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Larry1, Henderson, NV, July 11, 2009, 13:39
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Hi,
Why are you estimating better than 60 bucks to change a fuel filter on my old Oldsmobile, (1984) that costs 2.99 at Auto Zone here in Henderson???

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, July 11, 2009, 19:58
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    I just checked two estimates that said the labor to replace the filter was .7 hours. Parts sources on line say filter cost is $12 to $15 plus shipping. For anyone lucky enough and competent enough to be able to do some of our own maintenance and repairs we are certainly at an advance over a person that has to bring their car to a repair shop to have the fuel filter replaced.

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    Visitor, January 08, 2011, 09:29

    That does sound about right for the price of replacement, but what i cant figure is the math on that 1. If you figure $15 for the filter and 7 hours of labor, thats only about $6 an hour for labor?? Besides that I took an 11/16 and a 5/8 wrench under my 85 olds 88 and had the filter changed in less than 10 minutes!!!! Something sounds a little screwy there!!

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    eighty eight September 13, 2010, 14:16
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    Because mechanics want to get paid for their work.
    The fuel filter is most likely underneath the car on the drivers side just under the edge, follow the fuel lines.
    Use caution when loosening the soft brass nuts connecting the fuel filter to the delicate fuel lines. Especially on older vehicles where there is more corrosion.
    Need two open end either 9/16 or 1/2 wrenches to do the job. One wrench on each brass fitting of each end of fuel filter to prevent stripping the brass and or breaking fuel lines.

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