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Cost for valve adjustment on a 78' 308GTS

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Darolls, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. Darolls

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    I'm doing some research for a friend, and wonder if anyone has had just a valve adjustment done at a dealer.

    If so, I'd like to know what the cost was, and how many hours of labour were charged.

    I'm in the Chicagoland area.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Darolls

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    Anyone???
     
  4. Steve Magnusson

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    No hard data myself on this, but IMO it would be very rare to have just this particular service done so it would normally get wrapped into a larger "service" so the incremental cost is (or should be) less than doing it separately -- e.g., the engine cover is already off (if necessary) and the camcovers are already off for other reasons.

    Just a swag, but done completely separately ~6 hours might be the (charged, not actual) retail ballpark.
     
  5. jimangle

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    If you just want the valves adjusted and nothing else done, like belts, waterpump. It would probably run about $1500 by an independant shop.
     
  6. Steve King

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    Good shop should do it in 4 hours. Most of the time is removing and installing the various parts , engine cover , air cleaner and cam covers. The valve check is simple and if you need to adjust the clearance its just a case of measure and put the right shim in.
     
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  8. Darolls

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    Thanks to all who responded.

    Any Ferrari mechanics that can give me a hint?
     
  9. brian.s

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    4 hours! I would love to watch that. Maybe just the rear bank, check AND adjust, done properly.

    Brian
     
  10. Steve King

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    Brian this is with a carb car. The actual time to measure each gap is about 15 minutes for each set of cams. So a 1/2 hour to do the gap and adjustments. If you need to change more then 4 shims then you'll have bigger issues. Also this assumes that you will have shims available . This being said the extra 3 1/2 hours are for reassem. of the car. I suspect that an FI car will take twice as long.
     
  11. brian.s

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    Oh, I didn't realise that there would be no oil spill, parts to clean, gaskets to cut to fit, let alone putting on a lift removing associated parts etc. And who needs to run and leak check, clean off tools and eqipment.

    FWIW, Ferrari book time, which is a joke, for this is 5.7 hours.
     
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