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Old 02-02-2012, 06:35 AM   #1
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timing belt replacement ,

I am getting my timing replaced on my 2004 Focus SVT.
is $1,300 a reasonable price any and all info in welcome !


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Me and my father did it this past weekend and it only cost us the price of the parts and didn't take longer than 5 hours. Now, I know doing something like this yourself isn't for everyone, but it's not really that hard and there are some good resources for doing it.
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Oh my! Is the astroglide included? Dude ur getting rapped... U could buy a winter beater or a motorcycle for that amount of money... Find some friends that can do it with u, buy the parts urself. I spent like $235 in parts and a buddy and i did it in about 3-4 hours. Check my thread in the texas section

Do you know how to change brake pads? Or instal an intake system? Or change shocks? If so you can do this no problem, go online and print the step by step instructions. You will also need valve cover gasket, idler and tensioner pulleys, accessory belt and water pump since you are taking those out might as well replace them. Spark plugs is not a must by why not?
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Thanks guys ! This is really helpful. But I do not have the means to do it. So what would be your guy's estimate for these repairs going thru a mechanic ??
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I called a ford dealer before deciding to do it my self and they guesstimated me at $700 add or take $100
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I would call around as well, a dealer would have the right tools on hand and if sales are down, service waits should be short. To your question, that price seems un-reasonable.

I think the book time would be about 2.5 hours, so if they're charging $90 an hour, $225 for labor, wholesale parts run $125 so expect $170 ish for parts. Should be under $400 perhaps a little more for fudge factors and extra coolant.
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^ i was explained that they have a set time for this. so theyll charge like 5 hours even if it takes 1 or 2...

ill be honest...if you know what your doing, no set backs, all tools and parts available and no BS in between this can be done in an hour or less... its really not as hard as it seems or as everyone else says it is...
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^ i was explained that they have a set time for this. so theyll charge like 5 hours even if it takes 1 or 2...

ill be honest...if you know what your doing, no set backs, all tools and parts available and no BS in between this can be done in an hour or less... its really not as hard as it seems or as everyone else says it is...
Well, hmm, yeah, assuming you have done one before, I did spend an extra 15 mins adjusting the intake cam a couple times to get it perfectly spot on and not just 'close' Without air tools yeah, couple hours max. The longest parts were the water pump pulley bolts and getting the serpentine belt on right.
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Ford has a whole book on labor for common jobs like TB replacement. It's called the 'flag rate'. Basically they time a couple of skilled guys doing the work and average the time it takes. The term flag rate comes from the same idea as a taxi cab where the flag goes down at the start, and up at the end.

The $700 comes from the labor hours plus the cost of Ford parts to do the TB job. If you add something else, like the water pump, it gets more complicated because to get the water pump out you would already have more than half of the TB job done. There's a complex calculation involved when you combine jobs.

I agree with the others that you should do the job yourself. You can buy the tools, and borrow a garage to do the job in less than a day. There are also videos on You tube that will guide you. The job is pretty easy. I guess for $600 if you don't want to get into it yourself would be ok, but I would not pay anywhere near $1000 for a TB job. Have them replace the water pump if you are around 100k just to avoid problems later.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:09 PM   #10
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SVT doesn't drive the water pump with the fan belt, just a serp belt drive, it costs a few knuckles to get the waterpump pulley off though.
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