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Old 03-09-2007, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi every one i just come from Taiwan to the US, and just bought the 2001 tuarus wagon in 2 month, and the timing cover gasket is leaking(in these 2 month i already spent more than 1300 dollars for the front breaking disk,water pumping,the belt.....etc), so I went to the shop and they told me to replace it need about 800-1000 us dollars again.(they show me a leak behind the water pump, and is leaking, so i guess it's really what they said. How much is the fair price for it to be fix? and how do they calculate the fixing cost?) since I'm new in US ( In live in rockville Maryland) is it reasonble price? and does anyone live near here can sugest a honest and reasonble auto repair shop? and by the way the coolant in the timing cover gasket is only dripping little by little it takes about 1 month to refill the coolant, if i did not fix it, do you think it will leak in to the engine and cause more problems? Thanks so much for your time
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Hi every one i just come from Taiwan to the US, and just bought the 2001 tuarus wagon in 2 month, and the timing cover gasket is leaking(in these 2 month i already spent more than 1300 dollars for the front breaking disk,water pumping,the belt.....etc), so I went to the shop and they told me to replace it need about 800-1000 us dollars again.(they show me a leak behind the water pump, and is leaking, so i guess it's really what they said. How much is the fair price for it to be fix? and how do they calculate the fixing cost?) since I'm new in US ( In live in rockville Maryland) is it reasonble price? and does anyone live near here can sugest a honest and reasonble auto repair shop? and by the way the coolant in the timing cover gasket is only dripping little by little it takes about 1 month to refill the coolant, if i did not fix it, do you think it will leak in to the engine and cause more problems? Thanks so much for your time
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Pictures might help, as it's very difficult to diagnose a leak via the Internet. Sometimes it's very difficult even in person, since air flowing over the engine while driving can move liquids a long distance from the actual leak.

Finding a good, reasonable shop near you is usually done through word-of-mouth -- that is, someone you know tells you about a good place. That can be tough when you first move... Cartalk has a collection of mechanics who have been recommended by the show's listeners at http://cartalk.com/content/mechx/find.html

Just enter your postal Zip code and how many miles you are willing to drive to a shop. You can enter a marque (Ford) if you want, but most American cars have very similar engineering and a good mechanic for a GM car should be a good mechanic for a Ford, except when specialized knowledge is required -- and specialized knowledge is what this forum has provided me, anyway, time and time again.
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