Job Descriptions, Cost Estimates and time requirements on typical jobs
Oil change - recommended every 3,000 miles or 3 months - we use only quality castrol motor oil and fram filters
Fuel pump replacement - usually fuel pumps last 90,000 - any vehicle that fails to start that still sounds like it has compress should be suspected as having a non-functioning fuel pump
Radiator Replacement - Plastic radiator tanks tend to crack also at around 90,000 miles due to the plastics constant exposure to high temperature water.
Belts and Hoses - replace when they appear worn belts get dry cracks or separation, hoses get soft or develop cracks and leaks
brakes - replace when wear indicator starts to squeal or when it appears pads are becoming thin, if grinding is heard, replace brakes right away
Intake Gaskets - if water is getting into the oil and the oil appears milky, then intake gaskets may be to blame, hard plastic intake gaskets break down due to constant exposure to high temperature water and will become brittle and may leak.
Head gaskets - Head gaskets may need to be replaced, especially if the car has ever overheated due to lack or coolant or non-working radiator fans. Head gaskets will also break down over time, as a rule I would say any car 7 years old or older with aluminum heads probably will shortly need head gaskets. They last longer on Cast iron headed engines, which are somewhat rare today on newer cars
Clutches - Clutches may last for a very long time or not long at all depending on the way they are used and the car is driven, When we replace a clutch, the flywheel is removed from the engine and it is resurfaced, the flywheel friction disk is replaced with a new one and the pressure plate is also replace with a new one as well.
Automatic Transmissions - They last longer with good maintenance it is recommended to change the transmission fluid and filter ever 20,000 miles to keep your transmission working good, if pulling loads an auxiliary transmission oil cool is recommended by us.
Timing Belts - Timing belt change intervals are usually either 60,000 or 90,000 miles depending on the car. Some cars are interference engines, which means that if the timing belt breaks there is a good chance the pistons will hit the valves and bend them, these engines need to have the belt changed BEFORE it breaks, a 1990's nissan maxima or nissan pathfinder is one car that has this type of engine. Then there are non-interference motors, on these engines damage to the valves will not occur if the timing belt breaks, one car of this type is the dodge neon or chrysler PT cruiser.
Water pumps - should be changed when leaks are noticed coming from the water pump area, or when the bearings fail on the pump usually making a noticeable grinding noise. Some water pumps are easy to change as on a 1990's GM 3.8 V6 engine, while some such as on a Nissan Maxima are difficult. Most water pumps are driven off an external belt, they are easier to change, but some are driven from a timing belt or timing chain these are much more difficult to service.
Engine Replacement - always be aware of oil level and oil pressure, Oil starvation is the #1 cause of engine replacement. Engines can also be trashed due to driving a car through deep water, once the water is sucked into the engine it is not as compressible as air and it will bend major engine parts called connecting rods, or break them, resulting in catastrophic engine damage. So make sure you have plenty of clean oil and avoid deep water!!
|JOB||LABOR COST||PARTS ESTIMATE||TOTAL COST||TIME REQ.|
|oil change||20||25||45||45 min.|
|head gasket job (4cyl)||400||200||600||4 days|
|head gasket (V6)||450||250||700||4 days|
|head gasket (v8)||500||250||750||4 days|
|radiator replacement||60||200||260||3 hours|
|engine swap (inline 4)||700||100||800||3 days|
|engine swap (V6 engine)||800||150||950||4 days|
|transmission swap (2 WD) RWD||400||50||450||2 days|
|transmission swap (4WD) RWD||500||50||550||2 days|
|front wheel drive transmission swap||500||50||550||2 days|
|timing belt (4cyl) typical one||300||100||400||1 day|
|timing belt (4cyl) hard one||400||100||500||2 days|
|timing belt (V6) typical||400||100||500||1 day|
|timing belt (v6) hard one||500||100||600||2 days|
|water pump job reg belt driven||100||75||175||3 hours|
|water pump (timing belt driven)||400||150||550||1 day|
|front brakes||50||50||100||2 hours|
|rear brakes||80||40||120||2 hours|
|Northstar Caddy head gasket job||2000||800||2800||2 weeks|
|Alternator change||75||150||225||3 hours|
|transmission oil and filter change||45||45||90||2 hours|
|change one cv shaft||75||75||150||3 hours|
|inatake gaskets (V engine)||350||50||400||1 day|
|clutch job (2wd) RWD||400||200||600||2 days|
|clutch job (4wd) RWD||600||300||900||3 days|
|clutch job FWD||450||150||600||2 days|
|removal and replacement of subframe and drivetrain||1200||100||1300||4 days|