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Old 05-06-2017, 07:52 PM   #1
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AOS replacement Cost

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Took my '98 Boxster base to a shop to have him diagnose and fix a vacuum leak. That part was fine.

He noticed that AOS is leaking oil. He recommended swapping it out, and the estimate is rather eye-watering $965! Does that seem reasonable? I'd do it myself but it appears to be rather a PITA job...

(BTW if anyone in the SF Bay Area knows of a good shop with reasonable rates, I'd love to hear from you!)
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:36 PM   #2
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AOS leaking a little oil is not uncommon. Oil use or smoke is cause to replace it.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:47 PM   #3
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The part can be had for about $100. I'd estimate about 3 hours to install If I was doing the work on my 03. I've done it once in the car and it is a PITA. So they charge you $200 for the part (markup is fair enough) and the rest is labor. Seems a bit steep.
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I paid $461.93 (parts/labor) to X/O the AOS, oil line and breather hose from an indie shop in Jan/2017.
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I thought it was a bit steep...

They do a good job, but hourly rate is $165. So they're charging quite a bit of hours! I'll shop around...I know I live in an absurdly expensive area, but still...
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350 for me. Including top and bottom hose replacement.
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Old 05-07-2017, 05:35 AM   #7
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It is a PITA, but doable. I took my time and it took about 2 hours.


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Bloody hell thats crazy. I did this yesterday on my 99. Part cost 122, genuine porsche. Took me about 75 minutes, with minimal tools required.

A shop with experience should easily be able to do this in under 2 hours. 500 max and even thats crazy.

Id ask them to put a worm clamp on the bellows which makes future diy easy
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