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98 Dodge 1500, 318 Problems


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Default Re: 98 Dodge 1500, 318 Problems

Buffing is not the problem. The environment is what kills them. Some kits have some kind of witches toilet water to redo the coating. I wonder if a good uv car wax would work just as well?

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Spraying with clear paint buys some time.
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Just to update, new headlights are holding up great. Truck is just about on 300,000

I actually never bought a "kit" to do the headlight on that focus. I didn't like the car enough to blow that kind of money on it!
I have some stuff called "Timesaver" compound that is supposed to be used to help fit Babbitt bearings. I used some of it with car wax and the lens would clean right up for a while and go back to gungy.
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oh the joy! Ball JOINT time.
Found Moogs on ebay for 139 delivered. Gota rent the tool next week and put them in.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:42:33 PM
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The 139 1's were wrong,sent them back. 212 for the correct set,Advance wanted 375 for the same parts!
Rented a tool and had alot of trouble doing the job. turns out the dang tool was splayed out and wouldn't stay straight on the thing.
Finally got it. Local shop wanted 300 bucks labor. It took us several hours on the first 1. getting the tools,figuring out the spacer tube was to long and so on.The second 1 didn't take quite 2 hours.
The truck had been squeaking when going down the road. No wonder. The ball joints were either the factor 1's or had been put in before 90,000 miles and mopar parts were used. Those joints were SHOT.
We did the front brakes and packed bearings while we were in there. Should be good for a while now.
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my 98 dodge farm truck has the squeaks too. I've been putting off the ball joints for a while now but I think I'll tackle them this winter. My local front end shop wanted $500 parts and labor. it may be a cheaper route once my labor gets figured in
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There is another brand I see alot of that starts with a M and has blue colored boots on them that is about half the price of Moog and folks I talked to seem to think they were as good. As long as they have a grease fitting I would be happy. there are some much cheaper no name 1's on ebay but my dad being a mechanic his whole life wanted Moog or nothing, so at 83,you just get what it takes to make him happy.
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. there are some much cheaper no name 1's on ebay but my dad being a mechanic his whole life wanted Moog or nothing, so at 83,you just get what it takes to make him happy.
I do not blame him!
Imagine you unknowingly got some made in China and later on one separated at speed.
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According to my local NAPA more than half of the Moog stuff is now chin made. They delight in sending things back that isn't right.
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...front end shop wanted $500 parts and labor. it may be a cheaper route once my labor gets figured in
My advice, just pay to get it done.

As a point of reference, took my 2006 3/4 ton 4x4 to a local shop for ball joints. The man said bring it in (with the parts I supplied) at 8AM, we will probably be done by 2PM, labor is $150. Got there at 2, and they don't have one side done yet. Late the next evening, it was done. He still charged $150 labor and said it was the last Dodge he will ever do.
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