enough to put it off until you can afford it (like tax refund time) without
much risk, but going another year would make me uneasy. I know that is
pretty conservative and the added risk of failure in the 8th year is small
but the cost... ayeayeayeaye.
Call around for the best price; of course, don't call places you wouldn't
trust to do a conscientious job and to back up their work. Prices can vary
widely and depend partly on how much they replace while the belt is off. I
recommend replacement of the water pump and the crank and cam seals while
they are accessible but others say it is a waste of money. With the low
miles your chosen mechanic's recommendation is better than mine. At 60K
miles I wouldn't expect your tensioner to need replacement - that's more of
a high mileage thing.
as usual, i disagree about the need to replace seals. risk of damage
outweighs risk of leakage. it's mostly just a profit increment for the
shop and no good for the car. and it's pretty damned pointless from the
perspective of the biggest leakiest bearing in the whole vehicle - the
main seal which remains untouched because it's too hard to get at! it's
best to use a quality oil with decent seal conditioners and leave alone.
Replace timing belt, water pump, all drive belts and coolant. Prices were
$850, $810 (provides a loaner car) and $790. I'm going with the $810 dealer
primarily because he can do it in 6 days from today vs 17 days for the $850
dealer. The $790 guy is abut a 40 min drive with no way for me to get home.
Too bad I didn't think about it sooner as I just had my EGR valve replaced
(under the 80,000 mile/8 yr. extended warranty) and could have had the belt
replacement done at the same time.
Thanks for the comments.
Yes, I often think about the seasons while at the beach.........in January.
I lived up North most of my life, and I can honestly tell you I don't miss
the seasons at all. And if I want Fall colors or snow, I just drive about 8
hours up to North Carolina for a weekend. I couldn't ski when living in
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