How much should a timing belt and 3 seals cost in parts and repairs

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by ajo, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. ajo

    ajo Guest

    My service station replaced 3 seals and a timing belt as I was leaking oil
    like mad. What should the cost for labor and repairs?
    I paid $430.
    ajo, Nov 18, 2003
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  2. ajo

    Mad Sad Dad Guest

    for what car, model, engine size etc etc????
    Mad Sad Dad, Nov 18, 2003
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  3. Costs of parts are different in different countries, I only state my costs.

    On my 240 Turbo, I recently replaced the three front seals and also the
    gasket for the panel which holds the two lower seals. Parts cost me
    about US$37. A timing belt costs about US$13. This was in Sweden, where
    I happen to live. Since Volvo has a large market share here, I think
    parts are reasonable. The large share creates a market for non-orginal

    My prices are for Volvo original parts. The job took me a few hours,
    since I did a lot of cleaning. To get space to work, I drained the
    coolant and removed the cooler, which probably was not necessary. As a
    minimum you need to remove the fan, the V-belt pulleys and the
    transmission belt cover. Then you must remove the timing belt and the
    timing belt pulleys to get to the seals. An experienced mechanic can
    probably do this in 2 hours, including cleaning things up. Replacing the
    belt takes no extra time/effort if you do the front seals.

    Now this was for front seals on a "classic Volvo" (200/700/900) four
    cylinder. The rear seal is a bit harder (removal of drive


    240 Turbo Wagon '84 200 K Miles
    940 Wagon '92 150 K Miles
    on Swedish roads
    Gunnar Eikman, Nov 18, 2003
  4. ajo

    Dave Shannon Guest

    If you have a 240/700/900 I would refrain from going to that place again,
    the local Volvo independant did seals, belt and installed a VX cam for $350.
    I provided the cam.
    Dave Shannon (Spring Valley CA)
    1988 240 DL 19X,XXX
    1984 245 DL 20X,XXX
    1984 245T 19X,XXX
    '01 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 14K
    Dave Shannon, Nov 19, 2003
  5. ajo

    Alex Zepeda Guest

    For someone who has done the job before I think that 2 hours is a fair
    amount of labor to charge. Maybe $50-60 for the parts. $430 sounds a bit
    high. My shop of choice, which is on the expensive side at $84/hr, quoted
    a friend about $400 for the timing and balance shaft belts on her 91
    Accord EX. The Volvo (assuming it's a four cylinder 200, 700, or 900
    series car that doesn't have the 16 valve engine) is much.. much.. much..
    simpler and easier to get at.

    If you're going to do it yourself, and it's the first time you've done
    it.. budget for about 4-5 hours.

    - alex

    '85 244 Turbo
    Alex Zepeda, Nov 19, 2003
  6. ajo

    0.0@0 Guest

    I got timing belt and front seals replaced for $350.00. My daughter
    had the work done in Melbourne Florida. She's off at school. You
    could probably do better.
    0.0@0, Nov 20, 2003
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