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    Posted: 28 October 2008 at 12:03am
So just before I put my Firebird away, I wanted to get some leaks checked out.  The oil change guys said the engine had a leak, and the rear diff was leaking.

I take it to a local shop.  The estimate?  $1500...because they have to pull out the engine and bla bla bla (bla bla bla=stuff about cars that I don't understand)

Yeah, I was thinking $200, maybe $300 at the most.

Luckily my girlfriend's dad is into racing and he knows all about cars.  So I'll be taking it to him to see what he can do.  He says he can probably do it for half the price.




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Mechanics are nothing but legal thieves.
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Originally posted by Skillet42565 Skillet42565 wrote:

Mechanics are nothing but legal thieves.
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Where exactly is the engine leaking?  Do you happen to know?

That'll tell us whether or not the engine actually has to be pulled.  My guess is oil pan or heads.  Depending on what exactly the leak is.
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Originally posted by Kingtiger Kingtiger wrote:

Originally posted by Skillet42565 Skillet42565 wrote:

Mechanics are nothing but legal thieves.
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Well these guys are pretty nice.  I've had them inspect this car, and my Bronco before I bought them, and they never charged me.  And they aren't even charging me for looking at my car now, although I don't know if they usually do at other shops.
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Originally posted by ThatGuitarGuy ThatGuitarGuy wrote:

Where exactly is the engine leaking?  Do you happen to know?

That'll tell us whether or not the engine actually has to be pulled.  My guess is oil pan or heads.  Depending on what exactly the leak is.


He listed a bunch of different spots.  I remember hearing gasket and heads I think.  He said the engine is really crammed in there which is why they have to pull it out.
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I bet it's the rear engine seal.  The older engines were nice, you could pop the oil pan off and put them in that way, the newer engines require dropping the tranny or lifting the engine to do it as it's one piece.  I'd check the year of your car's engine with a Chilton manual to see what the flat rate is, just in case they are ripping you off.
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yeah, i'm lucky like that with a FWD, oil pan pops right off. Replaced that seal already this year.
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Originally posted by Skillet42565 Skillet42565 wrote:

Mechanics are nothing but legal thieves.


Don't be a tool. If his oil leak is at a place that a mechanic cannot reach, it will take them several hours to partially or fully remove the engine, and reinstall it. There could be a substantial amount of work involved in replacing the seal, depending on what that is.

I guess they should do everything for free?
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find yourself a mechanic you like, and stick with him. Definatly go to a privately owned garage too. Corporate crap like Autozone, are trained to rip you off. Privately owned garages have to undercut to keep business too.
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Originally posted by Shub Shub wrote:

Originally posted by Skillet42565 Skillet42565 wrote:

Mechanics are nothing but legal thieves.


Don't be a tool. If his oil leak is at a place that a mechanic cannot reach, it will take them several hours to partially or fully remove the engine, and reinstall it. There could be a substantial amount of work involved in replacing the seal, depending on what that is.

I guess they should do everything for free?


both situations can be true...

sometimes it really will take that much effort, but there are quite a few mechanics out there who rip you off however they think they can.
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