6th Gear Poster
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: West Orange, NJ
Mechanic's Quote Fpr HG Job....
Ok guys, After circling around and talking to 5 or 6 different mechanics, I decided on this one guy that I think is very good......I liked the way he talked to me and told me what he will do. and he looks and sounds like he knows what he's talking about.
He is the only one i feel comforatable with after talking to all the other mechanics.
He's what he said....after doing a complete test of the car, he said one of the heads was cracked....he did a pressure test, and some other kind of test where he used a computer to read the way the engine is firing. He said he removed every plug one by one, and my car didn't miss at all. He stepped on the gas and said he smelled a n odor of coolant from the tailpipe, though it was not showing in the color of the exhaust.....he also mentioned one thing that i have noticed for a long time....When the coolant begins to flow after the car gets warm, i always saw the coolant in the reservoir begin to bubble....mechanic said he saw that too, and said this is a sign of too much air in the cooling system.
So heres' what he said he will do:
replace head gaskets,
replace both heads with new ones (rebuilt) he siad he wasn't going to use my old heads.
install new valves, and valve seals,
new valve giudes
clean and all the other usual stuff.
he quoted me a price of $1,150.....I got him down to $960
What do you guys think??..............everybody else was giving me quotes of $1,200 without even knowing exactly what needed to be replaced.
All opinions welcome.