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Old 06-30-2012, 02:46 PM
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All I Wanted Was an Oil Change

Took my '09 F350 in for regular maintenance, has 56,208km on it or about 35,000 miles, and found out that I needed brake pads and my rotors turned, my DPF is blown, my aftermarket Bilstein steering stabilizer/damper is leaking, my track bar bushing is toast and that I need a new drag link and trackbar. DPF is covered under warranty but the drag link and track bar aren't. Just missed warranty coverage by a couple of months.

Any suggestions for an aftermarket drag link and track bar? I don't think I need to replace the entire track bar as it just seems like it's the bushing but there wasn't a front end guy at the dealership today to confirm. Also, track bars don't seem to be too expensive. See BD Diesel's retails for $250. Been eyeing some PMF stuff but am open to opinions and options.
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:34 PM
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PMF you just can't go wrong with Trevor!
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What do you do to that truck!?!? I have 114k miles on original brakes and had 107k on the factory dpf and very rarely tow. And when I do its a snowmobile trailer

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PMF you just can't go wrong with Trevor!
Think that's what I'll probably end up with as I can get the drag link and track bar now since I need to replace the OEM parts and then, once I decide what size lift I want, I can get his 4-link system and a set of floating traction bars when the time's right. My biggest issue is getting this stuff. I understand that they're swamped with orders and delivery time is 2-3 weeks and shipping on this stuff is expensive to Canada! Might have to send him an email or phone him and see what I need.

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What do you do to that truck!?!? I have 114k miles on original brakes and had 107k on the factory dpf and very rarely tow. And when I do its a snowmobile trailer
I just drive my truck to and from work. Don't tow anything too heavy and don't have anything too heavy in the bed. The track bar bushing is what's failing right now according to the vehicle report card. In the comments section, it says "drag link at pitman arm feels off." Don't know what that means as I picked my truck up 5 minutes before they closed. Have to go back Wednesday for a new DPF and will find out more about my steering axle issues. Brakes seem to go out on all the vehicles I own. I had to get new brake pads and my rotors turned on my Infiniti last month which has less than 30,000km on it! One of the rotors was warped on my G37. Might be the way I drive. I do drive a large amount in the city so do lots of stop and go driving. Don't do too much highway driving.
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I'm sorry, but I don't let anybody sell me maintenance that I don't ask for.

If they point it out and you confirm on your own and agree that there's an issue? fine...
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my factory brakes lasted till over 90k
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I'm sorry, but I don't let anybody sell me maintenance that I don't ask for.

If they point it out and you confirm on your own and agree that there's an issue? fine...
I knew I needed my brakes done as I was told at the previous service that I'd probably be due for pads at my next service so that wasn't a surprise. But I told the service writer at my previous maintenance interval that I had ongoing issues with death wobble and that it was getting a lot worse. Wasn't able to just ride it out anymore. The truck would wobble/shake so vigorously, I'd have to slow way down to regain control. Was told everything was within Ford's spec. Today, was advised I need a new track bar and drag link. Don't know how it ended up from everything in spec to needing two new steering components in 5000 miles...
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Do you have an ro showing you had a complaint about death wobble prior to your warranty expiring? You might be able to get a track bar goodwilled by the dsm if you can prove you had that issue before the warranty was up.
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man dont truck those people they are just trying to make extra money off of you. If you know what your doing crawl under it and check it all yourself. Or if you have a friend that knows his stuff take it to him
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:37 AM
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Do you have an ro showing you had a complaint about death wobble prior to your warranty expiring? You might be able to get a track bar goodwilled by the dsm if you can prove you had that issue before the warranty was up.
Yes, there is a line on my last work order to investigate the cause of my worsening death wobble. My service writer is going to talk to the service manager. Apparently, there is some sort of program in place where Ford, the dealership, and the customer split the cost of the repair when there's issues that arise just after warranty expiration but have been documented prior to warranty expiration. Believe that the customer pays 15 or 20% of the repair cost and the rest is covered by Ford and the dealership. Only downside is that it will only cover OEM parts and I eventually want to lift my truck so I kind of want to go with the biggest, burliest components I can so I don't have to upgrade/replace them later.
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