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I have a 2007 Ford F-150............Friday the driveshaft snapped in half going down a driveway. I got it towed to Monro, because they have always been good to me. $1400 later, only because I had a 10% off coupon, my driveshaft was replaced. I got the truck back the same day, while others where I inquired were saying no earlier than Tuesday next week. The whole thing had to be replaced, so it was not able to be pieced out. I thought it was fair because Ford said the part was like $1050 plus tax. I realize people have to make a living. Saturday the truck ran like a champ! Sunday not so much. Would'nt start no matter how many F bombs I dropped. Today towed it back to Monro. Fuel pump is shot.................$854 out the door. Should my butt hurt as bad as it does? This one feels like they are sticking it to me. Not to mention he said $1100 at first over the phone and I said, "YOU GOTTA BE F-ING KIDDING ME"! Any advice out there is appreciated. I have already heard the problem is that its a Ford cracks. Its hard to trust a shop out there for me. Conrads bent me over so many times, Im hunch backed.
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You need to find a place that is locally owned and has a good rep. That would save you a couple hundred right there. The drive shaft is a couple hour job plus parts and a fuel pum is the same as long as you have access to a lift.
1400 for the drive shaft isn't bad as long as the used ford parts.
Thanks. I was thinking the same thing. Im going to check out some of the Mom/Pop shops so to say around my house. Go in, and introduce myself and see what they are all about. My main problem was that the truck was not driveable, so I had to tow it somewhere. My only other options were people that I did'nt know. One of which was someones house. I need my truck to make money, so I wanted to get it back quick. All the reactions that I got out of the fuel pump cost, made me wonder how bad Im taking it on this. All I know how to do is put gas in it. I can do anything to your house, but zero mechanical skills. So if the fuel pump is a couple hour job, thats 200. I know they have to mark up the part, because they have to go get it. Im fine with that. I just hope the part was in the 500 range or more. I cant look up the cost because I dont know my wheelbase or VIN. Not sure I want to look it up after its all said and done. I do not need a reason to drink. I like beer reguardless.
Fuel pump depends on labor. I've replaced them a couple times and most vehicles they are in the bottom of the fuel tank. So your fuel tank has to come out, lines unhooked, and the whole sending unit removed to get to the fuel pump. It mostly is just time consuming to get to the fuel pump and then reassemble. Your truck is probably getting to the age where there is a fair amount of rust on most of those underbelly connections, if your in the rust belt. I would say it is a bit high, but not unreasonable. Guess I have never paid someone to do my fuel pump but spent $600 last year having a new distributor installed in my chevy, the distributor was $130, and comes right up out, most cost was labor to retime the engine.
They did..............I can live with that one. I heard from several sources that it was a bad design and not serviceable for that driveshaft. They marked it up 10% or so. I got my truck back that night and worked the following day. I just hope this is not the trickle effect and Im there every week now. I can get a good deal on a GMC Sierra through my father in law, but this is my 4th F-150 and the 1st Im doing more than maintenance on.
Thank you. 90,000 miles and possibly getting traded in.
I'm lucky in that my dealership(s) are really good where I bought my cars. There used to be horror stories about dealers, and may still be in some cases, but I've found them to not only be competitive but better than local places.
You get original parts without waiting for it to come in and their labor costs are competitive.
Compared to Monroe or NTS, I'd go with the dealer every time.
Just my two cents.
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My dealer has been good to me in terms of buying or leasing vehicles. HAMMERED me on service. I know they were good to me because I made them sweat during each transaction and my father in law approved what I got done. He is in the business and is totally negative about everything............EVERYTHING!
I don't know how much of it was parts or labor, but I will say that everything I have witnessed as well as been told is to not skimp on the price of a fuel pump. The cheap ones just don't last. And they never quit at a "good" time. I am curious though what made the driveshaft break? Those don't just normally break on their own. I would agree with the above poster, find a good local shop. I would say, if nothing else, they would've found you a good used driveshaft cheap. New u joints and ready to go. Used would be fine. Like I said they don't normally do that, so its probably either a fault with the original shaft, or there is another problem that caused it. I believe a good small local shop would have helped with that. JMO.
I literally backed out of a driveway so a homeowner could get here car out. I put it in drive, crossed the street, and it sounded and felt like I had a flat tire. I was going 5 miles an hour and the driveshaft was basically in 2 pieces. The tow driver and a mechanic said that truck is famous for bad driveshafts and cant believe they have not had a recall. If I stop posting its because I had a nervous breakdown. I just called Monro and they replaced the gas pump. The truck still wont start. If I had hair it would all be on the ground or on this keyboard right now.
I just wonder if they checked that $5 relay first... Or just decided to replace parts.
I just wonder if I have to pay for them trying to find out whats wrong, when they fixed what they thought was wrong. What a GD NIGHTMARE! This is a position that I am rarely in. I like to have a new vehicle under warranty. I am just seeing dollar signs rolling and rolling fast.
Chad, you can ask for the fuel pump pressure readings. They should have hooked up gauges and tried to crank your truck. That is what would tell them the fuel pump lost pressure. Bad thing is its in the tank so you can't look to see if its new.
They actually could have just replaced the crank or cam sensor.
Next time your vehicle craps out get someone to hook up an OBD2 scan tool. You can google the code and it gives you an idea of what's wrong.
Make sure you keep a new fuel filter on your truck about every 15,000 miles. Nasty fuel filters are what tears up the pumps. Makes the pump work its ass off.
Update: They just called and said the fuel control module is fried. He said taking off the spare to get to it was a pain in the ass. I believe him because I have done it 2 times myself. Youtubed it and replacing it is as easy as it gets. This guy wants no part of me if his labor cost is 3 hours........2 bolts and plug it in. Besides the fact that he called me at 6:10 and thinks he will have it done before 7. Math was my best subject. Again, I appreciate the fact people have to make money. I just dont want to be pillaged. I always treat customers fair and half the time talk them out of work, because I dont think what they want is necessary.
Just can't do it same day
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The damage is done. Talked him down to $800 for fuel pump and fuel module. He drove it off the rack and asked me if I smelled burning rubber. I said yes and there is ZERO chance that I take this home and call AAA for a third time in 5 days. Figure it out tomorrow. Im starting to think that I should buy a tow truck.
Have you checked these guys with the BBB?
Negative. I was in a bind and I did'nt know where to take the rig. They have always been cool for oil changes, tires, and such.............
I just get leery, I work for Peterbilt, I rarely see this type of thing happen, it has happened but it is rare. Our rep means too much to not look everything over good the first time
Pretty sure this mechanic was less concerned about his rep, and more concerned about getting out of there and throttling back 30 beers. Nothing wrong with the latter, but if I need a 3rd tow, there is going to be a real problem.
Well Dude, we've known each other for 2 years, next time you need help pm me or call me.
Thanks man, I really appreciate it!
Any thing for someone that potentially as lethal to them self as I am to myself. We still got to get together and let our wives share stories and make fun of us
Chad, I did some Google(ing) and it seems like the 800 bones you laid down for the fuel pump isn't too bad. A quick search through some forums showed people paying over a grand for replacement.
The way I see it is that anytime you have to have work done on your vehicle..... it's too expensive. The bastards always rape us on labor, they get away with it because they know that the average Joe can't do it themselves.
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