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Old 10-24-2009, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default How much time does it take to remove and install transmission by the book?

Flex plate on my camaro broke and I need to replace it. My mechanic quoted me $400 dollars to replace the plate and do the crankshaft seal. I buy all the parts. Any way $400 turns in to 6 hour of labor... I don't think it takes that much to do all the work.

Can someone with factory manual give me the official time for this job and if possible tell me how long does it take on practice.

Also what other things are should be checked/taken care of while the transmission is out. Right now the only problem, besides a the plate, is a small leak (few drops) out of the rear transmission seal.

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mitchell and alldata is about 4.7 hrs. i can do it abought 2.5-3
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Hell I got so good at replacing transmissions I can do them in under 2 hours with a floor jack start to finish. 3 transmissions in less then a year, each time you keep getting faster and faster haha
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:59 AM   #4
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that top bolt always gets me
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Thx all, what about things to check while transmission is out... like end play of shafts or something?

I wish I could do it myself... but recently I have been warned not to work on my car in the garage and outside is kind of cold now :-( ... stupid coop and I have the cleanest parking spot of all.

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Rear main seal in a F-body is 6.7hrs by alldata time with an automatic.

Flex plate calls for 4.9hrs for what ever reason. Not sure why the big difference in time.
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thats about the going rate around here in nj. Well if anything now would be a good time to swap out the torque converter if you dont have a high stall in there now..
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To R&R Torque Converter Add
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Took me about 4-5 hours the first time. Not hard just time consuming with no power tools.
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if he quoted your 400. then u shold have payed the 400 and thats that!
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if he quoted your 400. then u shold have payed the 400 and thats that!
hu? He was asking if the price seemed right or if it was to much.
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Well it's all done, unfortunately I feel I got raped by the guy
$400 for replacement of fly wheel (cracked in three places around outer bolt holes)... which I think is too much but I agreed to this.

$220 for a starter... cuz he said mine broke... He said it would spin but wouldn't engage, I bet they didn't connect they didn't connect the solenoids correctly. I replaced it 1.5 month ago still had the warranty, but since he got it out already there was nothing I could do. I know the f#$%ing starter is $100 plus $50-40 core for a total cost of $60 and it takes freaking 30 min to change it.

The worst part is that I know the guy.

This is another lesson I learned... I remember when I got charged $800 for timing belt (not a camaro) where there was $200 worth of parts and I hated the way the guy did it... since than I learned how to do timing belt on the street myself with dealer parts for $300... I guess same will be for transmissions.

Thx for all your answers to my questions.

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wow, hopefully it can with a tub of vaseline
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Well it's all done, unfortunately I feel I got raped by the guy
$400 for replacement of fly wheel (cracked in three places around outer bolt holes)... which I think is too much but I agreed to this.

$220 for a starter... cuz he said mine broke... He said it would spin but wouldn't engage, I bet they didn't connect they didn't connect the solenoids correctly. I replaced it 1.5 month ago still had the warranty, but since he got it out already there was nothing I could do. I know the f#$%ing starter is $100 plus $50-40 core for a total cost of $60 and it takes freaking 30 min to change it.

The worst part is that I know the guy.

This is another lesson I learned... I remember when I got charged $800 for timing belt (not a camaro) where there was $200 worth of parts and I hated the way the guy did it... since than I learned how to do timing belt on the street myself with dealer parts for $300... I guess same will be for transmissions.

Thx for all your answers to my questions.
He shouldn't have charged you any labor for the starter since he had it out already to do the trans. If it didn't work when he put it back in and was done with the job, it could have been a bad cable connection or the battery needed a charge. Either way he shouldn't have replaced the starter without your permission since you had a warranty on the one that was in there. I mean the flexplate job is 4.9 hrs, so he is already charging you an extra 1.1 to do the seal. You would think he would just do the starter for free since it worked fine before he went in there, did it not? I could justify 6.0 if included replacing the starter after he installed it, otherwise I would have quoted 5.5 myself.

Did he diagnose it or did you? I usually charge .5-1.0 for diag time depending on how involved it is.
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So from what I'm reading it doesn't take a week to replace a transmission. My mechanic told me it would take a week
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So from what I'm reading it doesn't take a week to replace a transmission. My mechanic told me it would take a week
I could swap one out by lunchtime... (assuming no rusted/ broken bolts)
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A mechanic with a lift and all the proper tools should have it out in no more than 2 hours. Find a new mechanic.
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If I had a lift I could do it pretty quickly that's for sure.
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it can be done in less than 6 hours with all the correct tools not really a hard task pretty easy
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I love all the internet super mechanics. Removing an auto trans in an fbody is a pain in the ***. If you can't do it yourself, I wouldn't bitch about a $400 charge. That's a deal for most people. If you've never done it before, and some mechanics have not, I would set aside a full day taking your time.
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