2009 Pontiac Vibe Q&A
2009 Pontiac Vibe Question: RP quoted price for a PCV replacement on a 2009 Pontiac Vibe is $40-$52.
How can this be? The PCV is underneath/behind the intake manifold on the 1.8 liter engine and requires the removal of the manifold to reach it. Once there, a new manifold gasket would be required to put all the parts back together. Is there really a RP certified repair facility willing to do the job for $40-$52? - ZKingpin
The labor according to Mitchel should be 1.5hrs. R&R of the intake manifold shows 1.4 hrs, so your assessment is accurate, the quote is incorrect. One of the biggest failures in the trade over the last few decades is how flat rate times are "calculated". There was once a time when real labor time studies were done and from them a good technician could earn a bonus by working hard and being efficient. Today many of the times almost appear to be complete fabrications, and technicians (shops) usually get the short end of the stick. That IMO (in my opinion) plays a role in why some of the over selling starts to happen with the easy services. That's the classic two wrongs trying to make a right. BTW, the real question is, why do you think the PCV needs serviced? - cardocIII
It is quite possible it can be replaced without removing the manifold, by a mechanic with the right tools! (possibly!) Tricks of the trade. However that would not be shown in any time guide. Just some thoughts. - pushrod