Need labor guide rate info

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Old 07-09-03, 01:10 PM
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Need labor guide rate info

Can't get the $150 Chilton Labor Guide book right now, but need to get info on a major job.
Brother is trying to get labor rate info on doing a 1988 Honda Accord LX, 5 speed manual. The front drive axle and L & R long and short lower ball joints, prefits. (I hope I am making sense cause I don't know what the heck I am saying)

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Old 07-09-03, 01:56 PM
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Alldata allows 2.6 hours to replace both axles and 3.2 hours to replace both lower balljoints.

"prefit" balljoints come as part of a steering knuckle assembly. There's usually no need to replace the entire knuckle unless it has been damaged. The knuckle assembly lists for $249.19 each from Honda, where the balljoints list for only $54.16 each.


Labor times for suspension work are usually very generous, as is the case here.
 
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Old 07-09-03, 01:56 PM
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Not sure of the relevance of the question, but here goes .

Alldata says 3.2 hours for both lower ball joints and 2.6 hours to R&R both CV axles.

Actual cost depends on the shop's labor rate and parts cost, etc.
 
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Old 07-09-03, 02:07 PM
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Thanks guys! Brother is the shop. He usually charges way too little for the jobs he does. The parts on this Honda are over $400 and he wanted to make sure he charged a fair but reasonable fee.
 
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Old 07-09-03, 02:12 PM
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You're welcome

We have a used MOTOR Labor/Time Guide for sale in the BATauto.com Tool Store. Perhaps $45 is more in your brother's price range.

See the link below for details.

http://tools.batauto.com/index.php?c...on=show_detail
 
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Old 07-09-03, 02:23 PM
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I'll let him know. I guess the job times basically stay the same, so a 1998 isn't so bad, then just adjust current mechanic rates.
 
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Old 07-09-03, 04:14 PM
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The times don't change from year to year (unless an error is found in the book).
 
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Old 07-09-03, 04:37 PM
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What about the upper ball joints time?
 
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Old 07-09-03, 05:06 PM
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Was also a couple of hours from what I remember.

Count on the upper suspension bolts being dust and rotted, Japanese bolts/hardware are like gum and snap when they get old.

I'd tell your brother to go for Knuckles' offer--those books retail for $150 or more.
 
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