This was originally posted in a Ford repair forum. It drew no suitable
'94 ThunderChicken LX V8, 67k (city) mi. in midwest US.
The manual mentions only "Lube Steering Linkage" every 15k mi.
I can think of certain suspension components that could likely do with a dab
I can't do it: break my back crawling around under the beast. Too old, infirm.
Do auto repair/maintenance shops still do "lube jobs"? If I asked for a "full
lube" at a good shop, what could I expect to be done?
Of course, this relies on the definition of a "good" shop these days,
Sure--any competent place will lube whatever fittings were provided for
which typically is very few any more--ball joints may be it; could be
tie rod ends as well. Unlikely nothing for any suspension parts nor
drive train but if they're any good they'll have service points for the
particular model in their automated system as guides.
You can, of course, for your own information, call or visit the Ford
dealership and they should be willing to tell/show you the service points.
As I've gotten to the same issue and since I really just don't think
it's any fun any longer, particularly since access is so much more of a
pita than it was 40 years ago, I let all the passenger vehicles/light
trucks be done by the dealer service shop, anyway. Here, at least, Mr
Goodwrench has a "quick lube" pricing on routine service that is as
cheap as or even cheaper than the other shops and (whether it's really
true or not) feel more comfortable that their trained monkey is better
controlled than the other places'.
$0.02, fwiw, ymmv, etc., etc., etc., of course...
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