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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:49 pm    Post subject: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

I know I know, just search it someone has already discussed this. Searching The Samba is impossible. Have an 85 and been experiencing a coolant leak lately due to the changing temperatures on the east coast. I live in a city so doing the work myself is tough and quite frankly I'm not the best mechanic. So just curious as to possible costs.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

Searching the samba is really easy - just go into google and type site:thesamba.com plus whatever search terms you want.

The cost of replacing the hose depends on which hose it is - in terms of the cost of the hose, the ease of replacing it and how much coolant you will lose. Some hoses are cheap and easy to replace and you might not lose much coolant. Some hoses are expensive or hard to replace and you might need to do a full coolant refill.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

it also depends ...... an hour job could be 50 bucks, or 150 bucks or some other value.

your best bet for an estimate is call around for an estimate.

If we know where you live, maybe some folks can give you a recommendation for a local shop that knows vanagons and hence can perform the task fast, and thus save labour time.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

Bay Area-- as advertised.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

Bay Area. East Coast.

I guess it doesn't matter. The only answer here is "It depends". From $50 for an easy access hose replaced through the engine hatch, to $700 for one of the large water pipes from front to rear.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

Terry Kay wrote:
Bay Area-- as advertised.


that narrows it down???????
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

no need to blame the search,
labor costs are rarely talked about here and certainly with little specificity as it varies from shop to shop within the same town... so best bet is to make an appt and ask
maybe there's a shop and review listed for your area in http://roadhaus.com/shops.php
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:04 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

To the OP, which city do you live in? Once known, couple of us might be able to recommend someone.

Oops! Bay area, east coast. That rules me out. Sorry
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:13 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:33 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

Rule #1 for anyone who owns a vanagon: If you don't do the work yourself, you must have a good VW shop that you trust. Even if you do most jobs yourself you still need a good backup shop.

There is no way to know in this case if a hose clamp is loose or a long coolant pipe is cracked or the end falling apart. Could be a twist of a wrench, or a $1000 coolant system overhaul. That is why you need a place you can trust.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

"Coolant leak due to changing temperatures on the east coast."

Are you sure it's a hose?
I'd use the roadhaus resource to find a decent mechanic near your area and have him/her look at it. Or, just figure out which locally owned radiator shop has been in business since 1985 with the same ownership.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

East coast bay area can mean only one of 2500 places.

This really is nuts.
The guy asks for a hand, and evaporates---Poof---
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

To even begin to answer a question like this...

Which hose or hoses, under what conditions, how much coolant. Show pictures if possible.

From there you might get a ballpark.

For metro areas I would guess the shop rate is between $125-175/hour.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

Terry Kay wrote:
East coast bay area can mean only one of 2500 places.

This really is nuts.
The guy asks for a hand, and evaporates---Poof---


Sloooow down.... he hasn't logged in yet today.... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

I live in Pittsburgh
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

Terry Kay-- sometimes life takes over. Two kids 6 & 1 are generally more important than my van problems
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

We can all agree on that (children) - I think the sentiment is more that your original post didn't have enough information to answer it.

Also, while The Samba is difficult to search sometimes, as mentioned, using Google to search it helps a lot. You probably didn't find an answer because asking something so nebulous isn't going to get you any good answers.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

zwicky873 wrote:
Terry Kay-- sometimes life takes over. Two kids 6 & 1 are generally more important than my van problems


oh, some folks have their priorities all mixed up!!!!!

anyway hopefully a local to you will post with a good recommendation for a vangon knowledable shop. or maybe offer to gelp you.

which hose(s) need replacement?


good luck, and enjoy the van and your kids. If you are like my folks, your kids will,have fond memories of road trips, camping etc... in the van (for me it was Dads 63 Microbus)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Cost of coolant hose replacement at a shop? Reply with quote

mikemtnbike wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/PittsburghVanagonClub/


OP, should be some good contacts in that club to help you out. Very Happy

Hope your kids enjoy the bus. Mine does... Very Happy
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