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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 12:50 AM
tombstone
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EVERY MECH. I HAVE SPOKEN TO SAID THAT A TUNE UP ON AN LT1 MOTOR IS VERY HARD, AND WOULD REQUIRE ALOT OF LABOR. ABOUT $250-$300 WORTH NOT INCLUDING THE PARTS. WHAT IS SO HARD ABOUT THIS AND AS ANYONE PERFORMED A TUNE UP THEIR SELF ON THEIR OWN CAR? WHAT ADVISE COULD ANYONE GIVE ON THIS?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 02:42 PM
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250-300 is rediculous. 150-175 labor is more like it. All a tune-up consists of is new spark plugs&wires and maybe the fuel and air filters.
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 08:48 PM
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My guess is that Chris has not changed the wires on his car yet. It really is a bitch, and you would be hard pressed to find someone who would do it for less than 4 hours labor. The rest is all pretty much standard *except* cap and rotor. That will run you about 400 parts and labor.
You would just replace the optispark.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-01-2002, 09:54 PM
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tombstone,

I just replaced my passenger side exhaust manifold, spark plug wires and spark plugs. I started at about 11 am and finished at about 7 pm. The driver's side wasn't too bad to change the plugs and wires, but the passenger side is tough. I think it would have been worse to change the plugs and wires if I wasn't changing the exhaust manifold as well. I've worked on many different types of cars and this was by far the worst experience for changing the wires. Just take a look under the hood and see how the wires are routed, you'll understand then.

Most people recommend taking the front wheels off to change the wires and plugs but I was able to do everything from the top.

Like bbodyguy said, changing the cap and rotor is expensive. You have to take the water pump and crank pulley off to change them. At that point you might as well just change to whole distributor(Optispark) and the water pump as well.

If you are not willing to do the work yourself, be prepared to pay the price!

Good luck.

Peter
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