Austin, TX: Ranger Mechanics? - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Suspension Tech General discussion of suspension for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-06-2008
slowrey's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 216
Austin, TX: Ranger Mechanics?

Hey everyone, I'm a new owner of a 98 Ford Ranger. Recently I was in St. Louis visiting my father since he was giving me his truck. We had the dealer locally check out the truck and they mentioned I needed new Shackles and Shackle Brackets plus leaf springs. Unfortunately they couldn't get it done before I left but I purchased the parts before I left on the road.

So I took it to Maxwell Ford locally in Austin and got a quote for replacement of the shackles, shackle brackets, and leaf springs, letting them know that the rivets may have to be ground off and that the gas tank will have to be dropped. They quoted me 2 hours.

I just got a call from the dealer stating that the mechanic is quoting now 7-8 hours for the whole she bang and that replacing the shackle brackets is the most time consuming project. He said they didn't need to be replaced however, I'm not 100% sure if it's true or if he's just lazy.

So the question is, I've got the shackle brackets to replace and does anyone know any good but inexpensive places for me to go to get the rivets ground off and the shackle brackets replaced? I'm tired of going to the dealership....
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-07-2008
slowrey's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 216
No Austinites here?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-07-2008
RangerNVS's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Temple, TX
Posts: 1,341
why do the bracket's need to replaced. I'm up in Austin which is about 6 hours north of you. Leaf springs and shackles are not a problem. In fact we were planning on doing a meet in Witchita Falls, TX which is 5 hours north from you. I have air at the house with impacts...we could do the springs and the shackles with no problem. The bracket's I can't believe are bad.....it would take alot for those to be shot. If you have some or could take some pictures of the problem bracket's we could make more of a synopsis...(sp?)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-07-2008
08XLT4x4's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (7)
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: bomba shack
Posts: 3,257
yeah, lets see some pics.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-08-2008
AgPete139's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Houston
Posts: 408
Misdiagnosed? Some people just don't understand rangers, too.

It's just time consuming for the rivets.

How bad are the shackles?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want to Buy: Ford Mechanics Shirt joldtown Miscellaneous Items 7 01-12-2010 12:10 AM
Got my truck back from the mechanics. Jimmeh 4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech 20 12-01-2008 08:30 PM
Mechanics books? Bailey General Technical & Electrical 9 06-09-2004 09:22 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:27 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.