Noob needs help
Just joined today and have been looking around. Looks like a great place. I'm still looking through different threads and exploring the site. I apologize in advance if this thread is in the wrong place.
I bought a 98 Ranger 2WD, MT at what I thought was a great price (now I know if something sounds too good to be true it probably isn't) at $700.00 from a private seller.
The seller told me that the rear brakes need to be replaced ASAP and not to drive too far with them on because they are leaking brake fluid and are in real bad shape. The hub (I think that is what it is called) is stuck onto the wheel and would not come off. I took the truck to nearest automotive shop (PEP Boys)that I could find because I really do not know what I am doing when it comes to cars.
They couldn't get the tire/wheel off because it was stuck on there. They finally heated it up and got it off. They say that I need to replace the whole rear brake assembly on both sides- basically everything. They are also saying that I need to replace the rear axle.
The price for the complete rear brake system that they are quoting me is 1k. They don't have a quote for the rear axle yet. They did say that labor for the rear axle alone is about $450.00.
I left the shop and told them to call me once they find out prices. In the meantime, I have been worried sick trying to see what my options are. I've been looking at used rear axles online and from the pics I see it seems that the rear axles already come complete from 'drum to drum' Am I wrong in assuming that's all I would need? Could I just buy a used rear axle and have them install it and forego all the extra crap that they want to do to the rear brakes/installing new parts? The prices I have seen range from 300-800 on the net for a drum to drum rear axle.
Can someone please offer me some advice. I apologize also for the long post.
bought a cheap 98 ranger.
turns out the rear brakes and axle are screwed up and needs to be replaced.
PEP boys is hosing me IMHO.
Need options, opinions, help.
Thanks in advance to all.
Last edited by ggesq; 05-29-2009 at 08:28 PM.