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Unhappy Cost for Replacing Harmonic Balancer with Seal

Hi,
I need to fix an oil leak (not too big) in my 98 Mercedes E320. Specifically, I got the estimates for the following repairs from an independent shop:

Replace Harmonic Balancer & Seal:
Balancer $87
Seal $13
Labor $308

Replace Oil filter Housing Gasket:
Housing Gasket $22
Labor $220

Total $650

(There are 2 other extremely minute leaks, one in the Valve cover gasket and other in the rear seal, that aren't worth repairing at this time.)

The parts aren't that expensive. But the Labor is. I am in San Diego. Does anyone know of a good shop that can do the above for a lower price.
Thanks..
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Where in SD , and what shop ?

Where in SD, and what shop gave you the quotes ?
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Harmonic balancer had recalls on those cars. Call dealer and ask.
It might be your lucky day.
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Harmonic balancer had recalls on those cars. Call dealer and ask.
It might be your lucky day.
THAT is an excellent thought, Kajtek1.

Sorizon, I posted this several years ago (link below), so look at it and you can check to see if your HB is on the list. It's only for a couple of part numbers, but if yours is included the dealer will change it for free, and then there would only be a small additional labor charge to replace the TC seal.

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Thanks guys..will check..
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Recall is over. Labor should only be around .5 hour.

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