I thought of those when I posted but didn't think they actually used a belt.
I was wrong, they use two timing belts.Thankfully almost all of them have
been through the crusher already. What a POS those things were.
Please, post the facts next time, or all you will get is bad advice and
useless guesses. There is no way labor is adding up to that much for a
silly drive belt. I STRONGLY doubt that the tensioner is bad unless it's
making a racket. And it's not hard to replace, especially if all they
are doing is replacing the pulley and/or bearing. Wiggle it yourself and
see if it feels loose. In short, Yes, you are probably being ripped off.
Unless you left out more info.
YOU said "The belt itself is cheap, but labor costs a lot". ???
As I said before, give us some facts if you want to know if you are
getting screwed. How much exactly is the tensioner, belt, and labor? Did
he tell you what is wrong with the tensioner. I've never had to do
anything other than change the bearing on the pulley, which is part of a
pulley assembly on many vehicles. Just like a doctor, you may want to
take it to another shop for a second opinion.
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