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Old 08-18-2016, 07:32 AM   #41
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Slowly closing in on the 100K replace-timing-belt on my "new" car (2000). I'll have to check if it's interference or not (where would one find this info??) If not, I'll probably wait for it to break and then replace or scrap. It could come down to the "devil I know" when deciding whether to invest in the car. YMMV
if the timing belt breaks (or even skips a tooth) that's really bad juju

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Old 08-18-2016, 08:05 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by Big_Hitter View Post
if the timing belt breaks (or even skips a tooth) that's really bad juju
Could be as simple and cheap as a tow job (and then decide if worth it to replace) or it could be a bullet between the headlamps. My last broken timing belt (described above) was just a tow job and replacement. YMMV

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Old 09-06-2016, 11:26 AM   #43
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.... but I've got it priced out at $575 (yourmechanic), and that includes water pump and some pulleys..what ever is in the typical kit, I guess.
Just a follow-up to contrast this experience with taking the car to a dealership (where the "writer" makes a commission on everything he gets you to agree to), versus having the guy come to the house to do the work.

The guy from yourmechanic dot com came to the house and did the job. Really nice guy, came with his wife, actually. Was thankful to being able to do the work in the garage (but he brings an eazy-up and tarps for shade if he doesn't get a garage). No billing surprises, no pushy add-ons, nothing like that. I went out there just once and he showed me the old water pump and old pulleys and the new shiny ones he'd installed. The car runs great (of course the car wouldn't run at all if the belt wasn't on right), and there's no apparent leaks. He left the garage clean (no sign of coolant), so it was a very professionally done job. I'm sure it varies by who gets assigned to your job, but they do have a feedback system on their site, and I think this guy had been yelped, so we were pretty sure it would be a good experience, and it was.

Now on to having more nice long drives in the car with less angst about needing a tow!

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