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Unread 06-01-2013, 06:23 AM   #16
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Hi! I have to agree with this one I just did my U-joints on the front had to weld nuts on the bolts to get the 3 of them out plus the blue wrench plus new bolts oem aren't cheep spent about two days total on these. So whats your time worth? All sounds fair to me. But I do all my own stuff but I'm retired so I have the time. Joe100

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Unread 06-01-2013, 11:06 AM   #17
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I've done all of those repairs to mine myself. I'm so glad that I don't have to rely on someone else to take care of that stuff.

You should do it yourself. I'm certain there are plenty of tutorials here to guide you. Time to get intimate with your Jeep.
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Unread 06-01-2013, 11:22 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by UZI4U View Post
You should do it yourself. I'm certain there are plenty of tutorials here to guide you. Time to get intimate with your Jeep.
Invest In tools and fix it yourself.
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Unread 06-01-2013, 12:19 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by dancytron View Post
Most mechanics charge "out of the book". So if "the book" says "valve cover remove and replace 1 hour" then they are going to charge you an hour whether it takes 10 minutes or 3 hours. You should ask them if they are charging you out of the book and if the answer is yes, then they should show it to you and explain how they used it to to calculate the estimate.

If any mechanic won't show you "the book" (and some won't), then go somewhere else.

Of course, "the book" is on a computer at this point, not an actual book.
Originally Posted by ltrail View Post
all true. Remember most of get paid flat rate. So that hour for the oil pan that only takes 10min will even out when the next job comes along and pays 1hr and takes the whole hour or more. Never had a problem showing customers the labor times. Our labor rate is 85, or a tad lower(seniors/military). $100 for a u-joint replaced is a little stiff, i don't think they near an hour.

Rotten, i hope you aren't removing hubs to replace a rear u-joint.

Nailed it. Most mechanics go by the actual labor time and rate to quote jobs. I say most because there is some guys out there that will charge more hours to do a job because they feel the book time is too low.

These are also the gravy-suckers that recommend every single fluid flush and service when a customer doesnt need it.
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