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2001 eclipse timing belt stripped teeth after 6k miles

Lost car on highway due to broken timing belt. Bought lower mileage engine new timing kit and many more extras. belt stripped teeth after 6k worth of driving. The mechanic who installed says he doesn't know why it stripped teeth. To car back right after work was done and he never figured out that something was wrong with timing belt. What should i do?

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  • markell preston Nov 30, 2012

    everything was replaced in those areas!I bought a timing kit that had every single piece associated with installing the timing belt I replaced head gasket new spark plugs wires and distributor cap clutch and flywheel, wheel boots, brakes front and back paid almost $3000 in repairs and parts and now my car is in the same situation as it was when the so called mechanic got my car. he got it because of a broke timing belt that was way over its limits. He told me to send him the car so i did, and he wouldn't get back in touch with me to tell me anything. He only responded to my calls when i called and threatened to report the car stolen over his answering machine. The after 3 1/2 weeks he finally calls back.(Mind you i live 110 miles away from where the shop performed the work. When i talked to him he had no answers after all that time. Another mechanic then got on the phone and said "its not our fault maybe you pushed on the gas to much and revved it too hard!" its gonna be 1600 again! Im 32 years old father of 3 and marriaded and I do not dogg my cars out like a young person who just got their first car. I didn't even make it to the 2nd oil change. Also parts were missing off the vehicle when they returned my vehicle after i recently sent it back. No clutch fluid cap head gasket leaking really bad. and empty with clutch fluid? Wth car very dirty and battery dead. The mechanic that jumped on the phone said they love to go to court! After I informed him that i just happen to be a law student! His responsibility for this damage should of been taken care of they 8 times that i went their with rpm problems right after the service he failed to find the problem and know another engine is ruined. Everyone hates to see misinstall but my hours and hours andHours of research point to belt not tentioned enough or too tight, Timing mark not being set in the the right manner. Engine has to be turned manually before pulling pin. When i ask him did he perform the work on my vehicle he wouldn't say. I also have found another family who has wrecked their vehicle because of parts the same guy installed (bearing on the wheel caused the wheel to fall off and they wrecked their vehicle. The insurance ajuster showed them the rusty parts that he put in. He never installed them.

  • markell preston Nov 30, 2012

    Thanks For everyone's Quick Response

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The Front Oil Seal must be replaced when the Timing Belt/Chain is replaced. It is located behind the Crankshaft Pulley on the Crankshaft.

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check for corrosion on the sparkplug wires, both ends. Crankshaft position sensor, cam position sensor and lastly, gulp, the ignition control module..

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Not sure if it's interference or not, but even if it is that doesn't mean you have damaged the engine. It is worth a few bucks for a belt if you can do the labor yourself. If you want to try, I can probably send you instructions. Lemme know.

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This presents a very unique and interesting problem.......the work originally performed on the vehicle is suspect, as the first instance of the vehcile slowing down, is very very very similar to a catastrophic engine drama, like a timing belt breaking, or if it did "skip" a tooth, WHY.......a timing belt does not skip a tooth unless it was not properly tensioned in the first place, or there is a problem with the camshaft or cranshaft gears themselves which would cause this.......so I am extremely cautious on their diagnosis of nothing being wrong......

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The 2.0 Liter SOHC and DOHC engines used in the Neon are interference engines. if the timing belt broke while driving there is about a 6 in 10 chance a valve came in contact with the piston. The only way to know for sure is to replace the belt and perform a compression check to see if any valves are not sealing, so I would ask them whether this was performed or not.

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