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Thread: oil leak : $1650 repair estimate
07-16-2012, 06:53 PM #1
oil leak : $1650 repair estimate
So it was time for another wonderful visit to the local firestone. I actually really like the guys that work at this particular location because they are really thorough and don't bullshit (much). I think they're catching on to the fact that i only go to them for inspections and estimates, though.
Anyways, next step in any repair process is always to visit this forum, so here i am.
The Problem: oil is leaking from the underside of the engine. Not a bad leak, but a couple drops a night so my driveway is slowly becoming a map of my parking habits.
Here's firestones write-up:
So, obviously i'm not interested paying $1652.82. Especially when the parts needed are only $120. I have never really done any engine work. Lots of interior stuff, i've basically replace the entire suspension, but i've never really gone under the hood except for routine maintenance. Is this job something that is going to require some serious experience or is this something that i can do with patience, basic tools, common sense?
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07-16-2012, 07:07 PM #2
Ouch man you could get a 6m off Aaron for about that price lol. R those after market gaskets I assume? What's Toyota's prices? Someone should be able to give you a hand, that price is crazy.1982 Terra Cotta P-Type
07-16-2012, 07:20 PM #3
Honestly what I tell people, the hardest part about actually working on an engine is having the balls to reach your hands in there. I think with common sense, the tsrm and patience you should be fine. Its really not all that hard, maybe the hardest part would be the oil pan, but at what they are trying to charge you, I'd figure it out myself. i see they listed rear seal, if you plan on doing that one, it involves dropping trans, still don't see more than a days work, working slowly at a nice steady pace. Hell if I were close I'd give you a hand. Torque wrench, breaker bar and something to drive the seals in are tools that you are going to need. Good luck either way man.
07-16-2012, 07:27 PM #4
Prices are high for the front and rear main seal, and the oil pan gasket.
The labor for changing the oil pan gasket is spot on. I had mine done for the simple reason I didn't feel like doing it myself.
Oh, and changing the oil pan gasket is a real hoot. Did it once before, never again.Joe B.
'89 MK III coming soon
07-16-2012, 07:52 PM #5
The parts prices look too high, but the labour prices are probably about right.
Changing the rear crank seal without removing the engine would be a fairly difficult job I think.
07-16-2012, 08:04 PM #6CelicaSupra.com Member
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I would find where it is leaking from, Hopefully it is the seals at the front of the motor, The other leak repairs are very difficult to do.
Could it be the side of the motor at the oil pressure sending unit( Passengers side) and on the other side (driver's ) there is a plate with hoses going to it near the fuel filter.
also automatics have oil cooler lines and clamps that could leak..
07-16-2012, 08:19 PM #7
1st You gotta figure that they are going to mark up prices. That's what a shop does. It cost them half of that to buy them. Those are like $10 seals
2nd you went to a high priced tire shop for engine work.Matt K.
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Shop is covering all its bases, in order to warranty work done.Whats your drip pattern look like?86 SDR-"Shuttlecraft" 16" Drag dr-27 wheels, Coilover/AGX/Celica Arms front, Camber Mod/Cut Springs rear, Poly Bushings all around, Whiteline sway bars, 12" Homemade bbk front and rear, Weir Diff bushing, Pacesetter with custom RABID CHIMP mandrel bent 2.5 with Flowmaster resonator, short shifter, 5m-GZE using upgraded sc-14 Toyota supercharger, with Custom RABID CHIMP piping..
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