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Timing Belt went and Now need valve replacement

I have a 2000 Rodeo S, 4cyl, 5 speed car. Since I've purchased it, I've had to replace the brakes and a brake line, replaced the clutch and the compressor when then air conditioner went and the exhaust when it cracked. It has about 94000 miles on it. The timing belt since went on it- for some reason I thought I had it changed 2 years ago but when it was replaced after leaving me on the side of the road for the 3rd time, the car wouldn't start. Turns out the valves are bent. I'm wondering if I should bother to get the valves replaced, get a new engine or scrap the car altogether. Trade in values range fromm $800 KBB to $1500 Edmunds and NADA. Should I pay to get it back on the road and trade in- can I trust the engine repair/replacement will work and give a few more years on the car?

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  • phall271 Dec 10, 2008

    The trade-in value I listed was based upon an evaluation of rough, fair or average depending on the listing. With a timing belt going and bending the valves, is it safe to say replacement of such would fix the problem or do I need them to inspect other parts of the engine like the bearings....just want to replace the valves and then it still doesn't work. Not sure what to ask, what to look for or if someone can definately say, junk it. For what I've paid for the car, $ spent on repairs divided by the length of time I've had the car, I'm looking at a cost of about $3k a year for the car...I think I did pretty good if I junked it no?



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Normally bearings don't get destroyed as long as there is engine oil and no overheating of the engine. It is normal for valves to bend when timing belt snaps, but you can still fix the engine and use it. That is if you are still interested , for most individuals scrapping is the easiest and most convenient alternative. But if you want to keep the car , fix it. You just have to replace valves and valve seat, cylinder head gasket. Labor charge would rather be high in your country for this type of repair. All would depend on inspection.

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I know how you feel . if you put more money into it for trade in the best you can hope for is to break even maybe.If you scrap about $100 and if you sell on some where like craigslist without fixing you can get $400- $ 600 maybe more depending of cond... I guess it depends if you think its worth putting in more money.....

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  • kelvin smotherman Dec 10, 2008

    With the bent valves you could have damage to the heads ...pistons would end up cheaper to buy a rebuilt motor.thats about $ 1500 plus labor ...i would put on craigslist to sell atleast you would get some of your money back......



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