Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northeastern BC
$400 - $500 sounds reasonable to me, to have someone do it for you.
Just so you know, that's potentially a DIY project, if you've got the time and inclination. Pretty easy if you're just replacing everything. While you're at it, I'd replace the brake cylinders, flex hoses and replace all the old brake fluid. It's an older truck, and if you're going to keep it, no sense working on it twice. Call a few places like NAPA and Canadian Tire to price out the parts. The nice thing about these older trucks is they're easy to work on, and parts are usually cheap and easy to get.
If the rubber is in good condition, then I wouldn't replace them. Have a good look at the sidewalls and the shoulders of the treads for cracks. A few cracks will be normal, just as long as they're not particularly long or deep enough to go down into the fabric plies. Seven years for tires isn't that bad, if they haven't been baking in the sun in the Mojave desert.
I think a lot of repair places just go by the book and reccomend replacing all sorts of things that don't necessarily need to replacing. It's not that they're being dishonest, so much as erring on the side of (over-)caution. And if it results in more sales for them, then that's a bonus (for them).
It's a sixteen year old truck, so I assume it's paid for itself. Keep it that way!
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