I had a coolant leak and took it to a local place for service. They said the water pump was leaking and the supply tube was soon going to be. Here is what I was charged.
Thermostat, 17.48 - seems about right
Water pump 69.08 - NAPA sells them for about $40 with the gasket
Water Pump Inlet Tube, 87.48 - NAPA sells them for $45.
13.50 for radiator cleaner
13.50 for coolant system conditioner
32.93 for shop supplies
Now for the labor.
40.00 for possible coolant leak - this doesn't seem to be any more difficult than putting it on the lift and seeing the leak is at the pump.
64.00 to flush coolant
64.00 remove and replace thermostat and gasket
136.00 remove and replace water pump
72.00 remove and replace water pump inlet tube
As noted the pump and inlet tube are way higher than what they cost at NAPA. Is it common for shops to make money on the parts they use in repairs to the tune of that type of markup. How do the radiator cleaner, coolant system conditioner and shop supplies charger look? What about the labor costs? They seem awful high to me.
Thursday, October 18th, 2012 AT 10:22 PM