350$ including the install on the pads and rotors? My dealership charges 99$/h, so it adds up fast...
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:58 AM
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I think they are trying to take you for a ride. Check those items out yourself and repair as necessary.

On having the stealership change the oil to protect your warranty: As long as you have proof that maintenance is being done, your warranty will be good not matter who does the maintenance.

Doing 3,000 mile oil changes is over kill, stick with what the owner's manual recommends for the type of driving you do and you'll be covered. While there is nothing wrong with doing oil changes early, it's kind of like using premium fuel. There is no realized benefit and you are spending extra money needlessly.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:18 PM
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My wife took her Element into the Honda dealership recently for a warranty repair. After they failed to catch the broken knock sensor connector that was causing a MIL light to light, they told her that she needs an oil change and new front struts, not because it's about that time, but because the drivers side is leaking and they usually just replace them in sets...

I had just changed the oil in March and it's still honey colored. The front struts behave normally and are covered in road grime but no fresh oil dampness to be seen.
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As everyone else said they are taking you for a ride... check out the how-to on pad installation and you can see what a good set should look like then check yours out yourself if you have any doubts.

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I'm new to ford, but as an ex client of GM, their factory brakes are all gone by 15-20,000kms depending on usage (the materials are cheap as hell), hell my pads were grinding nice deep lines into my discs by 19k.
Brake life depends greatly on driving habits and transmission. With a manual transmission my truck showed no wear on the pads after about 35K when I installed new ones.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:55 PM
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Brake life depends greatly on driving habits and transmission. With a manual transmission my truck showed no wear on the pads after about 35K when I installed new ones.
I guess ford hasn't gone cheap on parts like gm has then, my car was manual too.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:41 AM
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From what I've seen, everything is of decent quality from Ford. All the car manufacturer's have gone cheap on tires though. I haven't heard anyone that had anything good to say about OEM tires from any car maker.
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