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Thread revival: quote close to $800 in labor for rad swap.
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Seems a bit high, isn't that like almost 7hrs of labor just for the rad?
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Is that figure including removing and replacing the clam?
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Two stupid questions:

1. Is there an easy way to find out if your secondhand (or more) 2005 Elise has had the recall service performed?
2. Is there a time limit on when it needs to be done?
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Two stupid questions:

1. Is there an easy way to find out if your secondhand (or more) 2005 Elise has had the recall service performed?

I assume they should be able to check the their database and see a log if the recall has been done on it?

2. Is there a time limit on when it needs to be done?
I assume that there shouldn't be as it's a safety issue, but I wouldn't wait to find out before it's too late. It cost me $$ when mines blew and left me stranded on the freeway. I would set an appt as soon as possible.
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Replaced my radiator preventatively. I modified my speedy bleed brake bleeding pressure system to work with the coolant. Filling and getting rid of air was about 2 minutes once I did that.

It sounds to me like the dealers are charging for complete clam removal and replacement with these prices and times quoted. I'm in the process of putting the clam back on and never having done this before, I'm going to be well below 7 hours from start to finish of time working on the car.

I also took a good look at the oil lines and I don't understand why they would remove the clam. They are not difficult to get to, in my opinion.
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Just a word of caution when getting your oil line recall done. Make sure the dealer shimmed the front clam properly! You can tell by fully opening both doors. If not properly adjusted the door will contact the panel in front when opening.

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I know I'm late to this thread but I just came across my invoice as I prepare to sell the car.

Here are is what I was charged for my radiator swap:

Labor $685
Coolant $20.72
O-Ring $1.98
O-Ring $2.08

Total $709.78
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was this with the clam already off or did it include removal and replacement?

What is a reasonable time and cost for the a/c pack relocate?
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Anyone want to sell stock Radiator?
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Anyone want to sell stock Radiator?
You don't want a stock radiator for anything unless you plan to replace the plastic end tanks with alloy ones (and do it yourself). It is cheaper and MUCH better to get an aftermarket radiator
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If you want a perfectly functional stock radiator, PM me, have one sitting in garage, ~18k miles on it, will unload cheap.


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what would be realistic upcharge time for the a/c resistor upgrade kit if you had the radiator out too? What is the preferred radiator - there seems to be a big spread in price?
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what would be realistic upcharge time for the a/c resistor upgrade kit if you had the radiator out too?
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I'd have thought 6 hours is not unreasonable for an experienced shop.

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What is the preferred radiator - there seems to be a big spread in price?
Everyone has an opinion on this but the bottom line is any of the all alloy radiators are better than the stock item... so if your car is road only go for the lowest cost one as it will be more than sufficient (I paid $500 for mine and bough from Elise Parts but that was three or four years ago).
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I am surprised at 6 hours with everything opened up (granted I have not been there...) does anyone have first hand experience???
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we charge 3.5 hours to do a radiator during recall, and 5.5 hours to do a resistor pack during recall. getting that box out can be a PITA.

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we charge 3.5 hours to do a radiator during recall, and 5.5 hours to do a resistor pack during recall. getting that box out can be a PITA.

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Having done both of these things before. These seem about right for a shop.

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thanks, I am a new owner...do you do both of these while the clam is off or wait for a rad or resistor pack failure? Is it a question of when, not if they fail? What is the common life expectancy of a radiator and resistor pack (and "they last until you get the clam back on" is not a good answer ....even if it is the right one...
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we charge 3.5 hours to do a radiator during recall, and 5.5 hours to do a resistor pack during recall. getting that box out can be a PITA.

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Many might call me a hack, or even lazy, but why bother to remove the old resistor pack? unplug the wire connector, plug into the new one and nicely relocate. 10 minute job. The old one comes off later when the clam is removed for some other reason.

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