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Hey everyone,
I'm upset right now because I bought a used Ducati 2001 748SS and just noticed it was leaking oil. It only has about 5k miles on it so I didn't thinkg it would have any problems with it.

Dropped it off at a Ducati dealer in Metuchen, NJ and they are quoting me about $1,200 to open up the engine and check out the 2 supposed leaks they found when they cleaned the engine and took it for a ride.

This is a lot and just wanted to see if anyone has any recommendations. Anybody know anybody cheaper that can do a good job in the tri-state area? Thats a lot of money to spend and I don't trust myself to do that job on my own.

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European Cycle Service in Middletown NY. Don't get any better! Price to fix depends on what's leaking. Could very well cost you that much...Will
 

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748 leak

i guess that's a quote is to check out the leak(s), then give you a quote on the repair?

many shops get $100/hr, so that's 12hrs to take off the bodywork, disass all fuel/wiring/incidentals, dis-ass the engine, then re-ass everything. the labor rate is market-driven, and the time actually sounds kinda reasonable.

to source the leak i'd get a second opinion from another shop, and maybe here. any pics?
 

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Whether it's fair or not depends on where the leak is. If the repair involves splitting the cases then it sounds ok. If it's a valve cover then it's way out of line.
 

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There's probably a good chance it's coming from either the head bolts/studs being broken or loose, or another common place would be a cylinder gasket. Whatever they need to do, you can be pretty sure it'll be an engine-out procedure, with $10 in parts and $1,190 labor. Is there any part you're able to do yourself for dismantling the thing? I just took the engine out of my supersport, not bad, and took around 3 hrs? IF you could give them just the engine, I'm pretty sure the price would be more around $300-$400 by saving them around 6 hrs in 'dis-assing' as standswithabeer said.
 

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There's probably a good chance it's coming from either the head bolts/studs being broken or loose, or another common place would be a cylinder gasket. Whatever they need to do, you can be pretty sure it'll be an engine-out procedure, with $10 in parts and $1,190 labor. Is there any part you're able to do yourself for dismantling the thing? I just took the engine out of my supersport, not bad, and took around 3 hrs? IF you could give them just the engine, I'm pretty sure the price would be more around $300-$400 by saving them around 6 hrs in 'dis-assing' as standswithabeer said.
+1 on that, the engine can come out with most of the bike still intact, maybe 3 hours of your own time if experienced.
 

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Yes it is a quote to split the engine and with repair its going to be around $15-1600 now. I guess it is reasonable considering the work that can be done.

Wish I would have thought about removing the engine myself and giving them that. I guess my biggest concern is I bought the bike for only about twice as much as its costing me to repair it. Guess thats why I got it so cheap haha.

Sad part is I graduated with a Mech Eng degree but still don't trust myself to repair it since I better there are a lot of technical aspects that only specialists know i think.
 

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they found 'supposed' leaks...

does this mean you did not take the bike in to get the leaks fixed?

before spending 1500bucks, i would be taking a very, very close look at those leaks.

i can spit further than i trust the nearest duc dealer around here.
 

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How bad is the leak and what harm will it do if you leave it leaking?

My ST2 developed a leak a while back. I decided it wasn't worth fixing for now, so.....I've put about 20k miles on it and the leak is about the same as it was. I just don't worry about the engine looking filthy. In the situation of splitting the cases, I have always figured if I'm splitting the cases for anything, it'll be for a total rebuild and not to just replace a $3 seal.
 

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How bad is the leak and what harm will it do if you leave it leaking?

My ST2 developed a leak a while back. I decided it wasn't worth fixing for now, so.....I've put about 20k miles on it and the leak is about the same as it was. I just don't worry about the engine looking filthy. In the situation of splitting the cases, I have always figured if I'm splitting the cases for anything, it'll be for a total rebuild and not to just replace a $3 seal.
+1 absolutely. Splitting the cases means it wasn't any head gasket, broken stud, or bad pistons/rings. If it comes down to splitting the cases, I think $1,500 sounds like a normal price on your machine. I don't think you'll get a much better price elsewhere at a reputable shop.

With that said, if you still have the bike in your garage, I would get in touch with some local Ducati owners. Give them a couple beers to come look at your bike and offer some free advice/help with the issue. If you're like me, $1,500 is a lot of money. I think a lot of board members are like me where we wouldn't have any problem being invited over to someones house to give them a little help with their bike. Heck if I was close by, I'd help you drop the engine for 3hrs on a Sunday afternoon if you gave me like $50. You're 2,000 miles away from me. Look in the 'Regional Discussions' area of the board for people near you? GL.
 
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