Well, let me see. Timing belt, I don't really know, I've never owned a car with a timing belt, plus I don't know how involved a procedure it is to get to it. But I'm thinking you're probably way overdue, at 106k, for a belt change. Should be in your owners manual the service interval for that belt. Tierods, Ford cars have had a lot of issues with tierods, both outers and inners, once again at 106k, I wouldn't doubt that all are worn. Serpentine belts, another wear item with your mileage. Oil on sparkplugs, I don't know why there would be oil on the plugs unless your engine has worn internal parts, however if you can't remember the last time the plugs were done, it's time. As for the 1100 price tag, remember, the parts won't be cheap because you will be paying the dealer's price for them, don't know what labor rates are per hour, or the flat rate, but neither will be cheap. One other thing, if the bearings in the front are bad, sometimes they can damage related pieces and cost mucho dinero, I had an 87 Taurus with a bad bearing, put one in, it failed again creating some damage where I ended up replacing the knuckle and acouple related parts to the tune of a couple hundred dollars, this was a used one off a junker, new part alone was over 400 at that time. Any chance you've got a reputable local repair shop? I know they're getting hard to find.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007 AT 11:10 PM