Replacing hoses & belts in my `01 OBW.

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Bradley Walker, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. I'm curious as to how hard it is and what tools are needed to replace radio
    hoses and other needed hoses/belts in my OBW? It's not critical to do now,
    but I may want to attempt that later this fall if I have free time. The
    dealership wanted to rape my wallet of $450 for that. Suggesting that they
    are so old eveything could fail and I could crash etc. While I understand
    they've been in there now since the car was new (some have been replaced by
    the previous owner) I would rather enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling of doing it
    myself at minimal cost of parts.

    Is this something in the Chilton/haynes manuals? Or is it a no-brainer job?
    Or is it an experts only job?

    Bradley Walker, Jul 18, 2006
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    Pop-N-Fresh Guest

    i didnt know radios had hoses lol...
    replacing hoses and belts is very easy... usually you need nothing more
    than sockets for the belts and screwdrivers for the hoses
    Pop-N-Fresh, Jul 18, 2006
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    The $450 probably includes the camshaft timing belt which requires
    removing all the AC,PS and alternator belts. Then crankshaft pulley
    and cam covers to get to the timing belt. Before you jump take a look
    at for pictures & details. $450 is a typical price
    for a timing belt change. Ed
    Edward Hayes, Jul 18, 2006
  4. Nope, no timing belt included in that. The only thing that was specificied
    when I pressed the service manager to break down the costs was just radiator
    (whoops, didn't mean to type radio - heh) hoses, belts. He said replacing
    the one radiator hose that has a pinhole leak would run $89.
    Bradley Walker, Jul 18, 2006
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    Pop-N-Fresh Guest

    find a new mechanic... that place is a rip
    Pop-N-Fresh, Jul 19, 2006
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    Definitely find another mechanic. Ed
    Edward Hayes, Jul 19, 2006
  7. I'm definately doing what I can to not use them. See the above thread
    entitled "Replacing timing belt on `01 OBW" where the former service manager
    has offered to perform the major 90k mile service for me at a much
    discounted rate. For now though for smaller quickie things like oil changes
    and multipoint inspection I do use the dealership because for under $30 it's
    worth it in my time. Plus their over-exaggeration of problems I have can
    give me an idea of what does need to be replaced/fixed in the next year or
    so. So I like to think for now, while I use them for something small as oil
    changes, I am not using them for large and outlandish services.
    Bradley Walker, Jul 19, 2006
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    Pop-N-Fresh Guest

    no offense... but anyone who charges $90 for a damn radiator hose needs
    to be shot.
    Pop-N-Fresh, Jul 19, 2006
  9. None taken, and I wholeheartedly agree. That's why I figured that they were
    exaggerating the seriousness of the leak (if there is one - I'll be getting
    a second opinion soon) but do take it with a grain of salt to at least
    investigate on my own to see if there is any credibility to any of their
    repair claims.
    Bradley Walker, Jul 19, 2006
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