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Old 08-22-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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Ford Engine Tune-Up

I carried my 1996 Winnebago Adventurer with a 460 ford engine to the shop for engine analisys and was quoted $865 for a tune up with EGR valve and filters. That was $500 for labor and $360 for parts. That seems outrageous to me. Can you shed some light on this for me from your experience?
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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What part of Beverly Hills , Ca. was this shop located. Find a good garage to handle this. Dealers are always high, but this is out of sight.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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We'd need to see a break down of parts (to know what labor they're doing).
At shop rates, that's probably 4-5 hours of labor. If it's a "book" rate, it's high... IF you've got a class-A with a dog house, things like plugs can be easier... but things like belts can be harder...
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I have previously had belts replaced. This is just tune up with fuel filter and EGR and I guess oxygen sensor. There was 5 hours labor @$100 per hour included. I did not approve the repairs and will pick up tomorrow after ref. burner is cleaned and oil is changed.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:43 PM   #5
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On the non-class A, non-dog house Ford V10 engines they have to actually jack the engine to remove the spark plugs. Atleast that is what the stealer tells you.
But you are being quoted a standard per hour price and not a job price.
Call around and see what other stealers are charging.
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This is the 460, not the V10 so the plugs come out near the exhaust manifold. I agree, it'd take more time in a Class-C than a class-A... And many shops bill "book time" - not actual labor times.
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Replacing an oxygen sensor can be problematic when access to the engine is difficult.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:43 PM   #8
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I carried my 1996 Winnebago Adventurer with a 460 ford engine to the shop for engine analysis and was quoted $865 for a tune up with EGR valve and filters. That was $500 for labor and $360 for parts. That seems outrageous to me. Can you shed some light on this for me from your experience?
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One more item that you need to add to your signature is F53 if you have a Ford Type (class) A motorhome.

My 1995 F53 (same as your 1996) Bounder has the oxygen sensor located near the bottom of the engine oil pan and is as easy to excess as the drain plug. My spark plugs are changed by reaching in over or beside the front tires. The fuel filter (special tool) is very easily reached on the inside of the frame rail. When my check engine light came on I used a $30.00 Ford OBD I tester (a Ford Mechanic should have one) and it showed a problem with the EGR valve and Oxygen Sensor. The cause was the vacuum hose leading up to the EGR valve had disconnected in the right front wheel well. Reconnecting the hose also corrected the Oxygen sensor problem.

Spray a penetrant on the base of the spark plugs for a couple days before they are removed by your Mechanic.

You may have have saved enough money to fill your gas tank by asking your question.
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One more item that you need to add to your signature is F53 if you have a Ford Type (class) A motorhome.

My 1995 F53 (same as your 1996) Bounder has the oxygen sensor located near the bottom of the engine oil pan and is as easy to excess as the drain plug. My spark plugs are changed by reaching in over or beside the front tires. The fuel filter (special tool) is very easily reached on the inside of the frame rail. When my check engine light came on I used a $30.00 Ford OBD I tester (a Ford Mechanic should have one) and it showed a problem with the EGR valve and Oxygen Sensor. The cause was the vacuum hose leading up to the EGR valve had disconnected in the right front wheel well. Reconnecting the hose also corrected the Oxygen sensor problem.

Spray a penetrant on the base of the spark plugs for a couple days before they are removed by your Mechanic.

You may have have saved enough money to fill your gas tank by asking your question.
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Dwight: a quick word of advice to anyone changing plugs. Buy a set of good jack stands. Jack up the front end and put it on jackstands. Pull the front wheels. Place a piece of old carpet over the brake and spindle. You can now get to the plugs and wires in a comfortable position. After you have done this a few times, you can pull the two front tires in less that 15 minutes and it will save much time and effort.
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Thanks for all your help and advice. I carried the RV to another shop and it still cost $650.00, but that was a major tune up. I thought it was very expensive, but what else that is as much fun as an RV isn't expensive. I had an older model on a Ford chassis and it didn't cost nearly as much for a tune up. Then, that was a few years ago. Taking her out this week end to see how well she performs.
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