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Which side this the manifold leaking from
also is it 2wd or 4wd?
the bolt heads are badly rusting away
i know there is much labor involved in repairing it.
i am curious to know how much it will or should cost.
give me one min to get the labor hours for you
can you also tell me what is involved?
To replace the gaskets you are looking around 4 hours labor. Now if the studs are broken inside the head then i will be more time. I have had to remove the head before to remove all the broken studs but maybe none will break on you
they are very badly rusted. i expect they will break
well sometimes if you spray some pb blaster on them the nuts will come off.
there are almost no heads left on the bolts
worst case, they break. how much am i looking at?
It all depends on if they break where they break at. If there are some stud left hanging out you can get a retracter tool to get it now if they break in the head you can try a easy out. but if you cannot access you will have to take the head off
i can not do this repair
you can not give me a worst case cost?
am i better off bringing it to ford service or a private garage?
is my time up?
i will give you the instructions and you can try yourself. You might get lucky and none break. Your worse case scenario is the sttuds break in the head and head removal is a must. that repair is 11 hours
lol...i am not a mechanic
should i go to ford service?
it should cost about $1000?
If it was me i would call and get shop labor hours from the dealer and a good local mechanic then ask how long will it be. Me personally i work for ford so i would say carry it to the dealer but there are good local mechanics so the choice is yours
gaskets are around 20 bucks
labor is 4 hours at what ever the shop labor rate is
ok. you are confidant about the amount of hours in the worst case?
Yes worse case the labor rate for the head is 11.8 hours by the book. if they charge more then you will need to tell them
Thats for pulling the head off
If one breaks and they can get it out with a drill bit and easy out then add around 1 hour with that 4 hours
at least i can know if they are trying to screw me
yes im glad i can help
have a great day