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Old 09-12-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
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Labor on Taurus V6 head gaskets?

What's the book call out for labor to replace both head gaskets on a 2001 Mercury Sable / Ford Taurus?

Anybody here done this job?
I have an offer to do this labor, but need to know how many hours it should take before I accept the job. It will be flat rate, so I don't want to sell it for 8 hours of labor if it calls for 12.


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Old 09-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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I dont know the answer but is it a Vulcan or Duratec car? They came with both and Id imagine doing HGs on a pushrod Vulcan would be a lot quicker than the DOHC Duratec
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:57 PM   #3
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Doing anything on a Vulcan is easy. I loved that engine in my Taurus. There would naturally be more labor involved in the overhead cammed Duratec. The most time consuming on both is getting to the side of the engine by the firewall. But again, even more so on the Duratec.

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it's the pushrod motor, not the overhead cam

8 hours for removal and reinstall of both heads seem about right for book rate?
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That should be pretty safe. It shouldn't take that long but 8 hours will give you a nice buffer for stubborn bolts or other unforseen obstacles.

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Taking my time, hand tools only, had them both off in about 4 hrs.
Could have saved a bunch of time if I had ratcheting wrenches, and my whole toolbox, but I was working out of a little travel toolbox.
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sounds like 8 is fair then. I'm doing a set of valve cover gaskets on one today. book labor on that is 3 hours. Would be easier if they didn't jam these wire harness clam shells in there.
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