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Old 10 Apr 2010, 10:02 am
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Default How should I be charged to change plugs and wires?

Several of you suggested (when I bought my '06 GT Vert 2 wks. ago)
to change the plugs and wires.
I bought new plugs and wires along with a K&N oil and a K&N air filter..and 5 quarts of Mobile One.
I asked the owner of a private garage if he would intall the stuff and charge me for the labor.....he wanted $203.00 to install the above. When I questioned him about the price of the labor sounding high...he said the "manual" quotes 1 1/2 hrs. to do a tune-up. I said it doesn't need a tune-up...just change out the plugs and wires! He said ..."That's a tune-up!!!
Is he being straight with me?
If not how much do you think I should have to pay....since I purchased all of the parts above at Advance Auto?
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Old 10 Apr 2010, 12:50 pm
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He is ripping you off. If you were closer I'd do it for nothing. If you look at the sticky about the spark plugs, you can do it your self. OK, so you don't have the right tools, for about $40 you should be able to get the basics except for a torque wrench and you may be able to rent one from Advance Auto or some place like that. It isn't a hard job to do even for a novice.

I pay $20 to have a garage change oil, filter, visually check stuff and rotate tires. I take my own oil & filter. I would imagine you should be able to get it done for around $50.
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Old 10 Apr 2010, 12:54 pm
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Default Re: How should I be charged to change plugs and wires?

That is a tune up. Shops rip off for a tuneup on the PT. 1 1/2 hours is BS. I can do it in a half hour.
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I can do it in 29 minutes or less.
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Old 10 Apr 2010, 01:56 pm
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Hey Guys..thanks alot. I have never had much "upstairs" when it comes to mechanical stuff. I have no problems paying someone for his time...but I was pretty sure this guy was "sticking it" to me.
I'll check around now that you guys have put me straight!
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Old 12 Oct 2012, 09:21 am
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Becareful with installing the spark plugs! Light anti size on threads,use silicon grease on the boots and use the extension or better yet slip a length of hose over the spark plugs and use it to thread the plugs in.

Spark plugs should be hand tight or slightly more! Your not tightening lug nuts! It's a simple job but..a high potential for disaster if you jack it up!

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Old 12 Oct 2012, 09:52 am
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Default Re: How should I be charged to change plugs and wires?

everyhing has been said but for what its worth yep to much

doing it your self with help from this site is the way to go well unless you simply do not want to do it at all

Oh and I can do it in 19 minutes or less lol
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Old 12 Oct 2012, 12:04 pm
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Default Re: How should I be charged to change plugs and wires?

i can most certainly accomplish this task with in the course of time it takes me to finish my beer... O.o ;-) lol but where r u located??
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Old 24 Oct 2012, 10:17 am
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When I questioned him about the price of the labor sounding high...he said the "manual" quotes 1 1/2 hrs.
fyi: the mechanic isn't lying. it really does quote 1 1/2 hours. it's the $135/hr sounds high.
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Old 24 Oct 2012, 10:30 am
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WOW!

First the OP clearly does not want to do this work! So telling him how easy it is for some of you to do does not help him at all!?

Also "speed tuning" is a direct action for messing something up! I would fire you if you worked for me and rushed any job! I pre inspected all parts before they are installed and that does not count as labor time. Some just rush in and install whatever part and then later cry about problems.

I do think that the mechanics is a bit inexperienced if he is judging the work solely from the Labor rate and not experience which is usually less then prescribed.

What is his labor hour rate? If it is in line with the labor rate then he not "ripping" you off it is just his rate! Most licensed shops in California get 100 -125 per hour labor rate. It is that way in most other states as well. Dealers get even more.
I do think it is funny that the quote is 203. whats with the 3 bucks?
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