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Unread 05-12-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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How long should it take a shop to.......

Fix this?

I have a 258 with TF 999. The rear main seal appears to be leaking a little oil and I would like to have it fixed. At the same time, and of a more serious nature, the transmission pan gasket (I think) is leaking tranny fluid onto the exhaust pipe.

I have already purchased the RMS gasket and a new tranny pan and gasket.

Roughly how long should a shop take to correct these issues?

I was guessing about 6 because they have to pull the exhaust and drop the skid plate/transmission and the RMS is about 2 hours all by itself yes?

Thanks guys...

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Unread 05-12-2014, 08:25 AM   #2
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Are we talking actual hours or labor hours?
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Unread 05-12-2014, 08:29 AM   #3
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How about both please...
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Unread 05-12-2014, 09:05 AM   #4
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Actual hours, I'd expect it to take a couple days. You really have to seal up that oil pan gasket and let it sit overnight at the very least before running it. Probably the same goes for the transmission seal.

I can't speak for the transmission work, but I'd guess you were about right on the RMS. Figure 1-1.5hrs to take down, then another 1-1.5hrs to sew it back up. Bank on 2-3hrs labor.

I'd also expect to be charged at least a couple hours labor for pulling and replacing the skid plate + the transmission job.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 09:07 AM   #5
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So it would be a drop of Tuesday, get back Thursday and 6-8 hours labor type deal?
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Unread 05-12-2014, 09:13 AM   #6
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I'm no expert, but I guess that's what I would expect. Of course, we both know repair shops never work that way.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 09:19 AM   #7
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New shop in new state...trying not to get screwed. I have no lift here and a lot of this is best done by 2 people so.......just getting an idea doing in.
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It is also worth running the engine a bit, then take a clean rag and wipe the back of the head below the valve cover. Valve cover leaks do a great imitation of a rear man seal leak.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 09:21 AM   #9
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Great idea - thanks! And it would sure save a ton of work.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 09:25 AM   #10
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I am debating leaving the RMS for another day and just replacing the tranny pan and gasket - it would save a ton of money.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 10:06 AM   #11
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Is there any reason I shouldn't suggest doing this yourself? As a novice, replacing the RMS was the first thing I ever did with my CJ. It took me a weekend, I was thoroughly covered in oil afterwards, but it cost me all of maybe $300, and that's including a full set of Craftsman tools (i.e. the professional set), the oil pan gasket, RMS, black RTV, and beer. And I don't drink beer.
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Unread 05-12-2014, 10:13 AM   #12
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I would, I built this Jeep from the frame up, but for a few factors.

I am almost 15 years older now, have a bad back, don't have all my equipment and $300 is not what is used to be to me.

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Unread 05-12-2014, 10:27 AM   #13
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I hear you
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Unread 05-19-2014, 10:12 PM   #14
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And check the dipstick tube for a crack at where it meets the block too. If the starter is oily you can bet it's the dipstick tube.
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Unread 05-20-2014, 10:18 AM   #15
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RMS doesn't look bad in theory, but after doing it once, I just deal with the drip here and there now on my other Jeep.

Local shops wanted $400-500 to do it, so I did it myself, but it wasn't fun.

If it's just dripping a bit, leave it alone.
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