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Old 10-12-2006, 05:46 PM
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Labor charges for 617 timing chain change

Can anyone tell me an aprox. labor cost to change the timing chaing, gears, and tensioner on a 1980 300SD? Thanks
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Old 10-12-2006, 06:26 PM
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I'm guessing that a good mechanic can change the timing chain, the tensioner, and the upper sprocket within three hours. Now, if you need the crankshaft sprocket changed, that's a completely different problem. I'm not sure on that, but, it's significantly more time.

Also, if you need to change the tensioning rail, you must figure another three hours for that.
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Old 10-12-2006, 09:54 PM
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We have three MB mechs in the area and one (who really knows MB Diesels) BMW/Merc mechanic. The indy that does BMW and MB is the cheapest at $98/hr and very good with the diesels.

Haven't had him do all that much but as an example:
Ship to stern inspection pre-purchase of the car: 1hr, included full report of what needed to be done, plus estimate ($6K, but it's a long list Used it to get the car for a buck ).

Valve adjust, valve cover gasket, timing chain check: $105.

I would think that $400 should be the top for labor (+ parts) based on this guy.

Mind you he's not perfect, he did quote $50 for injector return lines
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:03 PM
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We have three MB mechs in the area and one (who really knows MB Diesels) BMW/Merc mechanic. The indy that does BMW and MB is the cheapest at $98/hr and very good with the diesels.

Haven't had him do all that much but as an example:
Ship to stern inspection pre-purchase of the car: 1hr, included full report of what needed to be done, plus estimate ($6K, but it's a long list Used it to get the car for a buck ).

Valve adjust, valve cover gasket, timing chain check: $105 for a valve adjustment.


I would think that $400 should be the top for labor (+ parts) based on this guy.

Mind you he's not perfect, he did quote $50 for injector return lines
-nB
Thanks for the "reality check" sometimes I wonder about doing my own work, then i read a post like this
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