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Head gasket question

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mowerman41, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a turf tracer with a 17 hp Kawasaki i have to bring it in to get the head gasket replaced I am looking at a ballpark estimate at how much it will cost?
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  2. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Depends on the model number. Is it an old flathead Kawi or OHV? Are you having the valves lapped, too?
     
  3. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ohv yes on the valves
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  4. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This can depend on how the service department bills time, weather it be flagged time or flat rate.
    I would quote 3.5 (@$75 per hour) hours to: Remove shroud, muffler, carb, valve cover and head, remove pushrods, remove springs from head, lap valves, reinstall springs, adjust valves at TDC. Only parts would be head gasket and valve cover gasket, intake and exhaust gasket.
     
  5. mowerman41

    mowerman41 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the help
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  6. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
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    The KAW flat rate book calls for 3.6 Flat rate times are usually conservative.
     
  7. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Its not like you have to pull the engine....
    If the book says so....it must be right.
    Maybe I'm just a little more used to heavy repair work.
    I've done a bunch of them in under 2 hours ,and resurfaced the head while I was at it.
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  8. BigFish

    BigFish LawnSite Gold Member
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    Actually the book calls for 2.6, I misread.
     
  9. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
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    No big deal. Never been a fan of OEM flat rates.
    I always charge for actual time. The flat rates are usually established by
    People who have never worked on a filthy engine.
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  10. blmc5150

    blmc5150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Wow that got weird.

    Back to the original question. I don't know how much of a difference it would be but I just had one quoted for my TT w/ a 23 Kohler and it was gonna be 150-200. Most of that in labor, only about 20 in parts. I ended up havin a buddy do it for 50 bucks and a 12 pack. :)
     

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