AnswerID: 302531 Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 18:30
A tandem service
should cost about $230 plus parts, the job takes about 2.5 hrs. I can describe (in detail) exactly what is involved if you wish.
In a service
, the bearing need to be cleaned and inspected, if they are faulty it only adds about half an hour per axle to replace them (everything is already pulled apart and cleaned, the only 'extra' is replacing the cones). The only thing that could add 6.5 hrs is if the bearings are absolutely stuffed and seized on the spindle, in which case the axle is probably toast also. It only takes a hour or so to replace the axle so their figure of 6.5 to replace the bearings is outright bullmanure, you have been taken.
Nothing should be replace without the customers consent except for the hub seals, they get changed regardless. All old parts should be offered to you for viewing.
A note on LPG work, it is a legal requirement for repair shops to notify the customer of any faults, it is up to the customer to give the go ahead. All LPG repairs require a certificate of compliance which you should be given.
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FollowupID: 568647 Submitted:
Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 20:33
That price seems about right to me also.
Bearing should last for years if they haven't been dunked in the salt or run dry.
Gas certificate is about $50.00 and must be done (in Qld) after any gas work.
6.5 hours for replacing four bearings is ridiculous.
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FollowupID: 568850 Submitted:
Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 17:38
I believe the certificate is an Aussie wide regulation, must be performed by a registered plumber.
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