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Unread 06-17-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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Oil Pan Gasket - Labor

Hi,

I need a new oil pan gasket installed since the front silicone expanded and is leaking slightly. I would like to have this done professionaly. A mechanic I called quoted me ~$200 for this job. I know taking off the oil pan is a little more complex than other vehicles, but I still think this is outrageous.

Any ideas what would be reasonable for this job? Looking at it I would guess this could be done in less than an hour by a pro, but maybe there is something I am missing.

Thanks!

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Unread 06-17-2006, 09:04 AM   #2
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Usually you need to remove the exaust downpipes from the headers (at least on my V8), so it can be a lengthy job. I plan on regasketing my oil pan next time I get my exaust done.
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Unread 06-17-2006, 09:10 AM   #3
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Mine is a '99 WJ with the I6. I don't see the exhaust pipes being in the way. (?)
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Unread 06-17-2006, 09:29 AM   #4
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Well then, it sounds pretty expensive. If I were you I'd put some cardboard down and do it myself. They quoted you that price because there are people that don't know how to do this stuff and will pay for it to be done. Even if it is a simple bolt off/on job.
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Unread 06-17-2006, 09:48 AM   #5
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$200 sounds about right.

$20 for the gasket, and 3 hours of labor at $60 an hour.

Once again you have to remember, the mechanic go by "the book" when it comes to labor. So if the book says it takes 3 hours to do the job.. thats what they will charge you. Even if it only takes him 2 hours.

Only alternative to not paying shops is to do it yourself.
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Unread 06-17-2006, 01:36 PM   #6
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Thanks - I'll shop around and let you know how much I end up spending. (I'm not too crazy about doing this myself - I don't even have a garage)
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