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Is it the timing belt?

I was driving along when the car just stopped? Now when I turn the engine there is just the sound of a blast of air? What is wrong with it?
If it is the timing belt what prices am I looking at??


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It is around $300 for the belt replacement. add another $800 if the valves need to be rebuild. that is for 6 cyclinder.

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