BY TOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI Modified: August 20, 2012 at 11:35 am •  Published: August 20, 2012

TOM: Put that all together, and considering the average shop charges about $90 an hour these days, that's about $45 worth of labor, which is about what you paid.

RAY: And by the way, I love your optimism, Frank: Putting a five-year battery in an '86 Accord!

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