Maybe in California in the land of the fruit and nuts, but in the normal parts of the country I would want to see an itemized list of the charges. It's very rare to need an anti-sway bar so I'm guessing you need a link. A new link could cost around 40 - 50 bucks, and while it's not necessary to replace them both, it is customary to do so since they're both the same age. Due to their design it can take a half hour to replace both, so $141.43 would be about right. In most parts of the country shops have to charge around $100.00 per hour for labor to pay all the taxes, insurances, regulations, and other expenses. If you saw a list of what they have to pay, you'd wonder how they could afford to stay in business while charging so little.
The charge for the transmission service is too high for a simple filter and fluid change. That would include resealing the pan with a new gasket. Most use sealant from a tube now instead of a cork or fiber gasket.
They apparently are quite proud of that idler pulley and are charging accordingly for it. First I'd want to know which one it is. There's one that is for the serpentine belt that runs the generator, power steering pump, and possibly the air conditioning compressor. On some engines those can be hard to replace but I doubt it would take more than an hour. The only reference I can find is for the 2.4L engine and that one includes a hydraulic damper. That assembly could cost around $250.00 to $300.00, so with labor it would appear they're charging double what it should cost.
Some engines use a timing belt with a tensioner pulley and an idler pulley. The water pump may be an idler pulley. It is customary to replace all of those parts along with the timing belt to insure the quality of the repair. The charge could be about right for the timing belt service. That is a pretty big job. Are you having a problem that was diagnosed as being related to the timing belt, or is it simply due for replacement based on mileage? A lot of import engines are of the "interference" design. A broken timing belt will result in very costly engine repairs due to bent valves so to avoid that those timing belts must be replaced based on mileage.
Find out which belt is related to that idler pulley. Based on the mileage you listed it is overdue for a timing belt and I'd be nervous driving the vehicle. If your engine uses a timing chain, the mileage is not a concern.
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 AT 11:58 AM