Hi Backyard Mechanic,
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I may have confused you - I thought my car, being perhaps a 6 cyclinder (I dont' know for sure - but I DO know it's definitely not an 8 cyclinder), meant it was a smaller engine. When someone at the shop where I took it to looked at it, he mentioned the liter thing I relayed to you - making it seem as though my engine is bigger than what I thought it was. I guess I'm confused as to how replacing a water pump on my car, had it had a smaller engine, went from 1 1/2 hours and about $300 to 5-6 hours (or, as they said to me, "an all day job") and almost $500 because the engine is alledgely "bigger" than what I reported to them on the phone. I mean, if you have to remove an exhaust manifold, for instance, how does engine size affect the labor in doing so, if at all? I know I should get it fixed ASAP, but my finances just aren't such that I can do so at this point in time. If given about one more month, I can. Tell me how to nurse it until then, if you can.
Thanks again for your help, as I don't have anyone to lean on and I'm still learning about this car, as I just bought it in September. Jean Grant
Monday, December 11th, 2006 AT 9:29 AM