Can you tell me how much the timing belt would cost to replace on a 2004 Kia Optima, as well as the labor for the technician? Mine broke at a stop sign. I've lost my house to bankruptcy; I've lost my job; and now I've lost my only car. Please help me, and thank you for any help that you can provide.
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Re: timing belt broke at stop sign & car stopped.
First off, I hope that the timing belt is your only problem. If it is, the timing belt will run about $62. Labor will very from shop to shop. If you call a local auto parts store they will be able to help you find a cheap repair dealer. You can almost figure that labor will be about $80-100+ per hour. I would also image that there will be a 2 hour minimum or something.
The reason I said I hope that it is just your timing belt is that you have an interference engine. This means that if your timing belt was to break, your piston would "interfere" with your valves inside your engine. This could possibly cause you to need to purchase all new pistons, valves, pushrods, rocker arms, etc...Only a mechanic will be able to tell you what all you will need.
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I wish you the best of luck and hope you will be able to get back on the road soon and back on your feet. God Bless.
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If you were driving and your Kia Optima just turned off. Your timimg belt broke and you will also need a crank shaft sensor too. There is a total of two belts inside the motor area (timing belt and balance belt) I would change out the ac and power steering belt as well so their is a total of four belts on the KIA 2004 OPTIMA.
Are you talking about the accessory drive belt or the ignition timing belt?
In any event, if you're confident it is the original, then by all means replace it.
My point in asking about which belt has to do with difficulty of repair. You should be able to replace the accessory drive belt yourself, but you should consider having a mechanic do the ignition timing belt.
The thing is your doing the timing belt the water pump is right their with it . it should cost you much more at all besides the cost of the water pump. When doing a timing belt I have a rule that I go by The timing belt/seals =cam , crank , any pulley & tensioner & water pump all get replaced at the same time. I did a t-belt on a Audi A-8 very complex whole front of car has to come off as well, he didnt want to do w-pump & thermostat his thermostat was their as well not even a month later the water pump gave out he had to pay double the price because he didnt want to do it when I had it apart the first time. And make sure mechanic is ase certified . good luck
For the Crank sensor there is a small metal disc that mounts behind the sensor if that is cracked or dammaged or installed backwards you will get same results as if it wasn't Make sure the timing marks line up on your timing belt. www.kiatechinfo.com