That is a very good price, and I am surprised that a dealership would agree to use your parts.I bought the Gates replacement kit thinking I'd get to it. I never did, finally I took it into the dealership before taking a road trip, told them I had the parts and just wanted them installed. Their labor was $220. Parts cost was something like $105 plus shipping. This included the water pump, tensioner, and belt. I did feel like I was getting a steal. I would expect $450-$500 range. $200 for parts and 3 hours (I think it is listed as 2.9 hours) labor at $90/hour.
You can call the parts department and get cost on parts. Then find out what they are estimating on time and what their shop rate is. It shouldn't be much over 3 hours. Call another mechanic he can verify the estimated hours. They are all referencing the same source when estimating jobs.
I'm pretty handy... I did a lot of research before tackling this project...You must have the tools and a lot of experience to get it done in 5 hrs! It took me 12 hrs to complete it. Had to go to advance auto for the puller, then to Home Depot for a M12 -1.75x80mm 10.9 grade bolt to get the harmonic balancer back on.
I had the impact wrench (critical) and the torx bits on hand.
The instructions were perfect to get it done, but I am concerned on torques, e.g. Water pump bolts, engine mount bolts, and plenum bolts. Does anyone have the specs? Thanks!
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I assumed that it didn't have a shaft weep hole since the pump is so flat, and the gasket surface on the backside has these cutouts.The op talked about his pump was about to start leaking around the weep holes by the bolts... the weep hole is around the shaft like conventional pumps (I replaced mine because it was leaking from the weep hole)
Perceptions are interesting things. I have owned 2 Chrysler vans and really couldn't be happier with them. I owned a Ford Explorer...it gave me so many issues I swore I would never own another. I try to be rational and realize that all makes and models have their issues, but I'm human. Some times all the stars align against you and you end up with a lemon. All the manufacturing tolerances stacked up against you. You won the wrong lottery. However you want to say it. You can read Consumer Reports, you can listen to JD Powers and you could still end up with a vehicle you aren't happy with. I am sure you can find many Toyota/Honda owners that feel the same.These are the reasons the Chrysler vans are so much cheaper than the Toyota/Honda vans. They are junk piles. Sorry guys, I know it sucks to hear that - but I will never own another Chrysler product. Except maybe a Viper
Sorry to see you go.We recently traded our van in for a 2013 Explorer, so this will be my last write up for this site. Good riddance to that van! It had the usual brake issues, hard shifting / shuddering in reverse transmission, was burning lots of oil, which led to catalytic converter issues, and the local dealers (Rocky Top Dodge, Secret City Dodge) wouldn't stand behind the supposed 100k mile powertrain warranty. They really expected me to believe burning 4 quarts of oil between oil changes is normal. Really??
These are the reasons the Chrysler vans are so much cheaper than the Toyota/Honda vans. They are junk piles. Sorry guys, I know it sucks to hear that - but I will never own another Chrysler product. Except maybe a Viper
I'm not saying this JUST because you own one similar BUT around here its the first gen 4.6L OHC Ford rear drive cars that make the most exhaust smoke when they are leaving a traffic light. :eekkkk:Mopar engines have always been known for their oil burning abilities. Just notice the brand next time you see a car making a smoke show on the road.