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Date registered: Jan 2008
Vehicle: 1995 S320
Location: Port Orange, Florida
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WHAT IT COST: The code was PO1700 transmission code. When the tech got to looking at it, he discovered my oil leak.
I’ve had this particular leak for some time, maybe a year, but my previous mechanic said not to worry about it is long as it was so small. For the time being, it was more a nuisance than a problem. The small drop of oil appearing overnight was getting worse in recent months or maybe it just seemed that way because I hadn’t wiped up the garage floor since Thanksgiving. This new mechanic, Ned, didn’t want to work on the transmission without dealing with the leak too. He simply felt I wouldn’t be satisfied. It think it had more to do with his pride of workmanship, i.e., he didn’t want to do one thing well and leave something else in such obvious need of attention. (Lucky me! These types of pros are such a great find.)
The engine oil leak was coming from the Timing Chain area evoking the oft-heard refrain, “It’s not an expensive part it’s just HARD TO GET TO.” I hate that. “It’s hard to get to.” One hears that a lot with these cars. He also kept Stella overnight. He wanted the gaskets to seal well before he finished with transmission service.
He cleaned the transmission valve body twice, once yesterday and once this morning. He said it was very dirty (my last transmission service was 7/05) and full of metal shavings and fiber, likely from the clutch. However, this morning, Ned announced that the Transmission Valve Body is “perfect.” He suggested that I stay away from the lower gears to take it easy on the clutch.
Grinning ear to ear, I said, “Well I guess the next thing to worry about will be the engine wiring harness?” Ned reported that he had wrapped taped around parts of it to ward off exposed wires. This got another big grin from me and I shook that guy’s dirty hand with pleasure. (I wanted to hug him.) So here’s the bottom line.
The cost of the diagnostic was $100 discounted to $40.
Transmission service: cleaning, fluid, conditioner, filter - $206
Oil Change: 10W30 GT-1 high mileage with seal max, filter - $54
Timing Parts: Valve cover gasket set, R&R timing chain tensioner rail, timing cover gasket set with tensioner seals (Labor was $675) - $812
R&R Valve cover gasket - $127
Shop Supp - $25 (I don’t know what this is)
Tax - $82
So…how did I do?