Dear Old Dad needed outer boots on his '74 ElDorado. Took it to the local Sears Auto Center. Nothin' to it. Easy money.It actually makes sense. I can remember in the late 1970s my dad had a 1973 Olds Toranado that needed the outer CV joints rebuilt on it. There were only 3 places in Omaha, NE that could and would rebuild them - one independent shop, the Cadillac dealership and the Oldsmobile dealership. Most mainstream shops will not spend all kinds of money on the specialty tools required to overhaul a front differential when they might only see one or two jobs like it a year. Dealers on the other hand will have all the tools needed.
Sounds like they confused the front differential with the transfer case.When I picked it up at the shop yesterday, the mechanic said that it only needed half a quart of fluid after about 4,000 miles of driving, and as it holds about 6 quarts, not to worry about it.
That would make a difference.Well, Sears Automotive in Omaha wouldn't touch it. I know - I called them for my dad. At least your dad's ElDorado only needed boots. Based on the price we paid to the shop that did the work (we even got a referral shop discount thanks to my friend who owned a garage) it needed new balls and cages. Cost came to something like $700 when all was said and done.
Wallowed like a stuck pig. I hated that car. He offered to give me that car when I turned 18. I told him to keep it. My friend actually got nauseous when I did some fast lane-changes to show him how bad the suspension system was tuned. Even when new, it acted like the shock absorbers had been stolen.Schurkey, how did you like driving the ElDorado? I loved driving that Toronado!
Finally, someone who knows how to use a Big Effing Hammer!Update. I was referred to another mechanic who was able to get it off. He works on race cars and seemed to be pretty confident he could fix it, and sure enough, he did. My 6 week odyssey of trying to deal with this axle seal leak is over. I lost a lot of fishing time not being able to tow my boat, but now I found a great mechanic.