Vehicle problems--Auto Mechanics Help!

10/27/06 @ 5:07 AM
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big mac
big mac
MEMBER since 2/19/02
I looked for a current thread on this subject, but there was none started.

My dilema, I have a 2003 Chevy Silverado pick up, the tach has not worked properly for about 6 months and now the speedometer does not work properly. I called the dealership, and he said I might need a whole new insturment cluster, that sounds costly. My question is this, is this the only way to fix it, and does anybody out there have or had a similar problem, and what did you do,

Thank you, Big Mac77

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6/16/17 @ 5:16 PM
Mr.Seaguar
Mr.Seaguar
USER since 2/5/05

Anyone ever put a vinyl wrap on a vehicle? I have a 1998 S10 Blazer that I would like to cover up the liver spots  and vandalism. 

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5/29/17 @ 10:59 PM
LIL MAN
LIL MAN
USER since 5/20/08

order the parts from Rock Auto online they cheap and do the labor yourself its about a half a day then just take it in for a front end alignment. 


Edited on 5/29/17 11:00 PM
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5/29/17 @ 6:49 AM
countyline
countyline
USER since 1/2/13

BT,


Jack up the front tires. Put one hand under the tire, one on top. Pull with bottom hand, push with top. Repeat in reverse. No movement ball joints good. If there is movement, the amount of it will determine what stage of wore out they are at.

Any major cupping of your front tires?

Acceleration and braking shaking would be felt on tire rod ends. 

Google dodge death wooble. 


Ball joints  are more apt to fail at low speeds, and turns in parking lots per say. It will feel as if turning on dry pavement with the 4 wheel drive engaged. They can and will also at higher speeds.  

At 177000 you are at the point were the life expectancy maybe due.

1200 bucks to replace is not that bad. You'll get another 150k out of it.  If it were to only last a year it's still cheaper than payments. 

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5/26/17 @ 6:04 AM
12packabs
12packabs
USER since 12/19/06

Bobber boy,

I had a similar issue with a 2012 Silverado a few years back...turns out it was a part in the rear differential that was broken...can't remember exactly what, but it it was a cleanly broken metal component in the differential....not the transmission.  Cost me about $1500 to replace it at the time. 

FYI

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5/25/17 @ 4:23 PM
Bobberboy
Bobberboy
USER since 12/11/03

I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 4x4, 169m miles.  Turned key on yesterday & truck showed it was in 4 wheel low.  Look @ switch, it is in 2WD.   Turn button through all modes, no change. Shift into reverse & I don't move, shift into drive, does not move.   Put it Neutral, get out of truck & try to push it, can't even budge it..  Obviously something locked up in the transfer case or somewhere.   Anyone out there have this happen or have any thoughts . 

Bought truck brand new .All I can say is as soon as I hit 150m miles, many problems started. 

Just fyi for you ram owners out there.   

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5/23/17 @ 3:36 PM
split shot
split shot
USER since 6/19/01

I surprised by all these problems you guys are listing about tie rods or ball joints. I've owned and drove cars that in total have at least 1million miles. Ive rep[ace clutch friction plates, all brake components, belts, and all kind of minor stuff. (I did replace a heater core on a Mazda 3 - should have just junked that car). I've never had a problem with steering components. 

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5/23/17 @ 2:58 PM
hockeyguy39
hockeyguy39
USER since 8/24/07

That estimate is also incorporating shop labor which is the majority of most any service bill.  Parts aren't that much from what I recall when I had my father in law do my front end years ago, so you could probably get it done for substantially less. If you look around, I'm sure you can find someone willing to do it for cash. Or offer a day on the water on here. I'm sure you'd get a bite or two.

Things go bad in a hurry when they're already having issues. On an icy road during a snow storm this coming winter would be a bad time to stuck there thinking "You know, I should have replaced those in May."

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5/23/17 @ 2:41 PM
Mr.Bass1984
Mr.Bass1984
USER since 6/12/10

Tie Rods and Ball Joints can make you lose steering control if they break at high speeds, however in my opinion before they break there is usually some obvious symptom like shaking when letting off the gas(tie rods), or vibrations (ball joints), or clunking squeaking noises (both).  I'd say your mechanic is just giving you a heads up that those parts are starting to show signs of wear.  Both parts generally do fail eventually and won't last as nearly as long as the engine.  If you don't believe the mechanic you should be able to just crawl under and check both parts yourself.  Both are very easy to find.

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5/23/17 @ 2:01 PM
Poison
Poison
USER since 3/2/10

What's a pederast Walter?

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5/23/17 @ 1:54 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

The truck will not be sold to some unsuspecting anyone.  I am giving it to my dad to use as a wood/rock hauler and boat launcher for him and all of our friends on the lake up north.  He's well aware of the ball joints.

I'm sure that there are people that would go with buyer beware but I'm not wired that way.  When we had the unfortunate situation of a sex offender (pederast!)being placed in the house next door to our old house, we instantly put it on the market.  Upon finding out that the couple that had put in an offer had children, and didn't do their due diligence of checking the sex offender registry (which is clearly suggested in the offer contract) my wife and I had our realtor inform them.  We lost the sale but couldn't have lived with ourselves had we done that to someone with little kids.  Ain't worth the bad Karma.

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