The prices tossed around here for a timing belt is $350 to $450. The water
pump at the same time adds $80 to $100. Let's take the high side and figure
$550 total. That means plugs, wires, coils, cost $650 to replace. That
seems awfully high to me but check out the cost of parts. A set of wires is
probably $45, plugs about the same.
Just back from the shop. Some prices were higher than you posted, Ed,
while some were lower.
High-dollar items were as suspected. Timing belt was $104. Wires were
$86. Water pump was $170.
Low dollar stuff was belts, gaskets, seals. Various rib belts came in
at $12-$14, total on those belts about $42.
Total parts cost was $555. $360 of that was just the timing belt, wire
set, and water pump.
Labor was $634. Besides the fun job of replacing the timing belt and
water pump, I had them do a valve check since I heard some whirring -
sticky lifters. No issues with the cams which is good but of course
once you pull that part of the engine apart, it adds $$$ to put back
Actually I am not upset. These guys are really very good and
honorable. The prices quoted, while higher than they were back in my
former home (Kansas) are in line with what I found.
I guess it's just something I needed to do, just wish I were more
mechanically inclined (and had the time) to get in there and muck
around myself. But my uncle the mechanic says don't mess with timing
belrs - a bad job on an interference engine will end up making you
wish you had taken it in to a shop the first time around. He's got a
sign, and I'm sure every mechanic has this one:
$60/hour if you watch
$70/hour if you already worked on it yourself
thanks for the input -
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