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How many hours of labor to change a power steering hose on a '98 Stratus?

Asked by codette (400points) August 27th, 2012

Just wondering if my mechanic is giving me an accurate estimate on labor time. I need a leaky power steering hose replaced on a 1998 Dodge Stratus. Smoke has been coming out from under the hood; it is steering fluid dripping onto the exhaust and burning off.

Replacing this single hose was estimated as a $350 job because it will supposedly take a long time to reach the location.

Does anyone know how long a job like this should take?

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CWOTUS's avatar

Go to and enter the details about your car and the work to be done, and your ZIP Code. (I had to select “power steering pump replacement” from the catalog; I didn’t see anything for “power steering hose” by itself.)

On a ‘98 Dodge Stratus 4 cyl. 2.4 liter base model in north-central Connecticut, that’s estimated as a $300 job at an independent shop, $513 at a dealer’s, and just under $100 in do-it-yourself parts cost.

So to answer your question, if the labor cost is around $200 (less the shop’s markup on the cost of the parts), then that seems like it’s about a two-and-a-half hour job, give or take (assuming shop labor costs of around $75 per hour, which is in the ballpark).

Your mileage may vary.

trypaw's avatar

Yes. They told me about 2–3 hours of labor for the job on my stratus. It was around 250$ after searching mechanics in the area. That was the lowest price!

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