Question about 1993 Honda Accord
i would get a second opinion about that, because the description you gave of what happened ("car started to feel sluggish") absolutely does not match the timing belt BREAKING. If the timing belt just broke, the engine would immediately stop firing and you would just as immediately lose all power power to the power steering, brakes, etc. YOu would have to coast to the side of the highway. You would not have the option of cshutting the vehicle off--it would just go off. Of course, the car does behave sluggishly when it has no power--but you never said the engine just stopped, you just said the car got "sluggish".
It IS possible that the timing belt SLIPPED at some point, the timing got way off, and you damaged your valves. This would be because the timing belt tension got super loose, then allowing the teeth in the timing belt to slip around. Imaybe it wasn't adjusted right. Maybe a mechanic just did something bad in the last month and you ended up damaging your valves. You'll never be able to determine.
In general, if something "bad" happens soon after you've had a particular repair, it is worth seeing if the two events are related. Often, (not always), they are. Fuel relay switch?? maybe something else in the fuel delivery system is messed up. That would make the car sluggish. Clogged fuel filter, clogged fuel injectors, intermittently bad fuel pump, or a malfunctioning computer could cause sluggishness in fuel delivery.
Your mechanic could be absolutely right, you could have valve damage and it could have been because of the timing belt either breaking (i doubt it) or slipping.
But you could also have fallen victim to a mechanic who just didn't listen well to what you said, didn't ask enough questions, then went ahead and assumed. Of course, when he takes the engine apart he'll see the truth, and if it's not what he thought he won't overbill you if he's honest. But it'd still cost you a good $150 in labor because getting into the engine is not trivial.
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
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