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Question DetailsAsked on 9/25/2015

How much does a thermostat housing repair cost in an explorer?

I need to know if $281 is a decent price for having a thermostat housing and/or outlet changed in my 2008 Ford Explorer?

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Can't say for certain because different engine might vary, but the images I looked at appear to have a weide-open accessible thermostat housing like most vehicles - which BTW from blogs appears to commonly crack in some model years including yours. Including draining down and refilling the radiator to be able to change it out, about $50 part (more like $120 at dealer) and about an hour or a bit more labor, so $125-250 would be the range I would expect to see. Plus about $50 antifreeze if the existing antifreeze is more than say about 3-4 years old - be sure to tell him if you want the same coolant put back in, otherwise will use new. And be sure to specifiy (except at a dealer) if you want Motorcraft coolant used or not, otherwise you will get offbrand probably, which can be VERY bad for newer model aluminum engine parts. And be sure to specify that on the service order (cheaper to provide your own bought at Dealer than pay him to get it and have it delivered) - generally 50% mix of coolant and water is recommended.

I would say the $281 quote is probably a Dealer cost - otherwise I would, unless this is a mechanic you make the habit of always using because you trust him, look for a more economic source - or ask why it is so much. I know I can do this job (assuming no interferences that have to be removed to get at it) in about 20 minutes.

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