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I have 2006 Dodge Stratus 4 cycl. It died on me while i was driving and wouldn't start back up. i had a mechanic check it out and he said it was the timing belt but he couldn't tell me for sure if replacing the timing belt would fix the problem or if i would need a new motor. would it be woth it to fix it or to get get a new car(that i can't afford)???? how much wouldthis cost??? the mechanic mentioned changing the timing belt, head job, or new motor...

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The problem is that it depends on the mileage and the condition of the car and if it was kept up, the timing belt is what keeps the top and bottom of the motor in time, when the belt breaks the pistons come up and hit and bend the valves because the belt is not turning the cams to close the valves, most of the time there is valve damage, you can ask him to install a belt and then before putting everything back together to do a compression test, the test will show if there are bent valves, sometimes people get lucky and dont bent valves because the valves closed but they were at a light or going slow, this makes it so the engine isnt spinning so fast and valves close before damage is done,If you have over 100,000 miles maybe its time for another car, the thing is whats next, the transmissions in these cars are known for going bad also.i just did a little research and found that this car has daul overhead cams which makes the valve bending more definite, i would say for sure theres valve damage, this can be fixxed but the head would have to be removed and sent to a machine shop for new valves and a valve job, this could cost about $600.00 then the labor for the tech to remove the head and install it and the new belt and plus parts, i would say about $2000.00. this is something you need to think about. if the car is in great shape and you did all the maintinace to it and dont need other repairs like brakes, tuneup or tire and the cars body and inside are great and mileage is around 80,0000 then maybe fix it, otherwise replace it, hope this helps.

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Hello
I agree, the problem with the timing belt breaking is that the belt keeps all of the engine component in time when it breaks everthing internal is still rotating and then the engine becomes out of time and then the internal parts begin to come in contact with others and damage occurs. A new belt and head job can be pretty expensive depending on the damage done, if the rest of the car works fine i would price a used engine replace the timing belt before installing it, i think they should be done around 70,000 miles you can usually get a good used engine with a warrenty for around 700 to 1000 dollars plus labor which is about the same cost as the timing belt and head job that may not fix your problem
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Chris

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