coolant bleeder housing replaced

Asked by Nov 18, 2007 at 06:53 PM about the 2001 Chrysler Concorde

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Dealer mechanic says to replace it for $ 500 - what does it do and why when I don't see any leaks?  

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I'm not 100% sure of what he is referring to, but I *think* he is describing the cast piece on top of the engine where the radiator cap now resides. This is no longer used to fill the engine, but it is used to remove pressure from the system and flush things. I have seen one or two of these go in my time with Chrysler Corp., but $500 sounds like a lot, and especially if it's not leaking. Now, if in the Concorde it's part of the radiator, it might be realistic. Have another dealership look over it, don't tell them that you had someone tell you you needed XYZ part, just ask them to look over it based on whatever reason you brought it to your dealer in the first place.

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I just paid 414.75 for replacing my coolant bleeder housing at the dealer. My 2003 Chrysler sebring was overheating and not heating the car. Labor was $223.95 antifreeze was 28.93 and parts 119.73 and this always gets me misc charges $15.00. then uncle sam gets his part $27.14. Enough to make a grown man cry....

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I just changed one on a 2000 concorde for a total price of 152.00 thats part labor and tax

Hey guys my name's chase and I've been a mechanic for 10 years. Z Water distribution pipe and bleeder valve housing is what you're talking about. It's very common problem on these vehicles, I had one car come through three times because the piece you're talking about the top just blew off 3x. Word of advice get the part from the dealer, I know it's more expensive but it's worth it in the long run because AutoZone has a lifetime warranty because you're going to use it and it's not that fun to replace when you have to take off the upper intake manifold...

And just FYI the median amount for the part itself is around 40 bux unless you go to the dealer where Mopar is around $80 depending on how well you can stroke their should have been charged about $250 most, that's about 2 hours labor ($140 for 2 hrs) depending on location, $60 for the part(housing) only a $10 intake manifold gasket, and the housing gaskets under 5 bux

He doubled the amount that he paid for the part, I understand you have to do markups but there's a difference between markups and screwing people, that's a good way to lose business. I guess I should also put it out there that just in case you've never worked at a shot before so you go to buy a part for $112 and my shop I get it for about 60 bucks I get it for half what you paid, so basically what I'm telling you is if somebody comes and tells you that the part is $120 and cost the shop 60

Not cracked or leaking, no problem. The problem is these days there's too many ignorant people running the shops they seem to think the Water distributor pipe is the same thing as a thermostat I hate stupid people like that that make people like me who bust my butt every day look stupid and nobody trust what I do

It works the same way as a water main and sewage, it just redirect the water where it needs to go and on any system where coolant line runs higher than a coolant reservoir Orr radiator cap there's going to be a bleeder valve on it somewhere because the air is going to rise above the lowest point of the coolant hence the water distribution pipe being the highest point at which the coolant travels is there a reason that has the bleeder valve on it comment as a matter of fact I'm working on one right now as we speak 2003 Chrysler Sebring 2.7 V6

IM ONLY CHANGING IT BECAUSE IT'S LEAKING ONTO THE PUMPS, so I'm changing that for one because it's easier and cheaper and obviously because it needs it and its easier than replacing the water pump, like I said find an honest mechanic I found one problem I know it has and I don't want to tell you you need to replace your water pump which is going to cost you $600 when the entire time and it's a $2 gasket on the distribution pipe. Just be careful those things tend to blow up in half

Come back to me after a decade of experience. like I previously stated, to many ignorant people out there who think they're mechanics because they can turn a wrench... knowledge is power and profitable, ignorance just gets REALLY expensive REALLY quick. Especially on these pos 2.7l

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