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Old 11-07-2005, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Changing Oil Filter Housing Gasket and O-Ring

My car was leaking alot of oil, turned out the oil filter housing gasket and o-rings were the cause. A mechanic charged me 2.5 hours of labour + parts to do this job. However another mechanic told me it can be done in 1 hour. Did I get ripped off, has anyone replaced this gasket and o-rings.
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2.5 hours seems a little high to me, there is not much at all to doing the job. I don't know if you were "ripped" off. If he uses All Data like many mechanics do he just charges how ever many hours it says even if he can do it in less time.

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some mechanics will do 2,3 even 4 car repairs at once with assistants staying to the car will charge how much it took to fix all the cars for big jobs. Which is why some people are charged for 15 hours of work on a trany replacment. When it can be done in 5 even 3 hours if rushed.
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Thats the thing the other mechanic told me 1 hour from the software he has. This guy did'nt use any software he just told me the time from his experience.
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I think I need that done to fix my oil leak. I would trust the guy with experience, the mechanic I went to who did the software, ended up adding over an hr to the job (was for something else though).
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You got ripped off....

Yep, you got ripped off. Those seals are included in the factory oil filter kit and should be changed at each oil change. Takes all of 5 minutes. Find a new mechanic.





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Yep, you got ripped off. Those seals are included in the factory oil filter kit and should be changed at each oil change. Takes all of 5 minutes. Find a new mechanic.


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its more than a 5 min job, this is a gasket, you need to remove the alternator and the power steering pump to reach this. Its a housing gasket.
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All - I've begun the research on this job, and seem to find a "50/50" opinion on whether or not the fan/clutch needs to be pulled to provide access (2000 323i): I'd like to avoid removing this, if not absolutely necessary, due to what appears to be the need for a custom tool to lock the assembly prior to unbolting it... I have fairly small paws, so would prefer just removing the other items (airbox, alt, ps reservior, etc) - but if it's needed, I need to set about acquiring the special long clutch leverage tool.

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