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Old 09-11-2019, 08:17 PM   #1
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As you guys probably know, I don’t work on cars. When they make a wooden one, I’ll jump right in.

The “Check Fluids” light came on in my son’s 2010 Jeep Commander. He took it in and was told he needed:

1: Water pump
2. Thermostat
3. lower and upper radiator hoses
4. Serpentine belt (part only – no labor due to the above)
5. Coolant Flush

Total: $1,800.

Is this reasonable?
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who did the diagnostics?

if it's a dealer you can probably find an independent wrench who can do it for considerably less.

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Not a dealer. A smaller shop I use on occasion.
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sounds a little on the high side.

get another diagnostic and price
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As you guys probably know, I don’t work on cars. When they make a wooden one, I’ll jump right in.

The “Check Fluids” light came on in my son’s 2010 Jeep Commander. He took it in and was told he needed:

1: Water pump
2. Thermostat
3. lower and upper radiator hoses
4. Serpentine belt (part only – no labor due to the above)
5. Coolant Flush

Total: $1,800.

Is this reasonable?
Depending on accessibility 2-6 hour job. Wrench it. learn it. You'll be proud of yourself
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:30 PM   #6
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The ones that suck are when you have to remove tons of stuff to get to where you want to be. Just have to remember how it all goes back together.

Once you've done a few mechanic type things your fear fades.
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need a bit more info as to why all that is needed, ask for an explanation

If the water pump cracked or leaked that would need to be replaced, and since you are there the rad hoses are attached to it and by be cracked, same with the belt. Thermostat is usually changed with pump. need to know why

as for cost check your mechanic.com which I just did with my zip code and price was less than $500 for water pump replacement

can also check repair pal.com & napaautocare

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Anybody can do a coolant flush. All you need is a kit and a garden hose. Follow instructions on the kit. Sounds like dirty coolant wore out the bearing in your water pump that's what typically happens. Once the bearing goes out the seal leaks. I oughta know I've replaced a few. Some easy some not so easy. it'll teach you to keep your coolant clean
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Just checked a video and it is not a real difficult replacement compared to some
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There's a weep hole in the center of the water pump. Some have 2 one up one down. Run the engine and observe if fluid is coming out of these holes. If it is the bearings and seats in your pump have failed and you'll need to replace
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Just checked a video and it is not a real difficult replacement compared to some
Some are real easy and are right undeneath the alternator. If you have to remove fans and pulleys it sucks
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need a bit more info as to why all that is needed, ask for an explanation

If the water pump cracked or leaked that would need to be replaced, and since you are there the rad hoses are attached to it and by be cracked, same with the belt. Thermostat is usually changed with pump. need to know why

as for cost check your mechanic.com which I just did with my zip code and price was less than $500 for water pump replacement

can also check repair pal.com & napaautocare
Or get a subscription to alldatadiy.com for the vehicle, and it will give you standard hours. Parts costs can be all over the place from shop to shop .
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Looks like a 2 hour job and $200 in parts .

Remove fan shroud
Remove fan
Remove belt
Remove water pump and hoses
Remove thermostat housing and thermostat
Replace everything refill coolant

$500-$800 at a shop
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As you guys probably know, I don’t work on cars. When they make a wooden one, I’ll jump right in.

The “Check Fluids” light came on in my son’s 2010 Jeep Commander. He took it in and was told he needed:

1: Water pump
2. Thermostat
3. lower and upper radiator hoses
4. Serpentine belt (part only – no labor due to the above)
5. Coolant Flush

Total: $1,800.

Is this reasonable?
I think not. Maybe $500 parts there, but 2 hours time to do it all.
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Looks like a 2 hour job and $200 in parts .

Remove fan shroud
Remove fan
Remove belt
Remove water pump and hoses
Remove thermostat housing and thermostat
Replace everything refill coolant

$500-$800 at a shop
OEM parts would put it much higher for parts cost.
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As you guys probably know, I don’t work on cars. When they make a wooden one, I’ll jump right in.



The “Check Fluids” light came on in my son’s 2010 Jeep Commander. He took it in and was told he needed:



1: Water pump

2. Thermostat

3. lower and upper radiator hoses

4. Serpentine belt (part only – no labor due to the above)

5. Coolant Flush



Total: $1,800.



Is this reasonable?
Maybe it's just low on coolant. It does evaporate over time.

If needed, the pump replacement you should also take care of the hoses and belt at that age.

I wouldn't pay for a coolant flush, it's all drained out to do the other work. Make sure they put new coolant in.

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...Looks like a 2 hour job and $200 in parts...
maybe a guy who is a pretty good wrench can do the job in two hours.

but 99% of the shops derive their quotes from a flat rate manual.

also a shop not likely to buy parts from autozone...

also the mechanic is no different than a contractor.

he has the shop, insurance, tools etc etc....

i don't mind anyone making money...

just don't try to make all your money off me...
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Geez if I had to spend 2 grand everytime something went out in my fleet of jalopies some years I'd starve bad enough I have to license and insure the bastards
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It's a water pump,, it just bolts on the front of the motor
Try you-tube it will show you how.
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maybe a guy who is a pretty good wrench can do the job in two hours.



but 99% of the shops derive their quotes from a flat rate manual.



also a shop not likely to buy parts from autozone...



also the mechanic is no different than a contractor.



he has the shop, insurance, tools etc etc....



i don't mind anyone making money...



just don't try to make all your money off me...
Our local shops buy from the local auto parts places. Napa, Knechts, Autozone and O'reileys. 4 auto part places in a town under 10,000. From what I've been told it is mainly to sell to the many commercial accounts in the area.

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