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Old 12-11-2018, 05:41 PM
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Curious on shop costs.

Hey everyone, I am currently on travel in georgia for work and I believe my thermostats need some attention. I called a shop in the area and they quoted me right at 500 dollars to change the thermostats and do a hole coolant flush. Does this seem high or reasonable? I could do the job fairly easy but I will not be home (indiana) for awhile. Also truck is 2008 6.4 KR 4x4 with 198k miles fully deleted, tuned, upgraded turbos, studs. Thanks for your input and time!
 
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Let’s figure high cost of materials at $200. I spent $75 for 4 gallons of Final Charge ELC when I did my radiator, complete flush I want to say is 8 gallons, then Ford Motorcraft thermostats were $30 off eBay, so figure $50 through them. Shop rate around me in northern Indiana is $90-100/hr. So that’s approx 3 hrs labor. I would say normally say that’s really high but also do all my own work mostly. However if your in a spot that you don’t have the ability I would say it isn’t terrible, as long as they are a reputable shop.
 
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Letís figure high cost of materials at $200. I spent $75 for 4 gallons of Final Charge ELC when I did my radiator, complete flush I want to say is 8 gallons, then Ford Motorcraft thermostats were $30 off eBay, so figure $50 through them. Shop rate around me in northern Indiana is $90-100/hr. So thatís approx 3 hrs labor. I would say normally say thatís really high but also do all my own work mostly. However if your in a spot that you donít have the ability I would say it isnít terrible, as long as they are a reputable shop.
From what I can tell they are. They are basically diesel only and booked several weeks out with some pretty nice trucks sitting in their lot waiting. Thank you for the input, I just hate paying someone to do something I easily can do in my shop but if I have to pay someone I dont want to get the shaft on the price, especially when I'm not a local. Unfortunately from experience an out of state tag/non local with no other option will get a way jacked up price compared to locals. That's my main reason for asking. Not saying always but it does happen a lot.
 
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the question is are they going to do it the way is supposed to be done....if they leave air in it...you could crack your cyl and heads
 
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the question is are they going to do it the way is supposed to be done....if they leave air in it...you could crack your cyl and heads

. That is very true. I will be asking around to make sure they are good at what they do before hand since I'm not able to even get it in until after the 1st.
 
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6.4L ---- Materials alone are in the $200+ range:

20-30 gallons of distilled water
4 gallons of ELC (I use CAT in all my diesels --- trucks, heavy equipment, tractors, etc)
1 gallon of Restore/Restore Plus (Cummins or Motorcraft)
Motorcraft thermostats
Motorcraft cap
Fumoto drain valves (2)

Depending on the rust problem those block drain plugs can AND OFTEN DO get a little dicey --- from the factory those 16mm-1.5 plugs use a 8mm hex, but a LARGE MAJORITY of blocks are so rusted that the 8mm hex gets completely rounded out requiring a lot of heat, special tools, etc to remove (we've even had instances where we had to pull the engine because the plug was effectively rusted away -- GONE) .......these problems would add to the following labor bill

Draining, filling, bleeding (wash rinse repeat MULTIPLE TIMES) -- 1-2 hours ($$/hr)..........PLUS any added time to fix / correct those block drain plugs (99% of Northern trucks). I WARN all my customers about this problem beforehand.......
 


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