I just don't know if I was being over charged or if that was the base price if I should expect to pay more?
Is a quote of 255.09$ to get my front driver side ball joint replaced good? on 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
You didnt say if it was upper or lower. There is a big difference in the work for the 2 jobs and part prices. The lower is about $26 and might take a couple hours to do on the high side. I cant find flat rate time for you. The upper is $120 and will take around the time to change out. The biggest difference is you will have to get an alignment for the upper. the upper ball joint comes with the entire control arm. When the entire arm is replaced, you have to get an alignment. If its the upper and the price includes part, labor and alignment go for it. if its the lower shop around.
The Price for the part was about 77.60$ and the rest of the total cost was labor, I believe it is the lower ball joint that needed to be replaced.
The price I found is at Autozone.com. Any shop or dealer you use will have a mark up on the part. that still leaves a lot for labor. After the part you have $180 left. At 2 hours for the job that $90. Wont hurt to get that second opinion. thats what they charged at the GM dealer I worked at. You might save money on a second opinion but then your spending your time. To me it would come down to which is more valuable. The job is not complicated. have you done much work on vehicles before? Do you thin its something you cold handle? the trickiest part to the job is not messing the threads up when installing the new ball joint. I could probably walk you though it if you wanted to give it a go.