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Audi A4, Engine
#17 of 26 I do have a visual...
Jun 20, 2003 (7:43 am)
Having driven over the Golden Gate Bridge many times, I can't think of too many WORSE places to have a timing belt snap!
Jun 20, 2003 (8:26 am)
How about the bay bridge, thats where this happended
Come to think of it I am Quite glad it happend where it did. Because it was the bay bridge the tow truck came within 10 minutes and towed us back to San Francisco, Free!!. I am also glad it didnt happen further away from home as it would have been more expensive for the tow,
Anyway the car is still in the garage, the valves are getting presure tested, and some other bit is off at the machine shop, cant remember what. Probably gonna cost in the region of $2000-$3000 to get fixed.
Jun 20, 2003 (9:01 am)
The guy at the garage is syaing that there is damage to the cylinder head gasket and that it will cost $2200 to repair. I think he means the cylinder head right?
He says $2200 to repair or $1500 for a new one.
What would you recommend, new one ore repair the old. Would there be any problems with a new one in an engine that has done 84,000 miles or is this the best option. It is cheaper, which I dont quite understand.
#20 of 26 Could have been worse...
Jun 20, 2003 (9:01 am)
Hunter's Point on a Saturday night!
Sorry about all that expense...bummer!
Jun 20, 2003 (9:41 am)
Apparently I have bust 19 of my valves, which I didnt think was possible?
The new cylinder head is actually Factory re-manufactured, rebuilt core with new valves and a 12 month or 12,000 mile warranty. this costs $1500 + labor.
He is suggesting I go for that, what should I do?
If I dont go for this he says that I need 19 new valves $1500-$1700 and the cylinder head machined $600 + labor.
The "new" cylinder head is cheaper, does anyone think this is the best option?, any comments on the prices? anything smell fishy?
#22 of 26 The reman head is the best way to go -
Jun 20, 2003 (9:49 am)
less labor money for the mechanic, though, but a better situation for you, and cheaper.
#23 of 26 And the grand total is............
Jun 20, 2003 (10:28 am)
$1500 for factory re-manufactured Head & valves.
$1500 labor!!! (inluding replacing timing belt).
Think I am going to become mechanic they earn more than I do.
At least the timing belt will be done and when I do the 90,000 service it wont be as expensive? I hope.
#24 of 26 uh, just because that's the shop charge
Jun 20, 2003 (10:57 am)
don't think that's what the mechanic makes. optimistically half, realistically a third of the hourly rate is what I would expect. if you gasp at the hourly rate at Hans' Autohaus, expect the mechanic is making maybe a quarter of it. and they have to buy their own tools.
Jun 20, 2003 (11:19 am)
I doubt it, this s the Audi servce center.
Anyway I am not debating how much the mechanic makes, just pissed off at how much I have got to pay.
#26 of 26 no argument on that score
Jun 20, 2003 (3:51 pm)
that's just the unfortunate breaks