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1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 2dr



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A: Front Struts and Rear Shock Absorbers?

I also looked into prices online for the struts and shocks and they range anywhere from only $35.00 each for shocks clear up to a couple of hundred each (struts and shocks). I understand that part of a repair shop's way of making money is to charge more for parts than I would pay at say AutoZone or O'Reilly's. (I worked in the wholesale automotive parts business for five years.) That part doesn't bother me at all, I just want to be paying a fair price for fair work done.

Mechanic Q: Front Struts and Rear Shock Absorbers?

I would like to know what the hours required to install the front struts and the rear shocks in my car. I found the shock absorbers at .5 on here under maintenance and repairs but it doesn't list front struts for my car. The price that has been quoted to me with parts and labor is $665 and I just want to make sure that is around the proper amount before deciding to do it. They charge $80 an hour for labor.

A: Oil In Water?

National Auto kept all the parts for me including the ORIGINAL FORD rear main oil seal so that I can really go after Purrfect Auto tomorrow. It has FORD stamped right on it. The manager at National Auto also told me that they might have put brake fluid in the oil to slow down the leak and that's why I didn't see but small spots on the ground for the last three months.

A: Oil In Water?

You are right on. It is the intake manifold gasket. There was no water in the oil so I assume that's why it was only the intake manifold gasket. Thank you so much for your help. Along with a few other minor things, it's an $1125 job. Then attempting to get money back from Purrfect Auto on Ann Road here in Las Vegas for a rear main oil seal that they DID NOT DO! They cleaned it up, put some type of sealant on it and painted it silver to look as if it had been done and charged me $700. Needless to say, I'm all over that one! Thanks again for your help. Linda Stroup

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