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Default Rocker cover seal replacement

I have been quoted $1410 to get my rocker cover seals done. Is this a good price?

Breakdown of costs:
R & R O/S & N/S ROCKER COVERS, 300.00
REPLACE ROCKER COVER GASKET, SPARK PLUG SEALS
& BOLT SEALS
2.5 R & R FRONT TIMING COVER & REPLACE LEAKING CAM 250.00
& CRANK SEALS, R & R TIMING BELT & INSPECT WATER
PUMP & HYDRAULIC TENSIONER
1.0 TIMING BELT KIT (INCLUDES CAM & CRANK SEALS) 520.00 520.00
1.0 ROCKER COVER GASKET KIT (INCL. SPARK & BOLT
SEALS) 220.00 220.00
1.0 WORKSHOP CONSUMABLES (INCLUDES ENGINE
DEGREASE) 20.00
4.0 PLATINUM SPARK PLUGS (RECOMMENDED) 25.00 100.00
1.0 UNDER TRAY BOLTS 0.00 0.00
IF TIMING BELT DOESNíT REQUIRE REPLACEMENT, WE
WIL REVISE THE QUOTE ACCORDINGLY
WE REINSPECT OIL LEAKS AFTER TWO WEEKS OR
1000KMíS, FREE OF CHARGE.
SUBTOTAL
GST
TOTAL $1410.00

The mechanic was a Subaru tech and did his apprenticeship working on SF and SG Foresters so I get the impression he's pretty trustworthy......my main fear being that annoying bolt/washer/nut that always remains on the workshop floor.
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includes timing belt change and cam seals, which are a bit of a pain -- sounds pretty reasonable (if painful).

Suggest you ask him to replace water pump and belt tensioner rather than just inspect them.
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^ I agree - good advice and cost seems reasonable.
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btw - if you're happy changing plugs yourself - don't bother with the platinums.

Just go copper ($4 each) and change more often.
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Timing belt was done 20k kms ago. Water pump was done 10k ago so those bits should still be ok. Hopefully it will come up cheaper.
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Did you use a genuine pump and timing belt? They and seals and pulleys and tensioners should all be replaced with genuine parts at every timing belt change. Whoever did the last timing belt change should have done that, and now you know why. If tis is the same mechanic doing all this work, I'd be looking for a better mechanic. This means 3 times the front has been off the engine when it should only have been once.
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Yeh it's pretty annoying having the front taken apart again, but it's a different mechanic now because the previous mechanic has since retired. Maybe his passion for the job was waning. The new guy definitely seems much more competent.

I would have requested genuine parts last time but who knows what we'll found in there? I'll get him to check the quality as well as condition.

At 220,000 kms I kinda expected at least some expense in aiming to get another 220,000 kms out of it.

Transmission seems to be the most expensive part of the Foz. About 50,000 kms ago I reversed into a boulder in Parachilna Gorge - moved the rock about 1m before stopping. The bumper popped back out but the steel beneath is pretty munted and reverse hasn't been the same since. It creaks, moans and clunks but still goes although I have been waiting for a bang and no drive to suddenly occur for a few years now. I should probably get that fixed too but a gearbox pulldown sounds like bankruptcy.

Then again, I might be able to get an Alldrive Subaroo DR box swapped-in rather than get my reverse rebuilt.....the price might be similar and might even require less workshop hours.
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Not sure if you have seen what I have done to my car, but apart from the engine conversion, Dave at A1 Tuning & Performance has done almost all of it. I know he knows his stuff, Worth a try if you want the job done right.
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I'm always on the lookout for good Subie mechanics. Only problem is Rossmore couldn't possibly get any harder to get home from without a vehicle. Alldrive are not too far from trains but I've never tried them. The ex-Subaru tech who is doing my seals next weekend is coming to me to do the work which is extremely convenient.....but whether he can source and install a DR box in my in-laws' garage is something I'd have to investigate.
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Oh - hang on - timing belt only 20k old? Not even worth looking at, really.

Expect much much less for this work. There's no reason he should replace the belt (maybe he's just being cautious and giving you the max price, which is a good thing, I guess).

but... I don't know why he'd be taking the timing cover off if just replacing the rocker cover seals. AFAIK, you can do them without going anywhere near the front end... and getting that cover off is half the labour (drain coolant, remove fans and rad, remove belts, etc etc).

For your g'box - just get a unit from a wrecker with a warantee (few hundred bucks) and swap it/have it swapped in. Not worth mucking around with a rebuild unless you want something special.
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