1998 Chevrolet Venture Q&A
1998 Chevrolet Venture Question: How long should it take a garage to replace the thermostat?
I was charged for only 2 hours of labor to replace the thermostat and I still have the overheating problem. It doesn't look like they have taken out all the stuff I have had to take out so far, and I have definitely put over 2 hours into it and am not all the way to the thermostat yet. Think I have been cheated? - Rats
Are you an experienced automotive technician with all the tools that one has? If so you may still not be as good as the other tech! Thats a pretty tough job for a thermostat but it can be done in less than 2 hrs. So no i dont think you got "cheated". Make sure when you get it back together that you BLEED the cooling system!!! 3.4 V6 i am sure. And yes that is a tough one right behind the crossover pipe. - pushrod
The backyard mechanics in my family had thermostats changed in under a hour. But you have to take into account that GM has a book that places all repairs in a timeframe and weather or not it takes that long it is what is charged. As I understand it, each dealership has their own book and time/charges can be different from the dealership just down the street. So i would say it should take under a hour. - kbedella
All auto repairs are based on a flat rate time. Not enough info to tell you if you got ripped. What engine do you have? - PARTS GUY
return for warranty work and complain - globalhelper