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post Nov 12 2011, 01:37 PM
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I'm almost at 80k and I'm pretty sure that the previous owner did not replace the timing belt or have a tuneup done. I plan on taking this to the stealership and shopping around for the cheapest quality parts. My list so far is: Oem (timing belt, timing belt tensioner, tensioner pulley, idler pulley) and Aisin (water pump). I'll get Gates or Gatorback Power Steering & Alt./AC belts.

Is it necessary to go Oem with the pulleys? I can save about $30 by going with Gates pulleys, but I do want to make sure that this is done right if it only has to be done every 60k miles. I have a small oil leak and I was told that the tube seals need to be replaced (I'm trying to hold off on doing this for another few months). Is there anything else that is necessary/recommended while they are replacing the timing belt (sprockets, pulleys for the other belts, etc.)? I would hate to have to pay for the labor again just to replace a $20 part.
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post Nov 12 2011, 03:26 PM
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A mechanic replacing a timing belt on ANY car is going to recommend replacing the water pump as well as long as it is off to do the timing belt.
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post Nov 14 2011, 08:35 AM
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I replaced my timing belt at around 114k but didn't need to replace the water pump
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post Nov 14 2011, 02:33 PM
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Considering how much labor is involved for the timing belt, I would get as much done as possible while everything is apart.
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post Nov 14 2011, 03:31 PM
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QUOTE (Jouw @ Nov 14 2011, 01:35 PM) *
I replaced my timing belt at around 114k but didn't need to replace the water pump

The reason the water pump gets replaced when the timing belt is done, is because the water pump sits behind the timing belt. If the water pump fails now, instead of paying the $60 or so for a new one, you will have to pay the $60 plus a crazy labor charge. Unless you did it yourself, then you will just have to do that work all over again.
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post Nov 27 2011, 03:09 PM
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I just replaced my timing belt yesterday 170k miles and the belt didn't look bad at all. I got all of my parts from RockAuto.com it was $125 plus shipping and it came with water pump, tensioner, idlers, and belt everything you need to replace it.
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post Nov 29 2011, 01:25 PM
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QUOTE (Pearl01stratcpe @ Nov 14 2011, 06:31 PM) *
The reason the water pump gets replaced when the timing belt is done, is because the water pump sits behind the timing belt. If the water pump fails now, instead of paying the $60 or so for a new one, you will have to pay the $60 plus a crazy labor charge. Unless you did it yourself, then you will just have to do that work all over again.

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I got mine done around 105K cost me $300 including parts to get the timming belt, water pump, serpantine belt, new plugs and wires, and a new rotor and distributor cap.
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post Nov 29 2011, 02:47 PM
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QUOTE (nate_0022 @ Nov 29 2011, 05:25 PM) *
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I got mine done around 105K cost me $300 including parts to get the timming belt, water pump, serpantine belt, new plugs and wires, and a new rotor and distributor cap.


Must be nice. That would easily be close to $1000 here.
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post Nov 29 2011, 05:47 PM
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I'm hoping it'll cost me in that neighborhood. I'm having my cousin do it, because I honestly don't trust myself enough to tackle this.
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post Nov 29 2011, 08:52 PM
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QUOTE (Centurin @ Nov 29 2011, 05:47 PM) *
Must be nice. That would easily be close to $1000 here.


Yep dealership quoted me at $900 just to do the timing belt. I said fuck that and left before I even asked about doing the water pump, motor mounts and tranny flush.
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post Nov 30 2011, 02:25 PM
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QUOTE (StreetLegal? @ Nov 30 2011, 01:52 AM) *
Yep dealership quoted me at $900 just to do the timing belt.


That's why I never take my car to a dealership...ever...I've got a long-standing relationship with a local mechanic their labor rates are almost always lower...
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post Jan 15 2012, 11:50 AM
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I got 132K on my car and the water pump just failed this week before the timing belt. I also need a new clutch and my valve covers are pissing oil out all over the place as well so I am unsure what I am going to do because I wanted to replace the motor soon. Found a new rebuilt motor for $1750. All said and done it will prob be around $2500 with a new clutch. I think that beats spending $1000 at a dealership. Of course ill be installing the motor myself and the other price is having the dealer do it...But just comparing...
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post Jan 15 2012, 01:47 PM
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Timing belt, water pump, etc... aren't expensive to replace if you do it yourself. It's just the time to tear-down and put-together that really drags time (and money if someone else is doing it).

I'd suggest doing everything that nate_0022 mentioned. As I personally did plugs and wires, then the timing belt and water pump, then the rotor and dist. cap all on 3 different occasions. It wasn't exactly necessary to do all of them at once, but they were all replaced in about a year and half period.
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