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Timing belt broke at stop sign & car stopped.

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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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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