my indepentant mech said it was a wheel bearing and that he didn't have the tools to fix it.
So I took it in to the dealer for a bearing fix. I get an estimate around $900.00 to change-out axle seals, lube the slip yoke and to replace the front disk calipers etc. Bearings are fine they say. Whoa!
I asked too many questions of the service writer-so he let me actually speak with the ford tech.
The tech told me that the axle seals needed replacement (making the slow speed noise I complained about), the bearing was fine and the calipers were out of true by 0.070"-which made a high speed noise. Also said the yoke needed disassembled and a special lube-to stop noise when I stopped.
Back to service wrirter: I instructed them to just do seals and yoke and that I would take brake issue to my indy as he had done them a while back.
Get a call to come pick it up and to bring $460.00
I get down there and the bill is only $360.00.?? I pay it and as I am waiting for truck to come out-I look over bill. No where does it say seals were replaced. Odd. The bill is confusing.
So after I get into billing details with writer(different than one who wrote the work), he calls original writer at home and says tech said didn't actually need to have seals replaced afterall-just lube/oil/filter/fluids and yoke lube. Invoice was wrong! I got a credit back of $200.00 plus!
So I got a final revised bill of $130.00 out the door. The clunking I had always thought was tranny went away. Must have been the yoke being dry after 8 years of life.Cool. Glad that is fixed.
So now I'm looking into a kit for brake upgrade. Anyone have a good upgarde kit to recommend? I do see the Cryo Powerslot kit-yet I wonder if slotted calipers make sense for a 4X4. No mudding- but I ford an occasional stream and run trails in the dessert. Might have rain and ice time to time. Slotted OK?