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Old 10-20-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

How long should it take mechanic to swap a bad cylinder head and install a new rebuilt unit.

10 hours sound right ?

At what cost - labour only - ballpark
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

I just did it last night and it only took me about 4 hours.
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

a mechanic using air tools. Hell no. it takes me 6 and thats with hand tools.
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

Quote: Originally Posted by ablues10
I just did it last night and it only took me about 4 hours.
same here and I lost half an hour dealing with a stripped bolt
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

most mechanics base there rate on what the computer tells them (mitchell on dmeand, maybe?) Thats justl ike I got an estimate for a rear main seal and it shows 5.2 hours and the goingrate around me 60/hr. Did the math and well was not going to pay over 300 bucks for a 20 dollar seal. Have not changed it yet, but asume me and a buddy can knock it out in less time than that.
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

I thought 10 hours seemed to be a little out there. I think I will get the mechanic to commit to a price first. I was thinking about $250.00 max as he runs a shop from his home and deals in cash.

I had to take the valve cover off today to identify the casting number ( 391 ) and was thinking there is tons of room to work and no air cond lines, very straight forward. Dont want to over pay as the parts are kinda expensive to begin with.

Besides this engine is spotless and would be a pleasure to work on. It's so clean I figure he should pay me for the honour of working on it.

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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

You can remove the head with the intake manifold (lower) and exhaust manifold connected. All you need to do is unfasten the connectors for everything above the head. Then remove the valvecover (8 bolts) then rockers and then head bolts.
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

Had a friend with a full garage set up quote me $300 for the labor on the head job.

Of course the problem was NOT a blown head it was a broke timing chain and he still wanted the $300 for labor on that. With the radiator removal and the tranny lines being replaced as part of the deal I figure it was just as much of a PITA as the head swap and for sure the parts cost was a lot less. A good deal? Anyone know the flat rate hours for the 2.2L timing chain & tensioner replacement?
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Gotta pull the fan, crank pulley, belt tensioner, then the cover. Its 2 bolts on the oil pan ad like 6 on the cover its self. You can do it in less then an hour or 2.
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

Quote: Originally Posted by longspur
I thought 10 hours seemed to be a little out there. I think I will get the mechanic to commit to a price first. I was thinking about $250.00 max as he runs a shop from his home and deals in cash.

I had to take the valve cover off today to identify the casting number ( 391 ) and was thinking there is tons of room to work and no air cond lines, very straight forward. Dont want to over pay as the parts are kinda expensive to begin with.

Besides this engine is spotless and would be a pleasure to work on. It's so clean I figure he should pay me for the honour of working on it.
dude if you pulled the valve cover yourself you can do a head swap.
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

It's the unknown and time factor that prevents me from doing this myself.



My mechanic had a difficult time with this job and ended up charging me the $250 he quoted. Money well spent and I still have the skin on my knuckles.
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Re: 97 2.2 cylinder head change - how many hours?

my head cracked on my 97 and im going to try to replace it with a used one. ive heard that from like 92-97 the heads are the same and ive heard that the casting number has to be the same. if its from another 97 s10 will it work when i replace it?
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