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Ford F-150 Truck Bed Replacement Cost

Truck Bed:

The replacement cost of a Ford F-150 truck bed varies from $1000 to $2000 based on the year model, the condition it is in and the length of the truck bed.

Truck Bed Cover:

An F-150 truck bed cover would cost anywhere from $210 – $540 to replace with prices varying based on the type of material used whether vinyl or twill weave, the type of finish whether powder coated or silver, the type of locking mechanism whether snap on, leverlock, trigger latch or peel and seal and the duration of warranty.

Truck Bed Mat

An F-150 truck bed mat will generally cost around $60 to $150 with prices based on whether the material is polypropylene or rubber as well as the length and width of the mat.

Truck Bed Tent

An F-150 truck bed tent will cost around $170 – $260 with prices varying based on the material, finish, height, capacity, number of mesh windows, side vents, accessories and warranty.

Truck Bed Extender:

A Ford F-150  truck bed extender will cost around $100 to $250 with prices based on whether the material is stainless steel or aluminium and the finish is powder coated or polished.

Truck Bed Rail Caps:

An F-150’s rail caps cost around $80 to $150 and prices are based on whether the material is plastic or stainless steel, finish is smooth or ribbed, inclusion of stake holes and warranty period.

item Cost
 Truck Bed  $1000 – $2000
 Truck Bed Cover  $210 – $540
 Truck Bed Mat  $60 – $150
 Truck Bed Tent  $170 – $260
 Truck Bed Extender  $100 – $250
 Truck Bed Rail Caps  $80 – $150

Toyota Corolla Interior / Exterior Door Handle Replacement And Instructions

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Toyota Corolla door handle varies between $2 to $30 on average per handle depending on your year model, where you’re located and whether you are looking to replace the interior or exterior door handle and the type of finish as well whether silver or chrome.

How much time does it take?

The time taken to replace the interior door handle is around 10 mins and for the exterior door handle it is around 20 to 30 mins.

MODEL YEAR Interior Door Handle cost exterior door handle cost
 1995 – 1997  $5  $8
 1998 – 2002  $2  $7
 2003 – 2008  $10  $30
 2009 – 2013  $8 to $30  $30
 2014 – 2015  $20 to $25  $15

Instructions To Replace / Install Interior Door Handle On Toyota Corolla

1. First, use a screwdriver to remove the screw from the door handle.
2. Now, slide the door handle forward and pull it out slightly,
3. Behind the handle you will find a clip on a rod. Remove this clip from the rod and take out the handle.
4. Now, take the new handle and fit the rod into its clip. Pull up on the handle to lock the clip in place.
5. Finally slide the whole handle in and screw it tight.

Instructions To Replace / Install The Exterior Door Handle On Toyota Corolla:

First follow the instructions to remove the interior door handle and then proceed

1. Pry open the switch panel using a screwdriver and pull it forward. Disconnect the switch panel and keep it aside.
2. Now, pry open the armrest tab and also remove the mirror panel on the inside.
3. Remove the two screws holding the armrest in place and also to remove the clips holding the door panel in place.
4. Now take off the door panel and also pull back the water shield. Inside you will find a clip near the door handle, flip that clip off from the rod and pull the rod out.
5. You will also find another clip near the lock, flip that clip off as well and pull the rod out.
6. Remove the two 10mm bolts from the handle and the handle should now come out free.
7. Switch the lock mechanism over to the new handle and fit the new handle into the slot where the old handle used to be.
8. Finally, put all the clips, rods, screws and panels back in place.

Ford Focus Alternator Replacement Cost And Instructions

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Ford Focus alternator varies between $400 to $700 on average depending on your year model, where you’re located, the amperage output of your new / remanufactured alternator and whether you get it done at a dealership or at a local mechanic. The suggested cost here includes the cost of the alternator at the lower end of the price range plus labor. A new alternator would cost you about $200 to $300 whereas a remanufactured one would cost about $100 to $150. Also if you are going to replace other things like the alternator pigtail, air duct, voltage regular or cable then the cost may be a bit higher.

How much time does it take?

The time taken to replace the alternator is usually around 1 to 1.5 hours.

Where is it located?

The alternator on a Ford Focus is located under the belt tensioner.

How much would a rebuild kit cost?

A rebuild alternator kit for the Ford Focus would cost around $20 to $25.

MODEL YEAR Alternator Cost TOTAL REPLACEMENT COST(PARTS + LABOR)
LOCAL MECHANIC DEALERSHIP
 2000 – 2006  $110 – $370  $400 – $450  $500 – $600
 2007 – 2010  $150 – $300  $450 – $500  $550 – $650
 2011 – 2012  $245 – $300  $550 – $600  $650 – $750
 2013 – 2015  $260 – $300  $570 – $620  $670 – $770

 

 Instruction To Replace / Install An Alternator On A Ford Focus:

1. First disconnect the battery cable and remove the 10 mm bolt on the passenger’s side to release the water bottle.
2. Move the water bottle and the power steering reservoir out of the way.
3. Underneath the car, remove the two 10 mm bolts that hold the cover in place. Inside, you’ll find the belt tensioner and a 15 mm wrench that you can turn clockwise to loosen the belt.
4. Now pull the belt off the A/C compressor as well as the alternator pulley and push it aside.
5. Unto the bolt that holds the bracket to the wiring harness.
6. Loosen the bolts that hold the alternator in place and also disconnect the connector that connects to the wire harness.
7. Disconnect the power connector and any other wires that may be in the way.
8. Now remove the old alternator, put in the new one and connect everything back again.

 

Dodge Ram Dashboard Replacement Cost And Instructions

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Dodge Ram dashboard cover varies between $30 to $60 on average depending on your year model, the dash cover brand, what material is used like fiber foss or velour, color tones and warranty period. A plastic dash cap though will cost about $150. A dash bezel will cost you about  $120 – $180, dash kit is around $10 – $20 whether it’s single din or double din and dash lights are also similarly priced under $15.

Model Year Dashboard Cover cost
 1995 – 1999  $33 – $53
 2000 – 2004  $40 – $55
 2005 – 2009  $30 – $60
 2010 – 2015  $35 – $55

 Instructions To Replace The Dash Cover On A Dodge Ram:

1. First wipe the dashboard down with an ammonia-based cleaning solution and then scrape it with fine sandpaper. Also, if you find any weak or broken pieces of the dash remove those and put them aside.

2. Now, wipe off any dust on the dash cover and if you notice any overflow of paint on the underside sand that off with sandpaper.
3. Apply a silicone adhesive along the edge of the dash cover and around the edge of the holes.
4. Now, fit the dash cover onto the dashboard and push it down. You can also stick some cardboard pieces into the crevices of the windshield to hold the dash down until the glue dries up.

Jeep Wrangler Front Bumper Replacement Cost

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Jeep Wrangler front bumper varies between $125 to $500 on average depending on The finish whether it’s primed or chrome, whether it comes with mounting brackets, warranty period and quality of materials. The cost For the bumper cover is generally $100 to $200 and for the plastic end caps the cost is about $30. Steel powder coated end caps though are much more expensive and will cost about $200. The front bumper light bar may cost anywhere from $50 to $300 based on the number of lights supported, diameter and finish. Also if you are going to give it to a dealer or mechanic to get it fixed it could cost $100 to $200 in labor.

How much time does it take?

The time taken to replace the front bumper is usually around 1 to 2 hours.

Model Year front Bumper cost front bumper cover cost end caps cost light bar cost
 2000 – 2003  $120 – $200  $50 – $100  $30  $50 – $100
 $2004 – $2007  $125 – $150  $60 – $120  $35  $50
 $2008 – $2010  $280 – $410  $70 – $110  $68 – $90  $100 – $285
 $2011 – $2014  $230 – $490  $100  $30  $170 – $250

 

Mazda 3 Headlight Replacement Cost And Instructions

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Mazda 3 headlight bulb is around $15 for the halogen bulb and $40 for the HID bulb and for the headlight assembly it is between $ 110 to $ 680. These costs vary depending on your year model, where you’re located and other things like CAPA certification, SAE compliance, warranty period, quality of materials, finish, and whether the assembly comes with or without bulbs or even a wiring harness. The halogen assembly is generally on the lower end  of the price range while the Xenon assembly is on the higher end.

How much time does it take?

Replacing the bulb shouldn’t take more than 5 to 10 minutes. The assembly could take longer though,  about half an hour.

 

Model Year Headlight Assembly Cost
 2004 – 2006  $115 – $680
 2007 – 2009  $116 – $250
 2010 – 2013  $112 – $340
 2014 – 2015  $180 – $500

Instructions To Replace The Headlight Bulb For Mazda 3:

1. Pull the lever near the steering column to open the hood
2. Remove the plastic cover and then remove the connector
3. Remove the rubber seal to reveal the metal retainer clip
4. Now release the clip by pushing it in and to the side
5. Now take out the old bulb and insert the new one and fasten the clip by pushing it down and towards the bulb
6. Finally put the seal, connector and plastic cover back and close the hood.

 

Instructions To Replace The Headlight Assembly For Mazda 3:

1. First remove the plastic clips and metal screws that hold the splash guard to the front bumper. These screws and clips are located at the underside as well as under the wheel arches and at the top. Then, pull back the fender and remove the bolt inside.

2. Now, behind the grille you will find two clips that clip in to the bumper bar. Pull up and out on those and the bumper cover should come out.

3. Remove the ambient temperature sensor from its mounting bracket with a pair of pliers and also disconnect the fog light wire and dummy wires.

4. Remove the three headlight bolts, two on the lower side of the headlight and one at the top. Additionally, there is a clip at the top which has to be removed.

5. Finally, unclip the headlight wires and the assembly should now come free.

6. The main headlight bulb and the right bulb can be changed without removing the assembly but to change the corner bulb, you would probably need to remove the assembly.

7. Now, using a screwdriver remove the screw connecting the headlight and the mounting bracket and pull on the ends to unlock them.

8. Fix the mounting bracket onto the new headlight and connect back the wire harnesses.

9. Put the new headlight in place and screw back the bolts and clips.

10. Finally, reconnect the temperature sensor and dummy wires and put the bumper cover in place with all the clips and screws back in.

 

Ford Focus Timing Belt Replacement Cost And Schedule

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Ford Focus timing belt varies between $400 to $600 on average depending on your year model, where you’re located and whether you get it done at a dealership or at a local mechanic. The suggested cost here includes replacement of the timing belt, water pump and tensioner + labor. If  other parts are going to be replaced such as the power steering and AC compressor belts, seals and gaskets then the cost may be a little higher.

How much time does it take?

The time taken to replace the belt is usually around 3 to 4 hours.

How often should you replace the timing belt?

The schedule for replacing the timing belt of a Ford Focus should generally be at an interval of 100,000 miles. Do check your manual and see what the recommended interval is.

Does A Ford Focus have a timing belt or chain?

The Ford Focus cars with a zetec engine have a timing belt while the ones with a duratec engine have a chain.

Model Year Timing Belt Part Cost Other Parts Cost Total Parts Cost Total Replacement Cost(parts + Labor)
Water Pump Tensioner Local Mechanic Dealership
 2000  $25 – $40  $45 – $50  $40 – $55  $85 – $105  $400 – $450  $500 – $600
 2001  $25 – $40  $45 – $50  $40 – $55  $85 – $105  $400 – $450  $500 – $600
 2002  $25 – $40  $45 – $50  $40 – $55  $85 – $105  $400 – $450  $500 – $600
 2003  $25 – $40  $45 – $50  $40 – $55  $85 – $105  $400 – $450  $500 – $600
 2004  $25 – $40  $45 – $50  $40 – $55  $85 – $105  $400 – $450  $500 – $600

 

Prius Headlight Replacement Cost And How To

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Toyota Prius headlight bulb varies between $8 to $15 for the halogen bulb and $ 25-$ 30 for the HID bulb and for the headlight assembly it is between $ 110 to $ 460. These costs vary depending on your year model, where you’re located and other things like CAPA certification, SAE compliance, warranty period, quality of materials, finish, and whether the assembly comes with or without bulbs or even a wiring harness.

 

Model Year Headlight Assembly Cost
 2005  $90 – $450
 2006  $90 – $450
 2007  $90 – $450
 2008  $80 – $460
 2009  $80 – $460
 2010  $130 – $400
 2011  $110 – $380
 2012  $110 – $380
 2013  $110 – $380
 2014  $110 – $380

How To Replace The Headlight Bulb On A Prius:

1. Open the hood, undo the screws and remove the front cover.
2. Remove the plastic piece that has a handle sticking out
3. Remove the domed headlight assembly cover that has a fin like structure by turning it counterclockwise.
4. To remove the headlight, turn the gold colored lead wire counterclockwise and then just pop it out.
5. Undo the wire clip by pushing it towards the front of the car to unlock it and then fold it down to remove the bulb
6. Now put in the new bulb and engage the clip. Finally, fix the lead back on as well as the plastic piece assembly cover and the front cover
How much time does it take?It shouldn’t take more than 10 mins to replace the headlight bulb on a Toyota Prius

 

Mazda 3 Clutch Replacement Cost

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a Mazda 3 clutch varies between $900 to $1500 on average depending on your year model, where you’re located and whether you get it done at a dealership or at a local mechanic. . The suggested cost here includes replacement of the clutch disc, pressure plate, throwout bearing, pilot bearing, resurfacing of the flywheel and labor.

How much time does it take?

The time taken to replace the clutch usually takes 4 to 5 hours for a skilled mechanic.

 

 

How much do the parts cost?

There are clutch kits available for the Mazda 3 which will cost anywhere between $210 to $415 depending on the brand, the year model, and what the kit comes equipped with, for example a kit with a spring hub would cost more than a kit with a rigid hub, some kits may have heavy duty pressure plates with better friction for street racing  or some kits may include a flywheel as well as master and slave cylinders whereas others may not. Exedy and Luk are two well known brands that manufacture oem clutch kits.

 

Can I replace the clutch on my own?

There are videos you can watch on youtube which show you how to replace the clutch on a Mazda 3 from which you can assess yourself whether it’s a job you have the time for and can handle or whether you would prefer to give it to a mechanic.

Model Year Clutch Kit Cost Total Replacement Cost(parts + Labor)
Local Mechanic Dealership
 2004  $210 – $250  $900 – $1050  $1100 – $1500
 2005  $210 – $250  $900 – $1050  $1100 – $1500
 2006  $210 – $250  $900 – $1050  $1100 – $1500
 2007  $210 – $250  $900 – $1050  $1100 – $1500
 2008 $250 – $450  $950 – $1100  $1150 – $1550
 2009 $250 – $450  $950 – $1100  $1150 – $1550
 2010  $315 – $415  $1000 –  $1150  $1200 – $1600
 2011  $260 – $415  $950 – $1100  $1150 – $1600
 2012  $260  $900 – $1050  $1100 – $1500

BMW E46 Clutch Replacement Cost

How much does it cost?

The replacement cost for a BMW E46 clutch varies between $750 to $1300 on average depending on your year model, where you’re located and whether you get it done at a dealership or at a local mechanic. . The suggested cost here includes replacement of the clutch disc, pressure plate, throwout bearing, pilot bearing, resurfacing of the flywheel and labor.

How much time does it take?

The time taken to replace the clutch for an E46 usually takes about 4 to 5 hours for a skilled mechanic.

 

 

How much do the parts cost?

There are clutch kits available for the E46 which will cost anywhere between $250 to $1200 depending on the brand, the year model, and what the kit comes equipped with, for example a kit with a spring hub would cost more than a kit with a rigid hub, some kits may have heavy duty pressure plates with better friction for street racing or some kits may include a flywheel as well as master and slave cylinders whereas others may not. Exedy and Luk are two well known brands that manufacture oem clutch kits.

 

Can I replace the clutch on my own?

There are videos you can watch on youtube which show you how to replace the clutch on a BMW E46 from which you can assess yourself whether it’s a job you have the time for and can handle or whether you would prefer to give it to a mechanic.

Model Year Clutch Kit Cost Total Replacement Cost(parts + Labor)
Local Mechanic Dealership
 1998  $350 – $1200  $750 – $800  $1000 – $1300
 1999  $350 – $1200  $750 – $800  $1000 – $1300
 2000  $180 – $1100  $650 – $750  $900 – $1200
 2001  $250 – $1100  $675 – $790  $950 – $1250
 2002  $250 – $1100  $675 – $790  $950 – $1250
 2003  $250 – $1100  $675 – $790  $950 – $1250
 2004  $250 – $1100  $675 – $790  $950 – $1250
 2005  $250 – $1100  $675 – $790  $950 – $1250