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2002 silhoutte lower cooling hose leak

Took van to dealer smell coolant did pressure test found bottom rad hose leaking
informed that need to order hose and molded part come as one piece and 3 hr labour

$750
Can this be true?
RL

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Hello, I do not believe I would be so quick to let them put that hose on, until I had a second opinion. That sounds like its a very exspensive hose and labor you really want to get a second opinion. I've been in this line of work over 10 years and worked at GM 3years. I never had a hose that costed much more than a $100, and that was a powersteering hose. Please rate this answer, Thank You.

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