Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mid Hudson Valley, NY (USA)
Re: Actual Labor Hours? (Timing Belt)
In my area the posted labor rate is $115 / hour. So subtract the cost of the water pump, timing belt and gaskets, misc shop supplies, a gallon or two of premix coolant and tax, and it nets out to be a 6-7 hour job. Call it pretty much a full day.
One dealer is $150 more than the other, but they include replacing the belts as well? So let's call external belts a $50 item. They are still separated by $100. And I'll bet their flat rate manual shows changing belts is a 0.9 hour task, or about $100.
But they have the belts off anyway, so labor should be free, right?? True, but their clock-rate hours go by task, and you don't get a break on overlapping tasks unless you make a fuss about double-dipping.
Current: '15 Sienna Limited Premium (FWD), '14 Subaru Outback, '13 Honda CRV AWD.
Past: '08 Sienna LE (FWD), '02 Subaru Outback, '02 Honda Odyssey EX