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Old 01-21-2008, 05:48 PM   #21
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It'* obvious you care about your car. For that reason, go the extra mile and get the GM aluminum LIM gaskets. You'll be glad you did.
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They shouldn't be much if any more expensive.
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They'll be alot more expensive. He said the car is at the shop. That means dealer gaskets at retail.
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Yeah I guess I was thinking about Intense'* site where they were $50 last time I checked. I thought local dealers were only 10 bucks more at most.
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Grrr! $965 later, everything is fixed with more and less than bargained. I specified Fel-Pro gaskets and I got it (not sure what gaskets were used for oil pan or valve covers). The oil pan drain needed to get fixed as well (apparently was leaking).

In addition to the lower radiator hose, they replaced the upper too (whatever, no big deal). [EDIT: I requested Goodyear and got Carquest - left stickers on the hoses.] What really upsets me, I specified non-dex (prestone) and they claim they couldn't get it from any of the local parts places, so they ended up putting back in Dex-Cool. Am I screwed!?! Should I demand they change out the fluids? It'* a ma / pa shop and the owner gave me a lifetime warranty on the gaskets.

Suddenly my *** hurts from getting bent over.
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Go back and specify you want it the way you asked for it. They're lying there off if they say they can't get the green. That'* more ridiculous than Britney Spears and her parenting skills.

Lose the DEX or you'll be right back at it. Especially if the gaskets between your cylinder heads and lower intake are black.
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From what I can see, the LIM gaskets are black on the edge with red lining. On the work order, it says Fel-Pro was used.

Does it really matter what color coolant I put in as long as it'* not Dex-Cool ? In one of the articles I read, Dex-Cool not only attacks the gaskets, but turns the inside of the radiator to a brown sludge. Didn't GM change the composition of Dex-Cool to address the corrisive issue they are being sued for? The shop owner said normally they use a clear fluid that they mix with either the green or the orange coolant (no brand names given, just colors).

I'm wondering, if the original lasted 133,900 miles, will these last as long? I don't expect to have the car at 250,000 miles.
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You didn't get what you asked for. Take it back.
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Firestone'* original quote for the exact same repair was $1,220.68 (almost $300 more than what I paid). They said he spent 10 hours on my car. If it were a GM dealer, 10 X $90/hr. = $900 in labor.

I can see going back and insisting on non-Dex cool (as requested), however if I specifiy the Goodyear hoses (as requested) I may get charged extra. I'll talk to the owner tomorrow and see what happens.
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Firestone'* original quote for the exact same repair was $1,220.68 (almost $300 more than what I paid). They said he spent 10 hours on my car. If it were a GM dealer, 10 X $90/hr. = $900 in labor.

I can see going back and insisting on non-Dex cool (as requested), however if I specifiy the Goodyear hoses (as requested) I may get charged extra. I'll talk to the owner tomorrow and see what happens.
10 hours??

how can i, by myself take out an entire engine in 8 hours. how can i do my LIM in less than 3 hours, and i shop that does this every day take 10 hours for just the LIM gaskets???
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