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according to my mechanic, whoever did my timing belt change about a year ago didn't tighten something back well enough and something got wallowed out. he 'patched' it by putting a bigger washer on it now but said I need a new motor. He thinks a friend of his still has a similar escort for sale for $500 (for the whole car) because a tree fell on it and he knows the motor is good because he worked on it. Otherwise he said he'll go to a junkyard he's dealt with for years that has yet to sell him a bad one. He roughly esitimates that would be about $1100 to do.

I am PISSED at that other garage! But I will definitely pay $1100 to have my car back


Oh well...
 

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That just SUCKS. What was it that was supposed to have been done wrong to a point where a washer will patch it but you still need a whole new engine?
 

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Hold on a second. The only thing that needs to be "tightend" (besides bolts that hold the motor mount and cover) is the belt tentioner on the water pump. But they are knowen to go bad anyways.
Worst case, you need a new water pump (that's where the belt tentioner is). I can not see how you could possibly need a new motor.
Post picture. I dont belive this mechanic.
 

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perhaps I am quoting him wrong so I will get it again as to what he said was wrong. I don't know what to take a picture of to show y'all what's wrong but I honestly trust this guy 100%. Whatever broke was only temporarily fixed by him so he said I could get a new crankshaft but by the time he did what all he'd have to do I might as well just get another engine to put in it. $1100 for an engine with a 90 day warranty on it plus 12 month warranty from him on his labor, installed, seems pretty good to me and he said he's never gotten a bad one from that junkyard. Plus he may be able to get one cheaper if that damaged scort is still available. I will ask him again what exactly is broken and how he thinks it was broken. But I know he suspects the person who did my timing belt.
 

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Well I guess the crack shaft could of gotten damaged if the pulley/balancer was'nt tight. Still, I dunno. Would like to see pic's of damage.

As far as the $1100, I say get your hands dirty. I bet if you search craigs list you'll find a running 1.9er (or even a 2.0) for $100-200. Rent a engine puller and get a set of Stanley metric wrenches and sockets. If you can turn a wrench you can get it done on a saturday. Throw in a new water pump and T-belt, intake gasket would be a good idea to.

Thats IF you need a new motor.
 
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