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Old 02-18-2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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Changed my valve cover gasgets over the weekend. Wasn't too bad of a job, with exception of the coolant elbows. They leaked upon reassembly. I should have known better as everyone on the list here has mentioned how they are rarely reusable. Only took about a hour to replace them. Only other problem I had was the rubber ends of a vacuum line that were badly dry rotted. Where is a good source for GM components of molded plastic vacuum lines? I hate to pay the Generals price for a line when only the ends are bad. I was able to get a variety of rubber elbows to get the car back on the road, but I do want to get the correct u-bends replaced so the line is routed properly.
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the GM replacement vacuum fittings are not that expensive, especially for being direct fit. You should be able to pick them up for $20-30.
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That'* exactly what I'm trying to avoid. Paying $20-$30 for 30 cents worth of molded rubber. The coolant elbows are only $3.99 for both. You'd think that 2 very small rubber U-bends would be a little more reasonable. I can afford them, It just irritates the hell out of me to pay exorbitant prices for small necessity parts.
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$20-30 is for ALL the vacuum lines, fittings and elbows
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Changed my valve cover gasgets over the weekend. Wasn't too bad of a job, with exception of the coolant elbows. They leaked upon reassembly. I should have known better as everyone on the list here has mentioned how they are rarely reusable. Only took about a hour to replace them. Only other problem I had was the rubber ends of a vacuum line that were badly dry rotted. Where is a good source for GM components of molded plastic vacuum lines? I hate to pay the Generals price for a line when only the ends are bad. I was able to get a variety of rubber elbows to get the car back on the road, but I do want to get the correct u-bends replaced so the line is routed properly.
NAPA would be my first place to check. Rockauto.com and gmpartsdirect.com may have them. But if NAPA doesn't have them, there is a convenience factor in being able to take the broken ones in to your GM dealer and match them up with exact replacements without waiting for mail order.
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NAPA doesn't have them. I've already checked with them. I sucked it up and bought the dealer kit.

Sure it'* probably only $.30 of material costs, but don't forget the costs of designing, setting up and running the mold. Can't forget about packaging and shipping costs to your dealer, too. There'* a lot of components that make up a price. More than what meets the eye when you think about it.
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$30 for a "complete" vacuum line kit would be a bargain. I would gladly pay that for a complete kit. I will investigate this.

I am a Tool & Die/Mold Maker so I do understand the development cost and manufacturing costs, but still, GM'* parts markup is rediculous.
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I did get the correct vacuum line from GM last week. It was the vacuum line from the throttle body up to the purge cannister. List was $14 and I got it for a total of $10.30. First time in a very long time that I walked out of the parts dept. and didn't feel like I just got reamed. The car ran fine because I had spliced some aftermarket elbows together, but the line wasn't routed correctly and this was preventing me from putting the engine cover on. Now it'* all back to original.
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