Replacing plugs, wires, serpentine belt and tensioner

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by MPost, May 31, 2005.

  1. MPost

    MPost Guest

    I have a 1993 SC-2 that just passed 100K. I took it into my mechanic to get
    some other work done, and he suggested that I replace my spark plugs and
    spark plug wires (for $400) and the accessory drive belt and tensioner (for
    $350). These prices seemed to be excessive, especially for the plugs and
    wires. Can anyone help me out with how hard these jobs are and whether a
    reasonably handy person could tackle them on his own?

    Thanks in advance.
    MPost, May 31, 2005
  2. $400??? Do yourself a favor and find a new mechanic!

    plugs are easy - you just need a 6" extension to get to them.

    and the accessory drive belt and
    drive belt - 14 or 15 mm wrench (depending on the year), and maybe 15
    minutes (included in the time if you do the tensioner). Tensioner is a
    bit harder, but not much. 2 10mm bolts after you've removed the belt,
    but it is a tight space there by the frame rail - I tend to put a jack
    under the oil pan, and remove the top engine mount so I can lower the
    engine to get easier access. figure 30 minutes.
    Kevin M. Keller, May 31, 2005
  3. Foo.

    Plugs - $5 and ten minutes. I use Champions.
    Plug wires - $15-20, same ten minutes
    Belt - @ $25, maybe five minutes
    Tensioner - @ $75 and maybe a half hour to 45 minutes; the two bolts are rather
    difficult to get to.

    I've done all except the belt in the last six months on a '95 SW2. The parts are
    instock items at AutoZone, PepBoys and O'Reilly's.

    You'll need feeler gauges, a pair of needlenose pliers, a plug wrench with 6-8
    inch extension, a 14mm open end wrench and a 10mm socket wrench. Don't forget
    antisieze compound for the plugs and bolts.

    And shoot the mechanic; he's ripping you off bigtime.
    William Hughes, May 31, 2005
  4. MPost

    marx404 Guest

    $400. for a tune up? you seriously need a new mechanic, he is ripping you
    $350. is a bit around or over what a Saturn shop will charge for a belt and
    tensioner (parts and labor). A serprntine belt is typically $200. to change

    marx404, May 31, 2005
  5. "marx404" <> typed until their fingers bled, and came up

    A serprntine belt is typically
    Um, No. it seriously takes 15 minutes. I wouldn't pay a shop more than 30
    minutes labor for it.
    Kevin M. Keller, Jun 4, 2005
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