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2002 Oldsmobile Silloete Van Lower rad hose leaking

Went to dealer smelling coolant did pressure test informed lower rad hose leaking need to replace
hose is attached to a molded piece need to order 3 yr labour

$750
Can this be true
RL

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Wow, they are seriously over charging you. i would shop around for a better quote.

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