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What happens if I don't replace timing belt at 102,000? Will it quit and kill the engine? Or will I just have to get it towed and replace the belt?

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If it breaks there is always a possibility of the valves getting bent. So instead of $50 to $100 dollars for a new timing belt (do it yourself) you will easily spend 10 times that removing the heads and replacing the valves. Not to mention the unexpected down time and the added expense of the tow. throw in the couple of weeks that it will take you and you will probably have to invest in a bunch of special tools. thats a lot of your time and money spent for what could have been a Sunday afternoon project.

It is always much cheaper to replace before they break.

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