I went to the dealership where I got my car because I was having car problems and they said that there were several things that needed to be done. The timing belt, radiator, and water pump needed replacing. They wanted to charge over $1000.00 to do the job and I could not believe it. My dad is planning on doing the job because he always works on his cars and never lets anyone else touch them. What is your opinion concerning the timing belt? That is my main concern because I know it is a meticulous job and is crucial to the function of the car when replacing. I've been reading up online but have yet to find anything on the make and model of my car. I just don't want to let someone do the job who charges through the roof because it is such a tedious process when my dad could do the job with no labor charges.
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Re: timing belt replacement
It's not the easiest belt to do, I think it has the grenade style hydraulic tensioner, which is not a big deal if you know how to reload them, but if he's done timing belts before, it should all go OK if he takes his time. If you need info on the tensioner or anything else, just let me know. I would suggest registering the car for free at autozone, I'm pretty sure they have a manual for this job/car available. Also, check ebay for parts, some sellers have timing belt kits that include pumps....very cheap!
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750.00 to 800.00 plus or minus 100.00 to replace the belt tensioner. Prices vary with each car. Labor is the biggest expense. Since parts are cheaper than the labor, it is better to replace several parts at the same time to save paying the high labor costs again in the near future. Replace timing belt, pulleys, belt tensioner and the water pump at the same time. The price to replace all of the mentioned parts would be over 1000.00.
well, this part comes off to do the timing belt so if it was bad they should replace it but!!!!! not without your permisson first,just because its coming off doesnt mean they can replace it because its bad, they quote you a price they should stick to it, any extra cost would be nice to get your approval before installing more parts, hope this helps.
The water pump failure sounds fishy to me. I avoid dealerships at all cost. They tend to overcharge , and fix unnecessary stuff.
The timing belt on the other hand should have been done at 100,000 km / 60,000 mi
The reason the service writers always recommend that the water pump be changed along with the timing belt and cam and crank seals, is that they are all located together, and it takes a long time (which you pay for) to take everything off to get to the area, so you may as well replace the other things which will go out soon with that high of a mileage anyway. Altogether, it runs between $500-$700, but it should last you another 100,000 miles. Your serpentine belt should cost about $130 parts and labor. If you are in doubt or the dealership has a bad reputation, have it towed somewhere else. Any time you have doubts, cal the BBB in your area and ask questions.
My 2002 F350 keeps blowing fuse 45. I lose the instrument cluster (all gauges) and there is no throttle response. Sounds like a wire for the od button is shorting out in the steering column. Remove the ignition switch and column shroud and look for a bare wire. be sure and look by where the boot sits. I am just looking for more info before I try it myself. Hope this works for others.
Hey man, here's the thing.. Dealerships always tell you to take your car to them for service because they record everything done to a car so in times like this you could just look the info up..
For instance.. My timing belt broke and ruined my engine so i took it to my best friends import tuning shop and had him do an engine swap, no big deal, altho my receipt from his shop is THE ONLY way anyone would ever know that i swapped unless i told them. I did the right thing and had it added to my car's "history" when I replaced recalls at the dealership but even the dealership couldn't tell my engine was not the original and your dealership COULD tell, so man.. you need to contact the ppl that sold you the car, because lawfully you are due a refund or at the very least an intense history report of when they or any other previous owners had the car. Also the dealership is completely correct in that there is definitely a code on that tab coming off the cylinder head.. and if it has been milled off, it was milled for a reason, to hide something obviously so contact your previous owner (get it off the title if you forgot who they are) ask them everything they know about the engine, you'll be able to tell if they are honest.. and if they know nothing, then next step is contacting the shop that changed the timing belt and tell them you want answers to what happened to your "original" engine. This is a tough one..