I Feel that I was Ripped Off
I just had this Coolant Outlet Connector (service manual's name) replaced, local mechanic charged me $187.00. The invoice called the part a Coolant Tube Kit.
My daughter's 2004 Intrepid SE 2.7L engine check light came on, so I had her stop by the local parts store to have the car's diagnostic codes read. They told her that the thermostat probably needed replacing.
I didn't expect the thermostat to be where it was so I crawled under the car, yes I had to jack it up, and saw a bunch of red Permatex all over the thermostat housing. Ok, I bought a new thermostat and gasket and I was going to replace it yesterday.
The service manual says I have to remove the engine mount, bolt for the alternator, and the dipstick tube. After staring at the housing for 45 minutes, and not being able to determine how to remove the dipstick tube, I decided I'll let my local mechanic take this on.
The Outlet Coolant Connector was also leaking, I could see some staining. The thermostat housing was warped, that would explain the red permatex all over the place. The intake manifold would have to be removed (gasket replaced). Total bill, $641.00
1. I think I need to find another mechanic.
2. I don't care how long it takes me to do a job, I'm doing it myself for now on.
Sorry for the rant and the hijack of the thread.
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Last edited by popeye304; 08-24-2009 at 04:43 PM.