Interference or not... If the timing belt breaks... where will it happen?
Will the world be treated to newscamera pictures of your car snarling
traffic - making hundreds of thousands of commuters late for work or late
for supper? Will it break in an area where your cell phone has NO bars in
more places? Will it break in an area where the tow truck bill might have
you take out a second mortgage?
It's an interesting question... especially the way it is asked. No thoughts
of being late for something important... frustration, unecessary expense,
inconvenience. Just a simple "if the belt breaks, will it destroy the motor
in my 15 year old car?"....
One needs to consider all the aspects.... will it break on the way to that
important job interview? Or on the way to the hospital with ones pregnant
wife? If we miss our court date, will a "bench warrant" be issued?
My maintenance was always guided by "what if it happend when my wife
and kids are 40 miles from nowhere?"
I still look at tires and think of the PITA of changing one near Vegas in
August and go buy four new ones.
Jim, found your response quite humorous and thought provoking. Made me
think of myself on the six o' clock news blocking traffic while road ragers
were cursing at me. I'll use my tax refund to pay for a belt replacement.
Very well put, Jim. On my first day of my official work life in summer
1989, mine break in my 82 Mercury Lynx at 63K miles on my VERY FIRST day
on the job...luckily I had an understanding supervisor and I actually
still work at the same company albeit with a college degree and a good
job in Corporate, but still the timing belt NEVER breaks in a convenient
spot...I would rather worry about where it might break rather than
whether it will kill my engine...I would replace it real soon, you are
definitely on borrowed time...
Although technically a non-interference engine, valves HAVE been bent
on these engines with a failed belt.
Was bad enough on my neices '94 that the engine had to be changed.
(piston damage as well as head damage)
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I had it done recently on my 1995LX, and for a water pump and timing
belt, and timing belt tensioner (which was part of the water pump) it
was $420, using parts that I specificed. I probably could have saved
$20 if I had OK'ed a no-name timing belt.
Depends if the engine is a non-interference type. If not, then piston / valve
damage may result. My best qeuss is somewhere around $250-300 depending
on how much "stuff" has to come off just to get to the belt.
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