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Old 05-05-2009, 08:47 PM
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I don't know the guys working at Meineke, but it's a muffler shop, right? You need to find a first rate, well respected auto shop that has good mechanics. Most of the time they won't be part of a chain - there might be 2 or 3 locations in the city you live in - depending on the size - but nothing like Midas, Meineke, Brake Masters, etc. . .

As some people for referrals - your Dad, Uncle, Brothers, etc. You want an independent repair shop that's been around for a while. It'll probably cost you $50 or so to look at it / scope it. The good ones don't work for free.
I agree take it to a good independent shop.
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ive looked on the web and phone book, and i couldnt find any around here. they are mostly collision repair/painting. im just trying to see what 3 people say....so far ive got 2 different mecahics saying different things. meineke says they do :

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ive looked on the web and phone book, and i couldnt find any around here. they are mostly collision repair/painting. im just trying to see what 3 people say....so far ive got 2 different mecahics saying different things. meineke says they do :

Exhaust
Brakes
Steering
A/C
CV Joints / Boots
General Maintenance
I don't know your individual situation so if I step on anything sensitive please forgive me.

Ask your Dad, your Uncles, folks that have been around for a while. Teachers you respect, etc. Sometimes the best mechanics work for the local Shell station. Sometimes they work for 'Advanced Automotive' or Thunderbird Automotive' or something like that.

I'm not that ancient - only 50 - but I've got a daughter who is 19 away in college whom I cherish. I know I can bring her car into my local trusted mechanic and say: "My baby is driving this car - give it the once over and let me know what we need to fix". And the guys at Thunderbird Automotive in Phoenix will do just that. They won't bullspit me -- they'll give me the honest scoop. Sometimes they say "it's working great - doesn't need anything'. Other times there are problems which i need to get fixed. Irregardless -- I trust them. This is the type of people you need to find to take care of your precious truck.

Understand?
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i took it to meineke today. the guy test drove then looked at it, then he showed me the ball joints and how they wer worn and the shocks and steering stabalizer, and the u joints. he said it needs to be replaced soon. I took my truck to the dealer and they said the only thing they found wrong with it was the u-joint. (BS) soo i dont know. suprisingly..mieneke said the same thing midas did...except without the pinion seal leak. mieneke is also 300$ more expensive to fix.

lower ball joints(2)
upper ball joints(2)
Front axle u-joint (2)
Rancho steering stabalizer
Sensa track shock(x4)
pinion seal

is the rancho steering stabalizer a good choice? or are the other ones out there for a good price? same with the shocks...how are the sensa track shocks? would they be good for this truck or no? would i want something better?
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What kind of dealer? New Car (brand)? Used Car?
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My cheap .02 cents, I personally avoid the "chain" shops like the plague. We have some down here, one is a local chain, but it has been very difficult to find a dealer that has a technician that either a) knows how to do the job and/or b) has the right tools to do the job and doesn't end up breaking something else in order to fix the original problem! Lucky for me, I have a very good friend who is ASE certified whom I trust completely, and is the only opinion besides mine that I can rely on. Seems that those who have already weighed in on this subject have some good advice, but I would have a tough time trusting someone who didn't see those problems until someone else pointed them out. That would leave me scratching my head and questioning their certification?
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What kind of dealer? New Car (brand)? Used Car?
Again - I think this is important. If this is a regular car dealer with a service department - they are supposed to have the best mechanics around - all ASE certified. If chain shops are seeing and showing you problems that their mechanics can't see - you have a problem - they're lying to you.

Did you get the warranty (30 days, right) in writing? You'll need to make sure you get documentation on everything - also need to keep notes of your conversations.

You'll need to file a complaint with the better business bureau and look into filing a claim in small claims court. I would also suggest calling the fraud department of you states Attorneys General office and talk with them.

I would be right up front with the dealer - give them copies of the estimates from the two repair shops. Have the dealer fix what he is willing to fix - but have documentation that you gave him the estimates from the other two mechanics and your expectation is that he honor the warranty and re-inspect the truck.
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