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Old 26 Jan 2011, 04:00 pm
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Default how much $$ for a timer belt change?

price of parts, and labour, how much would it turn out to be?

Should i get an aftermarket belt, or only go with chrysler belts?

And if aftermarket, where can I find a good and cheap site (NOT using paypal), that can ship it to me?

Thanks!

PS, what would happen if the timing belt broke?
Would I still be able to drive to the mechanic?
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Old 26 Jan 2011, 04:48 pm
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rockauto sells decent kits at a decent price. also think about a water pump since it's in the same area as the timing belt.

if the belt breaks, your car won't run.
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Old 26 Jan 2011, 05:11 pm
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Prices go from between if say $695---$1400

yep it is that big a spread depending on where and who the parts are under $200 its the time to do the job I got my labor for like $550 and ther parts were close to $200

some have paid a dealer as much as $1200-$1400 and to be hoonest this is a job I did not want to do and I wanted a GOOD warrenteeeee casue i cant tell you how many time guys will have it done and then have to take it back to haev the cams reset cause it is off and that is a HUGE problem with some shops and a lot of guys have tackled it them selfs just to have to go back and redo it

Look arounf but I bet it will be close to a grand
and like already said

do the water pump since you have to be right next to it anyway and if you dont and have to later it is almost as expensive to change
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Old 26 Jan 2011, 05:14 pm
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one more thing the PT is a NON interfreance engin NO matter what any one tell you the pistons will not hit the values but the valves can hit each other ( not sure how but they can) usally if it breaks on a hard get up and go or running some high rev's driving it normal will not break anything it just wont start

and the 100,000 mark is really streaching your luck

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Old 26 Jan 2011, 10:56 pm
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and the 100,000 mark is really streaching your luck

good luck
I'm at 101.000 already. My mechanic said the belt still looks good enough to go for another 20.000 (back then, that's 19.000 miles now).

Still I'll need some time saving up for it.

Is there anything you can do to prolong belt life, like give it an oil treatment, or some spray of some sort, or so?
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Old 26 Jan 2011, 11:18 pm
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I'm at 101.000 already. My mechanic said the belt still looks good enough to go for another 20.000 (back then, that's 19.000 miles now).

Still I'll need some time saving up for it.

Is there anything you can do to prolong belt life, like give it an oil treatment, or some spray of some sort, or so?
No,there is nothing you can do to prolong the belt life.All you can do is change it or hope it does'nt break.
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Old 27 Jan 2011, 01:33 am
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Default Re: how much $$ for a timer belt change?

You may be forgetting tow, being stranded and, loss of vehicle why waiting in line at a service shop.
Your belt will also be subject to go from looking good to shot by a idler and or tensioner getting ready to shell out.
Realistic for good belt and kit plus water pump at 300 for parts. I may add if a shop does it for you, you may want to know if they will evac the freon and check for leaks when done. I have noticed alot of posts seem to lose freon in air conditioner after changing belt with out removing freon and lines. I to done that with out removing lines, and know there was stress put on them and possibly this summer will not have air!!
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Old 27 Jan 2011, 09:11 am
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make sure u have a reputable person/company do it. the Chrysler dealer did mine back in the day and did not change the tensioners. all that for 850.it jumped timing 2 weeks ago. my neighbor who is a mechanic did it for me for a couple hundred. bought the kit from NAPA for 120.
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Old 29 Jan 2011, 03:54 pm
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You can get the parts all OEM: belt, tensioner, pulley and water pump from Mopar Parts for about $200. I just changed it on my 01 N/A with 120000 miles and it was a very hard job but not impossible. Maybe you can buy the parts and get a good mechanic to do it or you can do it yourself. Ohh and you don't need to disconnect the AC lines, so don't worry about that
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Old 29 Jan 2011, 04:12 pm
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I'd not risk it any further. The belt would look just fine five minutes before it
cooked, and as the guys have said, the idlers will also fail, and/or the
water pump, destroying even a new belt.

It will fail at the very worst possible time, when it's the coldest, busiest
intersection and you're on a first date with a cute chick, then your
wife drives by ...

Gates makes fine belts, Chrysler makes fine water pumps.

As said, you could save money by doing it yourself, it's not fun, unless you're a sadist.
You'd do a much better job than the dealer, as discussed.
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