2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Q&A
2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser Question: how do I go about replacing a leaking front oil seal.
ITS AN 8 FR JOB, YOU HAVE TO REMOVE ALL BELTS, TIMING COVER AND LOWER PULEEY ASSM. ITS A BIG JOB AND YOU SHOULD REPLACE WATER PUMP,TIMING BELT, TENSIONERS AND MOUNTS AT THE SAME TIME APPROX COST IS 1500.00 TO 1800.00 - globalhelper
I don't know were the global helper got his pricing from but it is a little over priced. to replace the front camshaft seals calls for 4.7hrs.labor times that by $60.00 hr labor rate comes to $282.00 labor or the labor to replace the front crankshaft seal calls for 5.0hrs labor times that by the same $60.00 per hr. labor rate and you get $300.00 for the labor rate. It is a practice to replace the water pump, timing belt and tensioner while you are already in that area. All but the water pump, will be removed to do the seals. but most shops will just charge for the parts, no labor other then some for the water pump and cooling system flush and fill. I do agree it is a big job! and not easy to get to everything. You will need a way to be able to lift engine up and down to get to areas ofr these repairs and a good assortment of hand tools. Call around your area and ask the labor rates of the shop use the above guide for estimated labor. - torque wrench