Hello, and thanks for your help which is greatly appreciated. I have a 2001 Ford Escort with 106000 miles on it. I haven't had any problems with this car until recently when it died on me. The car was making a loud knocking noise under the hood since that morning but I continued to drive it. Soon it just turned off. I had the car towed to the nearest Ford service station and when they told me what was wrong it seemed like they were scamming me. First, the reason while the car stopped and was knocking was because of a timing belt. They also recommended I get a new serpentine belt. Then they told me I needed both tie rod ends in the front replaced badly. I think this might be true because when driving the front wheels made a loud noise, but I was told those were wheel bearings by a friend. Also they said I needed new spark plugs because the old ones had oil on them from me trying to start the car after it died. Finally at the end of all this the mechanic told me this would all total out to be $1100. I would like to know if these charges are true to what they told me. If possible can you tell me how long it takes to replace all these parts (labor), because I know the parts are cheap. Thankyou for your time. -Elizabeth D.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 AT 9:59 PM