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1996 Ford Thunderbird LX 2dr



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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: 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: Oil In Water?

For three days I ran my car with the temp gauge going to the 1/2 way mark which is unusual for my car, it never goes over the 1/4 mark. I opened the hood and just looked at the overflow tank and it had plenty of water in it so I assumed the water/coolant was fine. I finally took it to my son on the third day (he's a mechanic) and he asked me if I ever looked at my engine. On the top radiator hose was a hole from rubbing up against the bolt on the air condition pulley. Mind you, my son was the one who replaced all my hoses not three months ago and admitted that he did a "rookie" move by not checking to see that the hose wasn't touching the bold and anything else. So, is my engine blown? What should I do to correct this? Flush the water system AGAIN? Help!!!

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.

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