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Old 04-27-2005, 12:04 PM   #1
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I took my car to dealer to find out what was wrong and what cause the noise. 1st problem tranny pan seal needs to be replaced dealer charge 125.00. Power steer pressure hose is leaking causing air bubbles that is what causing the odd noise and vibration(275). 3rd leak intake needs to be resealed (310 ). 4th is value cover also need to be resealed(180.00). All together that approx $900. To do it my self will cost approx $120 parts. The dealer wants 180 for the steer pressue hose for the. Local auto supply wanted 45.86 for that part. What on makes the rubber so speacil to cost 134 more. Thnx I had vent. So I am going to be taking my car apart this weekend.
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Wow! you will save $780 doing the work yourself. If it takes you two days to do it, you will be earning $390 per day. That calculates to an annual salary of about $101,000 per year. I would say that is worth your time.
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Dealerships charge out the A$$ for parts... Some a lot worse than others...

If you can do the work on your own I would...

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Wow! you will save $780 doing the work yourself. If it takes you two days to do it, you will be earning $390 per day. That calculates to an annual salary of about $101,000 per year. I would say that is worth your time.
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Dealerships charge out the A$$ for parts... Some a lot worse than others...

If you can do the work on your own I would...
I say it is always best to find the small shops in your area, and select the good ones..

It sounds easier than it is . It'* taken me 15 years to find a mechanic I trust. He'* not the cheapest, until I calculate the cost I save by not being suckered into extras I don't need. Like Sears and Firestone do all the time... as well as nearly all the dealers I've gone to..
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Sam...you can do one better. Get a best buddy who'* a mechanic. Once he teaches you how to do it he'll never fix anything for you again...but you'll know how to fix it.

I end up doing a lot of my own work....and that saves huge over even a small local guy.
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Sam...you can do one better. Get a best buddy who'* a mechanic. Once he teaches you how to do it he'll never fix anything for you again...but you'll know how to fix it.

I end up doing a lot of my own work....and that saves huge over even a small local guy.
I'll agree with that....

My buddy had to have a Coworkers husband work on his car( brakes ) all of the local places wanted $700-$1000 to repair the car....

Parts cost him $90 and The coworkes husband charged him $40.... Thats some serious savings...

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The intake gasket leak is obvious , it looks like it leaking lot of oil ,but I never lost any noticeably when a change the ever 3000 miles
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Sounds like the all too common intake end seals.... This becoms a problem on just about all 3800'*....

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If you call the dealer and tell them that you work for a deale r/ garage ( business ) they will give you the parts at 10% over cost. At times i find it cheaper to get the parts at the dealer. The best way to do it is call every option that you have first.

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