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Old 03-12-2013, 03:55 PM   #21
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My post was incredibly unhelpful.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:56 PM   #22
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My post was incredibly unhelpful.
lol. labor in kentucky sounds like a bargain
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:08 PM   #23
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Like most employers in 'tucky, I think most places aren't offering dental which leads to lower overall costs.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:40 PM   #24
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first time i did it, it took 12-13 hours. i can probably do it in 10 now? i work efficiently but carefully . you'll want to have a helper for the heavy bits as the subframe can be downright awkward to realign especially when you have 3,200 lbs of car above you
Man, you guys suck! First time I did my oil pan gasket, it took me 9 hours and I did the fuel filter, engine mounts, LCA's and CA bushings too! Of course it helped that I had a four post lift.

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Old 03-12-2013, 04:45 PM   #25
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Man, you guys suck! First time I did my oil pan gasket, it took me 9 hours and I did the fuel filter, engine mounts, LCA's and CA bushings too! Of course it helped that I had a four post lift.
so did i but i have to clean and inspect everything!
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:46 PM   #26
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Got mine done for.$415 labor only but its not an XI....I supplied parts/oil.
yeap got a quote 5 hours at $80, indy shop, mine is starting to leak at 85K miles
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:48 PM   #27
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Jeebus, did.that even make.sense? I'm leaving.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:00 PM   #28
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so did i but i have to clean and inspect everything!
Hey! I cleaned stuff!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:13 PM   #29
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The thing is I didn't clean up the skid plate when I took it off. All I saw was resided oil. Most of it looked old from the VCG oil that I changed previously. I wiped most of the oil off but my stains are coming from dead center of engine. small spots nothing bigger than about 2 to 6 inches diameter of oil over 12 hours of it sitting over night
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:32 AM   #30
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that's kind of a lot. that's usually the oil filter housing since oil sits inside of it. the oil should drip beyond the edge of the oil pan so it shouldn't leak that much overnight. Look down with a flashlight next to the oil filter housing. if the waffle section is wet with oil, its your housing gasket
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I also like to mention that I experimented while car was running in same spot for almost a hour and I had no drips come from it. It seems to only leak when the car is shut off...
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I also like to mention that I experimented while car was running in same spot for almost a hour and I had no drips come from it. It seems to only leak when the car is shut off...
you change your oil filter housing gasket yet? and was it done carefully? i recently had to redo mine due to the tiniest leftover piece of the factory gasket i failed to remove when i did my initial OFHG replacement. the tiniest little black spec that became hardened and stuck to the block caused a leak
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no it wasn't changed in my possession but i don't think it was ever changed my car has so many miles and I think it's tiime to do all the gaskets....hitting 200K time to get sh*t done.
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no it wasn't changed in my possession but i don't think it was ever changed my car has so many miles and I think it's tiime to do all the gaskets....hitting 200K time to get sh*t done.
do the ofhg first. it's simple enough to do. remove alternator to do it properly. this is not something you want to rush or half-ass
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My OPG was leaking a bit... I check the bolts and some where a little loose. I tied them up and leak fixed. My cas has almost 170,000 miles...
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Got a quote today for opg. 4.5 hours labor @ $85/hr, plus $36.58 for the gasket, plus 7 qts of oil @ $6.75/qt (??). Total quote $466.33, plus tax and shop charges.
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Getting my OPG replaced as we speak at a local repair shop.
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oil stabilizer. dafuq?
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