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Hosed ? #7268825 08/27/18 04:09 PM
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Have a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer,

The rear passenger side Outer Toe Compensator Link (es80056) disconnected at the wheel housing, I reattached it and drove it to the garage and asked them to check it, they just called, $223.00 WOW, OEM price of unit $62.00, High ? Or am I just getting too old. PM if you wish to remain hidden. Thanks

BTW, have built, owned and driven Baha's and driven road racers.


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I could help you....


Originally Posted By: Chunky Monkey
Never been to a camping world. I prefer Dick's to be honest.
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They’re getting a bit carried away in the labor I think.

That sounds like B&B. I’d check Rabes for a fair price. Both in Edgewood if you’re not familiar with them.

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Unless that includes an alignment. That would make the price right.

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Looks about right, has to be aligned afterwards.

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OK, I completely forgot about the alignment, duh


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Re: Hosed ? [Re: Hooker] #7272199 08/30/18 04:27 PM
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Got it fixed and picked up:

Tie rod end......... $139.95 (Oem price $63.00)
Labor............... $51.90

Paid, left and Never Again


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I hate to ask where.

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Taylors Auto in Canton






Used them a lot a few years ago, never again!

Need more work done on it, think I will ask Rabes for an estimate


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I've run 2 national chain shops in the last several years. Industry standard is 55-60% profit margin target on parts, slightly higher on labor. 50% margin (i.e. 100% markup) is pretty much the break-even in a modern shop in a good location. Unfortunately, the cost of the equipment and technology is high these days. An alignment machine and rack are upwards of $50,000. Takes a bunch of $79.99 alignments to make those pay, but you have to have them for any suspension and steering work.

Not making excuses, just stating the facts as I know them from my experience.





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