Job Descriptions, Cost Estimates and time requirements on typical jobs

  1. Oil change  - recommended every 3,000 miles or 3 months - we use only quality castrol motor oil and fram filters

  2. 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

  3. Radiator Replacement - Plastic radiator tanks tend to crack also at around 90,000 miles due to the plastics constant exposure to high temperature water.

  4. Belts and Hoses - replace when they appear worn   belts get dry cracks or separation, hoses get soft or develop cracks and leaks

  5. brakes - replace when wear indicator starts to squeal or when it appears pads are becoming thin, if grinding is heard, replace brakes right away

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!  

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




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