I am still in shock at being charged "3 Hours Labor/Labour" by my local Indy for changing my 'valve cover gaskets on my SLK 55. I've just found an old receipt (Replaced 2 years ago) from "SMERCS" who have only charged "2 Hrs."
I was hoping that the 55 guys who have had the gaskets changed at their Indy's or MB could give an insight as to what they have been charged (IE: How many Hrs) as this information could help 55 owner's prepare for what to expect and maybe 'haggle' before possibly being over charged.
PS: Also charged for a new 'crankcase breather hose that was supposedly in need of replacement?'
PSS: I'll certainly be changing my own valve cover gaskets in the future....
I had both mine done back in March, by my Indy.
The one that was leaking again was done by the local Merc Dealer a couple of years ago!!
I said to do the other one, while they were at it. He didn't like how this had been done, including the use of a self tapping screw
He cleaned away old sealer, retapped all the threads and resealed back both sides to rocker covers. Replaced small pitch allen bolts.
He said that the mistake some people do is throw too much sealer at it.
For the above work it was 3 hours, total bill was £229.
So if your guy did a similar job, perhaps it wasn't too bad?
Personally I would rather pay a bit more and have a decent job done.
Although I didn't get that 2 years ago at the local Dealer, paid a bit more and still got a crap job
It's invaluable to have an Indy (or Dealer?) that you trust.
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